Sport and physical activity deliver immediate mental health and social benefits, whilst having a long-term positive impact on our physical health. Getting active in the way that’s right for us – and planning how we’re going to keep going through the colder, darker months – will help us cope with the ongoing impact of coronavirus restrictions.


Wesport have funding available over the next 6 months thanks to Sport England, to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity. This funding is directed mainly at organisations serving the communities of Weston, Worle and Villages and the target audiences are: Lower Socio-Economic Groups; Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Communities; Disabled People and People with Long-Term Health Conditions. If you wish to have an informal discussion first before applying, please contact Lisa Wood, Wesport on 07796 937413 or lisa.wood@wesport.org.uk and visit our website here


is a £200 million fund open to organisations supporting people and communities experiencing challenges and difficulty during COVID-19 and dealing with an increased demand in services to support vulnerable people. The fund has two key objectives: increase community support to vulnerable people affected by COVID-19 and to reduce temporary closure of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services have the financial resources to operate. Grants are broken down into two categories, between £300 to £10,000 and £10,000 and above.


The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.


Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time.


This grant programme aims to support local activities that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. It will offer local charitable and community organisations emergency funding to support emerging challenges faced within local communities as a result of the continuing threat of Coronavirus.  This programme is for small voluntary and community groups with charitable aims. Applicants must be based and working in Bristol, Bath & North-East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire.


Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to support projects that deliver against one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive and Thrive: Projects that support children under the age of five to reach their potential and have the best start in life.

  • Fighting for Gender Justice: Projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.

  • A Safe Place to Be: Projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.

  • Mental Health Matters: Projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.


Grants for registered equine charities or charities/hospices supporting older people in the UK.  Charities are expected to clearly demonstrate the need for funding towards running costs such as feed or salaries.  Charities should demonstrate what they have done to mitigate the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 on their income and expenditure.  Elderly grants are intended for charities or hospice who support older people. Applications are expected to clearly demonstrate defined benefits to older people who are frail.  Applications can be submitted at any time and the deadline for consideration at the next meeting is 1 March 2021.  


Grants are available for charities and educational institutions that support those under the age of 18 years, and living with a mental health condition, disability or growing up in poverty through the mediums of sport and education. The funding is intended for projects that give those under the age of 18, and living with a mental health condition, disability, or growing up in poverty, the opportunity to fulfil their potential, improving wellbeing, self-esteem and independence.

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