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24 Feb 2022

RFL Community Club Fund: Last Orders

RFL Community Club Fund: Last Orders

It's last orders for RFL Community Club Fund applications, with the deadline just weeks away.

Community clubs have until Friday 18 March to get their applications in for a share of the £1.45million funding pot designed to help the community game survive the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The RFL manages the fund in partnership with Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and to date more than £750,000 has reached the community game.

Marc Lovering, RFL Director of Participation and Development, says: "We have been working closely with community clubs to support them through the application process. That process is ongoing and we are working with numerous clubs across the country to ensure they have their applications submitted in time.

"We have committed over £750,000 so far across the community game, with a healthy pipeline of clubs who have submitted applications and are currently going through the review process.

"Sherwood Wolf Hunt, Dodworth Miners, Latchford Albion, Bramley, Rylands Sharks and Ashton Bears were all awarded grants in the latest round of funding allocations. We were also able to support applications from Barrow Raiders women’s team and Medway Dragon’s wheelchair team, which is particularly pleasing as these variations have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

"Our development team will be contacting every club in the country once again to remind them of the support available and to help them through the process. The majority of our larger clubs have been successful in securing grants, but there is funding available to support clubs of all sizes.

"I would urge every club that hasn’t applied not to assume they won’t be eligible but to contact the team through the designated email address Community.Funding@rfl.co.uk for advice and guidance."

The fund closes to new applications on 18 March 2022, but the RFL and Sport England will ensure that every application submitted by then will be assessed before the scheme closes fully at the end of march.