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For Wales, following a lobby by the WSA the Minister announced an additional £26million to help thousands of small charities, including community centres and sports premises, each of which will receive a £10,000 grant to help them deal with the financial pressures they are facing.
They are awaiting full details of the scheme, but believe that clubs registered as Community Amateur Sports Clubs or charities, occupying property with a rateable value of under £12,000 will be able to receive the grant. This will fill some of the gaps left in the scheme that was linked to Small Business Rates Relief.
Brian Davies, CEO of Sport Wales has said “Sport Wales is very grateful to the Welsh Government for these positive changes to the scheme. We continue to develop other complimentary funding mechanisms for clubs, especially those that might still be unable to gain such business related support, with details available via our website www.sport.wales”.
Clubs who had previously been refused the £10,000 grant on the basis of not being in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief should talk to their Local Authority in the first instance, as they may now be eligible.
This new fund will not cover all of the gaps and may not apply to all clubs who have been refused the grant, but the extra injection of funding will allow Sport Wales to help more clubs. Clubs who are not able to access other funds should contact Sport Wales.
WSA would appreciate if you let them know of any issues with accessing the new scheme.