Nigel Adams today welcomes the news that the Government, through Sport England, is joining the effort to support communities which have been affected by the recent flooding.
People cleaning up and repairing sports pitches and facilities in areas damaged by the recent storms can apply for new National Lottery funding to help them get back up and running quickly.
Sport England has created a special £400,000 emergency flood relief fund to help restore pitches and repair sports facilities damaged by the rising water and gales.
The funding is available to sports clubs, local authorities and other community sports organisations to help pay for emergency repairs to damaged facilities such as football, rugby and cricket pitches, water sports centres, pavilions, changing rooms and floodlights. Financial support can be provided in as little as three weeks. The fund has been launched to hopefully give people affected by the floods one less thing to worry about.
Sports clubs in Selby & Ainsty affected by flooding can apply to the Sport England Flood Relief Fund at www.sportengland.org/floodfund
The application process has been designed to be as quick and simple as possible for applicants.
The fund is planned to remain open until 1 February 2016, though this will be kept under review, to ensure that those who are currently unable to assess the damage will not lose out.
Work that will typically be funded includes:
- Grass pitch restoration
- Clubhouse decontamination and repairs
- Replacement of damaged/condemned electrical systems
- Steam cleaning, de-silting of drains.
Sport England launched a similar fund in early 2014 following the devastating floods that affected communities throughout England. Over 250 local sports facilities were helped, including Gloucester All Blues Rugby Football Club which used the funding to restore their clubhouse, Ashton on Mersey Cricket and Tennis Club which used their grant to complete roof and guttering repairs and Hull City Council which used the funding to restore playing fields in the city.
More detailed information is available in the FAQs, from Sport England, below:
Emergency Flood Relief Fund: Frequently Asked Questions
- What types of projects will the Flood Relief Fund support?
This is a special fund focussed very specifically on repairing the damage caused to community sports facilities by the recent floods and storms (since December 4, 2015).
Priority will be given to pitch-based sports and water sports as our networks tell us that these sports have been most affected. The fund will help rebuild these facilities including pitches, clubhouses, lighting, slipways and changing rooms.
Examples of what we will typically fund include:
- Grass pitch restoration
- Clubhouse decontamination and repairs
- Replacement of damaged/condemned electrical systems
- Steam cleaning, de-silting of drains
- When can I apply?
The Emergency Flood Relief fund is open to applications now, but will close at 5pm on Monday 1st February 2016. This may be reviewed.
Organisations that do not qualify for the Flood Relief Fund will be given advice about other partners or sources of funding that could help.
Funding will not be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We recognise that it could be many weeks or even months before the full extent of the damage to pitches and facilities is known, however all funding will need to be spent by the end of March 2016.
- How much can I apply for?
The size of award will depend on the extent of the damage:-
Emergency Flood Relief will offer grants up to £5,000.
Sport England reserves the right to award a higher amount in extreme cases.
- How do I apply?
The Emergency Flood Relief Fund is an open application programme.
You can apply through the Sport England online My application portal. For more guidance on how to make an application go to the ‘How to Apply’ on the Emergency Flood Relief Fund webpages.
Please ensure you read the programme prospectus of for more support you can contact Sport England on 08458 508 508.
- How long is the fund open for?
We are aware that many potential applicants will not be able to safely access their facilities for several weeks possibly months and we will therefore keep this fund open initially until 5pm on Monday 1st February 2016. We will keep this date under review.
Emergency Flood Relief will not operate on a “first come, first served basis” we will seek information from facility owners, review requests we receive and monitor this with local County Sports Partnerships and NGBs to make sure we invest in those facilities which need the most help to get back up and running.
- Am I able to apply if I did not have insurance?
Yes. We know that many sports facilities – which often struggle financially – are not insured for this type of damage so this weather could threaten their existence.
We would always advocate facility insurance, but appreciate this may not always have been possible.
- Can I apply for funding if I am insured?
Yes, however, you can only apply for items that are not covered by your insurance policy. The fund will not cover any element that is subject to an on-going insurance claim.
For more information on what to do after a flood, including what to tell your insurer, please see link to the Environment Agency website below:
- Have you got any advice I can follow now?
We offer flood advice to clubs on our website. Working with a number of national governing bodies for sport (The FA, RFU, RFL, ECB, LTA and EHB), we have produced a set of information sheets and a downloadable template for clubs and facility managers to help them find out whether their facilities are at risk of flooding and if so how to develop a flood plan and other strategies that will help reduce the impact of flooding.
Our dedicated guidance on flooding can be accessed on our website at the link below: http://sportengland.org/facilities-planning/tools-guidance/flood-guidance/
As part of the Flooding guidance we have released the following two factsheets which provide advice on how to recover quickly and safely after a flood:
- ‘After the Flood – Buildings’
- ‘After the Flood – Pitches’
- Are we eligible to apply?
You are eligible to apply for help from the Flood Relief Fund if your organisation is a:
- Fully constituted club, association or trust – an organisation, generally within the voluntary sector, with its own constitution or memorandum and articles of association.
- Community amateur sports clubs (CASC): – an organisation registered with HMRC as a community amateur sports club.
- Local authority – county councils, metropolitan district councils, unitary authorities, district councils and the London boroughs.
- Local Education Authority – a local education authority on its own behalf, or on behalf of a community school.
