Sport Wales has reopened its Sport Freelancer Fund to provide more financial support for fitness instructors, personal trainers, coaches and other self-employed and freelance workers who directly deliver activities that get the Welsh public moving.
When the first phase of the fund opened in November, it provided grants of £1,500 to 346 individuals in the sector who hadn’t received any other support during the pandemic.
Now, with the current lockdown restrictions placing even greater pressure on freelancers who had already lost income during 2020, the grant amount has increased to £2,500 and the criteria has been widened in a bid to help even more people.
To be eligible, applicants need to demonstrate how they’ve lost at least £2,500 in income from activities that should have taken place in Wales since the crisis began due to contracts being cancelled or restrictions halting their work.
They can still apply if they’ve been awarded money from the self-employed income support scheme, but they won’t be eligible if they have received other Covid-19 related funding from another public body or an insurance payment for loss of income.
The Sport Freelancer Fund forms part of an overall £14m Sport and Leisure Recovery Package allocated by Welsh Government to Sport Wales so that sporting organisations, facilities and jobs can be protected.
Anyone who successfully applied for a £1,500 grant in November will be offered the additional £1,000 to bring them in line with the amount being made available during this phase and so there is no need for them to apply again.
The Sport Freelancers Fund is open to freelancers and self-employed workers in Wales whose work directly supports people to be active, such as sports coaches, personal trainers, fitness instructors and dance instructors. It is not available for other freelancers working in the industry such as sports writers, commentators, photographers, sports therapists and nutritionists.
In early February, Sport Wales will also be launching a new fund to support private providers in the sport sector. Full details will be available soon.