Funding and grants for deliverers and clubs in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a huge financial impact across society including the sport and activity sector. There are a number of fund and grants that have already been announced, with new opportunities frequently being released.

With so much information to sift through, we’re compiled a log of the funds and grants we think are most relevant to deliverers, clubs and physical activity organisations in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. Some can help with lost income, and some might help with new ideas of how you can evolve your business. We’ll aim to keep this information as up to date as possible, and will also be updating our funding search and sharing updates on our social media channels.

Click here to view our full funding search. 


Together Fund – open for applications.

The Together Fund is a continuation of the Moving our Community Fund that was set up in April 2020 as part of Sport England’s support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. 

We are delighted that Leap have successfully applied for £129,084 to identify, support and offer funding to community groups and organisations passionate about tackling inequalities surrounding access to sport and physical activity across Bucks and MK. 

This will allow us to continue our work with partners and organisations working with those groups identified as being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic and significantly impacting their ability to be physically active.  These groups are: – 


  • People from lower socio-economic groups 
  • People who are ethnically and culturally diverse 
  • Disabled people 
  • People with long-term health conditions 



Grants are available from £250 to £5,000 with most grants being up to £3,000 

Who can apply.
The following organisations can apply: 

  • Charities, community groups, social enterprises, community Interest companies or   other not for profit organisations that support sport and physical activity opportunities for our priority audiences.  
  • Organisations must be based or delivering in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes  
  • Organisations must have a recognised constitution/ governing document in place  


*Organisations without a constitution may explore if/how another organisation could receive any funding on their behalf or Leap (or partners) can support them to write a constitution. 


Use of this funding  

The types of activity that might be funded could include:   

  • Hardship through funding support   
  • Funding for community groups to find new ways of keeping our target audience active in this period   
  • Offering advice and training support   
  • Increasing resilience, capacity and capability of delivery bodies   

Click here to find out more and apply for the Together Fund.


Government Coronavirus Financial Support

A range of business support measures have been announced by the UK Government and made available to UK businesses and employees. Support includes business interruption loans, self-employment income support and deferral of self-assessment payments. Click here to view the Government Business Support page which includes details of the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply. Also available is the new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs in retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. Click here to view the new Lockdown Grants to Support Businesses and protect jobs.


Sport England Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

Capital awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 will help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open important places and spaces so that sport and physical activity can happen during the pandemic.

This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by converting existing space to meet social distancing guidelines, or improving a facility’s ventilation.

Click here for information on the fund


Sport England Return to Play: Active Together

Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £1.5m.

With expert advice and guidance to support you, this will help local clubs and organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other Covid-19 related needs.

Click here for information on the fund


Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants

This fund will make awards of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of £10m, to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal, or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment.

Update: fund criteria

Following a brief pause of this fund to review the impact of the lockdown restrictions that all of England is now under, we’ve made three changes to the fund criteria to ensure we better help clubs and organisations:

  • Sport England have relaxed the timeframe in which activity must be up and running to ‘within six weeks from the point of the national or local restrictions being lifted to allow your activity to return’
  • Applicants that support people from IMD areas 1-3 will be able to apply for up to £2,000 to cover running costs (for example rent, utilities and maintenance) as part of an overall return to play plan
  • Sport England will take a broader and more flexible approach for the types of projects which can be supported.

Applications submitted before the brief pause will be assessed and applicants will be able to review their plans in light of the changes to the funding criteria.

Click here for more information on the fund


The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that they are prioritising funding for communities affected by COVID-19. Focusing on funding organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

We will use the following principles to continue to guide our approach in supporting communities:

  • Do more than support organisations to survive and continue; we want to support communities to thrive and grow.
  • Use our funding to continue to support people and communities most affected by COVID-19 building on and strengthening the connections, organisation and resilience which enables communities to thrive.
  • Convene, listen and learn the lessons of the pandemic. 
  • Ensure that our approach as a funder is straightforward and supportive.

Click here to read the National Lottery Community Fund’s detail


Bucks Coronavirus Stabilisation Fund

Heart of Bucks are continuing the Bucks Coronavirus Stabilisation Fund offering grants of up to £10,000 to support activities and projects which alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Buckinghamshire, and support those in our community who are most vulnerable.
Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations which work for the benefit of Buckinghamshire residents (excluding Milton Keynes) including town and parish councils. Projects must benefit one or more of these groups:

  • To support groups who are providing emergency response services to support our local communities – this is likely to include projects providing food supplies, help with accessing medication, etc.
  • To support groups to adapt their ways of working to be COVID-safe and/or to extend provision in response to increased COVID-related demand, for example, by installing screens or converting to digital delivery.
  • To support new projects that will help our communities to recover or prevent problems from emerging or getting worse, for example, a new physical activity or employment support project.
  • To provide funding to help groups to stabilise their financial and operational position where they have experienced serious financial impact as a result of COVID-19

Click here for more information on the fund


National Emergencies Trust In Bucks

Heart of Bucks has launched its National Emergencies Trust offering grants of up to £5000 to support activities and projects which alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Buckinghamshire, and support those in our community who are most vulnerable.

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations which work for the benefit of Buckinghamshire residents (excluding Milton Keynes) including town and parish councils. Projects must benefit one or more of these groups:

  • People aged over 70, or living in a care setting
  • People with a weakened immune system or long-term health condition
  • People with a mental health condition
  • People who are isolated and with limited support networks
  • People who are on a low or insecure income
  • Volunteers assisting with the relief efforts in Bucks (including local ‘hubs’
  • Destitute refugees and asylum seekers staying in Bucks

For full details and to apply, click here.

Milton Keynes Community Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Appeal Fund

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in Milton Keynes to relieve hardship caused directly or indirectly by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Grants up to a maximum of £3000 will normally be considered, subject to funding availability. However larger amounts can be considered



Looking for more?

Leap funding search.
Click here to view the full Leap funding search.

Sport England.
Click here to view the Sport England website and its financial support package.

Community Impact Bucks
Click here to view the guidance for community groups and volunteers. 
Click here to view the Community Impact Bucks funding page. 

MK Community Foundation
Click here to view the Covid-19 update from the MK Community Foundation. 
Click here to view details of the Covid-19 MK Emergency Response Fund.

The Clare Foundation

The Clare Foundation provides strategic guidance, support and funding information to Buckinghamshire charities. Charity leaders can have 1-2-1 pro bono guidance sessions. Their website provides detailed information and guidance to support charities during these times.

Heart of Bucks
Heart of Bucks is the community foundation for Buckinghamshire; a charitable funding organisation that awards grants and loans to local causes, charities and community groups. As one of the largest non-statutory funders in the county, together with its donors, Heart of Bucks has supported more than 3,500 community organisations since its first grant payment in 2000.

Action4Youth provide positive, often transformational experiences and activities which inspire children and young people. They are offering support to organisations and groups working with young people.

Rothschild Foundation
The Rothschild Foundation has contributed to a number of local initiatives responding to the needs of vulnerable Buckinghamshire residents during the coronavirus crisis. They have awarded direct grants to charities providing emergency food, supporting the homeless, and providing help and advice in the most deprived wards in the county. They have also added resource to programmes led by Heart of Bucks and Buckinghamshire Council. The Foundation will continue working with partners and charities to support our local community to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Further information about funding priorities will be published on their website in July.