- Foundation school or college – although run by the local education authority, the school retains control over admissions, employment of staff, land and buildings.
- Voluntary aided or controlled school – although financed and maintained by the local education authority, the school’s assets are held and administered by trustees.
- Independent school or college – a school or college for fee-paying students that does not receive a government grant.
- Institute of further education – a college or other institution that provides further education.
- Institute of higher education (including universities) – a university or college that provides higher education.
- Other public sector statutory body – other public sector organisations established by statute or statutory powers such as parish and town councils.
- Community Interest Company (CICS) – a limited company created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage).
- National governing body (NGB) -a recognised governing body for sport
- Private sector company or business – a commercially-run organisation where by all profits on the project are ring fenced and not for private gain.
- Industrial Provident Society – an organisation trading for the benefit of their community which is registered with the financial services authority.
If your type of organisation is not listed here, but you feel that you may be eligible then please feel free to give us a call on 08458 508 508.
- Which sports are eligible to apply?
All recognised sports are eligible. Please see the complete list of recognised sports at:
We are continuing to consult with sports and local networks to understand and map the extent of the damage. However early indications suggest that pitch-based sports such as football, rugby union, rugby league, hockey and cricket, as well as water sports have experienced some of the worst damage – affecting the greatest number of people – so it is likely that a large part of the fund will be focussed towards these types of sports.
For sports that have specific safety requirements, we have made affiliation with the relevant NGB a condition if you want to receive Lottery funding. These sports are marked with an asterisk in our recognised sports list.
If you are not sure about whether your activity counts as sport please contact our Funding Helpline.
- Is Partnership Funding required?
Whilst we would prefer you to have some partnership funding – your own cash rather than in kind, we know funding can be difficult for voluntary and community sports groups to raise especially in emergency situations. Partnership funding is therefore not a requirement of the Flood Relief Fund.
We would expect Local authorities, schools and educational establishments and other statutory bodies, to provide some partnership funding, but will consider all applications.
- What are our chances of receiving funding?
The fund had an initial budget of up to £200,000. This was doubled to £400,000 after Storm Eva caused flooding and damage across areas in Yorkshire.
It is still early days in understanding and mapping the extent of the damage, and we will continue to do this in the coming weeks and months.
We will aim get funds to the most needy clubs and organisations. If demand exceeds the fund, we will look again at how we can help rebuild community sport across the three worse affected areas.
- Do we have to either own the project site or have a long term lease on the building?
Yes, you do need to have legal ownership of the facility or site you want to repair when you submit an application for funding.
Evidence of ownership will need to be provided. We will require a minimum leasehold length of 7 years.
If you are successful, Sport England reserves the right to take a form of security over the grant if required.
- Is there anything that we cannot apply for?
There are a few things that can not be applied for:
- Projects intended primarily for private gain
- Loss of income and/or hire of alternative facilities
- Insured losses or items that insurance should normally cover
- Grants that contribute directly to a company’s distributable profits
- Recoverable VAT
- Funds to build up a reserve or surplus
- Loan repayments
- Stadium repair, for example; spectator areas, dug outs, advertising hoarding, turnstiles, etc…
This list of examples is by no means exhaustive.
- Do we need to have planning permission or building regulations in place when we apply?
It is likely that planning permission will not be required as the fund will primarily be bringing existing facilities back into action. Sport England will work with the applicants as required.
- When does the project need to be completed by?
Due to the nature of the damage, we appreciate that building works may not be able to start immediately, and we will be flexible to ensure the facility can back into action as soon as possible. However we expect works to be complete and funding to be spent by 31st March 2016.
- Will the funded facility need to be maintained and managed once the capital works are complete?
Yes, we will expect applicants to continue to manage and maintain the facility. This will include insurance cover where applicable and possible.
- If we are a school or education establishment, does our facilities need to be open to the wider community?
Yes. Facilities funded by the Emergency Flood Relief Fund will need to be open to the wider community.
- Can I discuss my project with someone?
Yes, you can contact Sport England on 08458 508 508 for any further guidance.
- Can Football Clubs apply?
Yes. Applications from community football clubs are welcomed, however, priority will be given to clubs playing at Step 7 and below. Clubs playing in the National league system (Steps 1-6) may be able to access alternative funding through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).
Before applying to the FSIF we strongly recommend you contact your County FA or FA Regional Facility & Investment manager to discuss your case.
- Can golf clubs apply?
Applications from golf clubs are welcomed, however, priority will be given to “public courses” such as registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs and Registered Charities. Private membership clubs are unlikely to be eligible and prior to applying should contact and discuss with our Funding Line on 08456 508508. Proprietary clubs are ineligible to receive lottery funding.
- Can angling clubs apply?
Applications from angling clubs are welcomed. Applications for still waters that have incurred damage and loss of stock will be considered.
- Can cricket clubs apply?
We welcome applications from community cricket clubs. Please note, the following before making an application:
- We will consider repairs to sight screens and mobile nets but will not fund the replacement of these items.
- We will not fund repairs/replacement of electronic score boards.
- We will not fund pitch works which are considered to be routine/annual maintenance works.
- We recommend that before applying, you look at the ECB flood guidance which can be found at http://www.ecb.co.uk/news/articles/flood-support-guidance