£75,000 Bridgend Sports Support Grant to go towards helping sports clubs with operating costs during coronavirus pandemic

Sports clubs in Bridgend county borough are being invited to apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help them with day-to-day operating costs during the coronavirus pandemic.

The local authority launched its £75,000 Bridgend Sports Support Fund earlier this year as part of the community asset transfer process of outdoor pitches and facilities.

But now the council has reconfigured the grant to help support clubs by providing immediate financial aid during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The deadline for submitting applications is May 15.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Richard Young, said:

“We are aware that sports clubs are undergoing significant challenges as a direct result of the current emergency.

“The support grant was originally intended to encourage participation, growth and improvement in sport, primarily aimed at supporting mini, junior and youth clubs and under-represented sports and groups.

“But due to the ongoing uncertainty, the funding criteria is being extended so that all sports clubs in the county borough can submit a funding application requesting immediate financial support towards general operating costs in addition to grants that can support equipment purchases and training.

“In order for funding to be approved and allocated by the end of May, enabling sports clubs to obtain maximum benefit from this source of funding during this difficult time, the deadline for submitting applications is May 15.

“We have been liaising with the governing bodies of rugby, football, cricket and bowls – and have circulated forms to all sports clubs which use council-owned facilities.”

As part of the grant application, sports clubs will need to submit copies of the relevant proof of payments such as invoices, receipts and/or bank statements showing the expenditure for the period after March 31, 2020.

For more details on the fund or for an application form email the council’s community asset transfer officer Guy Smith on [email protected]

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