Sports England Funding Support

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

£10,000 to help Woodcraft Folk groups and centres during current COVID-19 pandemic 


Woodcraft Folk has been awarded £10,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards meeting essential running costs during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.


The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23 has left the leisure, sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty. Woodcraft Folk is expecting a loss of income close to £1.5 million and this financial support will help us prepare for future activities. 


In response, on March 31 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.


The grant will allow Woodcraft Folk to meet ongoing insurance and maintenance costs for the coming months.


Debs McCahon, Woodcraft Folk's Director of Development said: 

'Relief and emergency funding, such as this grant provided by Sports England, is essential to ensure organisations like our can survive the Coronavirus crisis. Without grants and donations we might not be in a position to open all groups and centres when we are able to organise face to face activities.'


Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:


“As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation,we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lotteryplayersis part of a multimillionpound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing.


“We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Woodcraft Folk to help it through these extremely challenging times.”