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Sporting activities have returned, thanks to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, and now is a great time to invest in grassroots sports to give young people the best opportunity to thrive.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF)
is delighted to be working with Made By Sport to offer the ‘Clubs In Crisis’ Fund,
which will leave a long-lasting, positive legacy for the future of young people.

The Made By Sport #ClubsInCrisis Fund, supported by the Cash4Clubs scheme, will
open to funding applications across the UK from 12 th April
2021. Organisations that deliver sports development
programmes for young people up to the age of 25 are
eligible to apply for a grant of up to £2,021. Community
sports clubs and organisations based in Hampshire and
the Isle of Wight (including Portsmouth and Southampton)
can find out more and apply via the HIWCF website before
17 th May 2021:

In order to be eligible, clubs and organisations must show how they
use sport to help young people develop in areas including
employment opportunities, reducing crime and anti-social behaviour or tackling mental
health issues. The aim of the grants is to encourage and develop a range of life skills and
knowledge that benefits both the individual and the local community.

Sophie Mason, CEO at Made By Sport
commented, “Whilst community sport
provision is in a precarious state right
now, there has never been more
recognition that sport is fundamental to
our individual, community and societal
development. If sport at its most
grassroots level is denied, we risk a huge
rise in mental health issues, anti-social
behaviour and lack of life skills that lead to better employment opportunities. This fund
will make a massive difference to thousands of communities all across the UK. We are
delighted to be working with UK Community Foundations to make sure this support
reaches the clubs that really need it.”

Kate Shurety, Interim CEO at HIWCF added, “We know this money is needed now and
we’re thrilled to support this fund alongside Made By Sport. Our Community Foundation
network enables us to reach into every community, to support organisations that make a
real difference and this initiative will provide young people with opportunities to develop
their skills and confidence after all the challenges and disruption they have experienced
over the past year.”

HIWCF is committed to supporting the resources and projects of
smaller community groups and voluntary organisations across
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. During 2020 the Foundation raised over £2.3 million to
help disadvantaged and vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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