Posted on 30th June 2021
Following the success of the first Tackling Inequalities Fund, which aided 21 centres in the summer of 2020, we can announce that British Equestrian has been granted £150,000 of funding from Sport England to support riding centres that are facing financial hardship as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
The fund is specifically targeted at riding centres and groups delivering activity to those groups most affected by Covid-19. The focus audiences are:-
These centres will have been affected by COVID-19, but have been unable to secure funding or financial support from other sources during this difficult time.
Eligible organisations include centres who have had to close at short notice and are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, as well as voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity. The fund is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as funds targeted at small businesses, and grants are available from £300 to £10,000.
The funding has been awarded as part of Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund, which aims to address inequalities in sport and activity levels by working with its partners to reach those most in need. The funding and support offered by Sport England and British Equestrian will enable community groups working with target audiences to continue to exist and engage with their communities with a view to keeping them active during the period of gradual unlocking and up until March 2022.
Applications for the fund are open from today (Tuesday 29 June 2021), and are set to close no sooner than Monday 26 July. Details and a link to the full guidance on eligibility and how to apply can be found here
The fund is open to charities, Limited Liability Partnerships, Companies limited by guarantee, not for profit companies, CIC’s or social enterprises. Sport England funding can not be used to help sole traders, self-employed, schools and colleges, or local authorities.