• Accessibility Options

To support local sports clubs from across the Borough, we have launched a Sports Hardship Fund. This new grant scheme can be accessed by local sports clubs who have incurred additional costs in order to become Covid19 compliant. Sports clubs and sporting organisations will be able to apply for up to £1000 funding. Please refer to the Useful Downloads below for the Terms & Conditions, Guidance Notes and Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note: 

  1. Clubs applying for this grant must be based within the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough and must be able to demonstrate additional financial costs due to Covid –19.

  2. The Sports Hardship fund will only award one application per Sports Club

  3. Clubs who have received Council’s previous Sports Hardship funding are ineligible in this round.

  4. Closing date is Tuesday 31 August 2021*

  5. Purchases paid for in cash will not be accepted

  6. Sports Hardship Fund Timeline: 

    Applications open 12 noon Monday 21 June 2021
    Closing date Tuesday 31 August 2021*
    Applications assessed Within 7 days of submission
    Notification of outcome Within 10 days of submission

    *Please note the closing date may change depending on number of successful submissions and available budget.

Section A: Details

Eligibility and guidance notes

Important note: Clubs applying for this grant must be based within the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough and must be able to demonstrate additional financial costs due to Covid –19.

Organisation details

Please insert the name of the organisation you are applying on behalf of and as it appears on the governing document (that is constitution or memorandum etc.)

Contact details

Please supply details of an individual who will be the main contact and is in a position to provide details about this application

Section B: Eligibility

Sports Clubs must be based withing the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough. Please list the facilities below that you own/lease or have a rental agreement.

Section C: Criteria

The Sports Hardship fund has been developed to help sport and physical recreation organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of Covid19. 

The fund aims to cover expenditure on: 

  • Facility Hire i.e. block bookings 

  • Additional costs relating to Covid19 restrictions i.e. purchasing of additional equipment and sports kits.  

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Clubs must produce an annual statement of independently verified or certified accounts, or a bank statement and a Club constitution:


Section D: Submission

Please note this form must be completed in full and submitted with all the supporting documentation before the closing date.

If you fail to provide this information your application will not be considered.

By submitting this form electronically, you certify that:

  • To the best of my knowledge all information contained on this application is true and accurate.

  • I acknowledge that misleading or inaccurate statements may lead to the non-payment, withdrawal or refunding of any grant.

We hereby certify that the above-named applicant Sports Organisation:

  • Is open to a full range of local opinion.

  • Is inclusive and non-party political.

  • Does not seek to promote any party-political position.

To submit your application type I agree into the box below and then click the Submit Button.

  • Only click submit once you have reviewed your application

  • No changes can be made once your application has been submitted


The information provided by you will only be used for the purposes of this application and will be processed in accordance with current data protection legislation. For more information click here. 

If you have any questions regarding the Sports Hardship Fund please E. more@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk 


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