Sport Wales has launched the ‘Progress’ strand of their Be Active Wales Fund, that provides grants to sports clubs in Wales to assist with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Be Active Wales Fund was initially launched in July to provide immediate financial support to clubs.

Over £250k has been awarded to football clubs in Wales to date.

As a result, 190 clubs have been supported with an average award of £1,320 per club.

Grants of £300 to £50K are available and clubs across Wales will be contacted by the FAW and FAW Trust with information and advice on what will be prioritised for funding in accordance with the FAW Return to Play protocols.

Clubs who have accessed funding under the ‘Prepare’ strand can reapply for ‘Progress’ funding but only on a different project.

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Newtown Rugby Club's Recreation Ground.

The Progress grant is intended to help progress sport and activity to the next step and support long-term sustainability.

This grant is intended to help clubs and organisations work towards three principles of tackling inequality, creating long term solutions to be more sustainable and taking innovative approaches

Applicants will need to demonstrate how the funding they are requesting will develop their sport or activity and impact on at least one these principles.

There are several demographics that are currently underrepresented in sport and Sport Wales will support applications that have an impact on participation rates and representation for women and girls, people with a disability, people from a minority ethnic group, lesbian, gay and bisexual people, transgender people, people living in social economic deprivation or disadvantage and those who use the Welsh language.

The minimum award is £300 while the maximum award is £50,000.

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The funding is awarded on a sliding scale with 100 per cent of a grant up to £10,000, 90 per cent grant for awards between £10,001 and £25,000 and 80 per cent for awards between £25,001 and £50,000.

Applications will need to align to at least one of the three priorities of addressing inequalities, long-term sustainability or innovation.

It is important that applicants are not focused on what they can get funding for, but rather what their ultimate needs are.

The panel making decision on funding will be looking for information on the unique circumstances of the club, organisation or activity and how they relate to one or more of the key fund criteria.

The fund will be available to not-for-profit sport clubs and organisations delivering community sport and physical activity.

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Carno Football Club's Ty Brith ground.

These organisations include local not-for-profit sports clubs,voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere and regional bodies at risk of financial hardship.

This means the fund is not available to local authorities, including town and parish councils, schools, colleges and universities, commercial sport and physical activity providers, leisure operators, individuals who are either employed or self-employed within the sport and physical activity sector and organisationslinked to educational establishments.