Organisational Support - Covid 19
This page includes a number of links to business/financial support available to you, specifically around coping with the impact of the Coronavirus on the cash flow, staffing and long term sustainability of your organisation.
To help to manage the support options available we recommend that you work through the following steps:
1 - Check if you can access any of the standard government support - staffing costs, business rates, small business grants, sick pay rebate
2 - Access FREE Business Advice to work through how you can manage the finances of your organisation during this phase
3 - If you are not eligible for the government grants, perhaps the new fund available through Sport England could help
4 - Check out any other local grants or support which you could access
Additional Information which may be helpful
- Business Gateway Growth Hub - information to help support your business
- Gov.uk - guidance for employees, employers and businesses
- East Midlands Chamber - advice and downloadable guides
- HMRC have set up a new helpline 0800 0159 559 for businesses and self employed people struggling to pay their tax.
- Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme - The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports small and medium-sized businesses with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to six years. For more information - https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme/
- ACAS has practical HR advice, simple step guide on how to protect health and safety of staff - advice for employers and employees
- Statutory Sick Pay
Changes being made so that SMEs can reclaim up to two weeks SSP paid for COVID-19 absence subject to criteria. Those not eligible for sick pay, including low paid or self employed people can claim universal credit or employment and support allowance.
Share your views on how the current situation is affecting you as an employer or as an individual in the sport, leisure, fitness and physical activity sector
Other Useful Links
Voluntary Action Leicester
The Voluntary Sector Support Team is funded by Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council to support the local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.
Whether your group is just starting out or has been around for over 50 years, we can provide the tools, advice and support you need for running your organisation, developing your staff, or finding new avenues of funding.
During the COVID-19 outbreak VAL will maintain business as usual with support for the sector for as long as is practically possible. You can access this support online via the online form email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the helpline on: 0116 257 5050.
If your organisation is facing challenges as a direct result of the coronavirus then let VAL know and they will do their best to prioritise support for your organisation.
Sports sector links:
- Community Leisure UK – coronavirus update for members
- CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity – https://www.cimspa.co.uk/library-and-guidance/coronavirus---cimspa-briefings
- NCVO support the voluntary sector by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations - info here
- Co-operatives UK promote, develop and unite member owed businesses. There is a list of helpful questions and answers for businesses that employ staff and what their rights are- info here
Specific info available through some of the National Governing Bodies:
CRICKET - The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced a £61 million package to help cricket withstand the financial impact of COVID-19.
The plans detail measures for the whole sport from elite to grassroots, including the MCC, the First-Class Counties (FCCs) and their County Cricket Boards (CCBs). In addition, just over £20m will become available to the recreational game through a cricket club support loan scheme, grants through the "Return to Cricket" scheme and a 12-month holiday on loan repayments for recreational clubs.
For further information, please click https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1650783/ecb-unveils-61m-interim-support-package-for-professional-and-recreational-cricket
RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION - The Rugby Football Union have agreed to offer a support package directly funded from the RFU worth £7m to provide support for community clubs in England.
These measures include:
• An early release of £800,000 cash due to clubs through the ticketing fund
• Early release of final funding payments (£600,000) to Constituent Bodies and suspension of the activity plans against which this was allocated, enabling them to utilise this to provide "immediate support grants" to clubs most in need. In addition, £400,000 will be made available to Constituent Bodies who elect to match fund from their own reserves.
• A suspension of the Quarterly loan repayments for clubs with outstanding loans due in March (£335,000).
• The creation of a £5m support loans programme, offering loans of between circa £2k and circa £10k to clubs, with deferred re-payments for six months and repayable over three years.
Further details of the fund will be released in the next few days and can be found https://www.englandrugby.com/news
SWIM ENGLAND - A useful Coronavirus frequently asked questions section has been developed by Swim England and can be found https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/coronavirus-faqs-answered/#questions-for-clubs
IF YOU ARE UNSURE WHERE TO TURN - PLEASE GO TO THE GROWTH HUB BUSINESS GATEWAY - LINK AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE
As more information becomes available we will add links on here for you.
Please refer to the standard webpages for general information about business support of clubs and funding information.