Sport England Return to Play - Active Together
Since May 2020, Sport England have been running a successful crowdfunding initiative called Active Together, helping sports clubs and other organisations to set up and run their own crowdfunding campaigns to help sustain themselves through the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
Initially with a £1 million budget, Active Together was designed to help with the immediate financial impact of coronavirus and in the longer-term, the return to play.
To date, they have supported campaigns with a financial pledge towards their target fundraising amount, but in addition to this, they have been providing:
- free 1-2-1 coaching by experts
- advice and guidance on campaign improvements
- access to free online courses
- free 30-minute webinars, monthly.
As part of the return to play offer, an additional £1.5m has been made available to continue supporting clubs and local organisations to set up and run their own crowdfunding campaign, with a potential financial pledge from Sport England to help them towards their crowdfunding target.
Crowdfunding is a great alternative if you don’t meet any of the priority groups on the Return to Play: Small Grants or Community Asset Fund funding options, or if you’re seeking to raise funds because of a loss of income due to the coronavirus pandemic.