The fund can only be used for groups running development projects which work towards one or more of the following outcomes:Developing Life Skills
We will support projects which develop the soft skills that will ultimately improve the life chances of young people, specifically projects and organisations that work towards any of the six key areas of life skills development identified by the WHO:
1. Communication and interpersonal skills
2. Decision-making and problem solving
3. Creative thinking and critical thinking
4. Self-awareness and empathy
5. Assertiveness and self-control
6. ResilienceImproving Mental Health
We will support projects and organisations that promote positive mental health through physical activity, which:
Reducing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
- Achieve increased confidence and resilience
- Encourage positive social interaction
- Specifically address mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or ADHD
- Focus on general wellbeing and wellness
We will support projects and organisations that reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, either through providing diversionary activities at key times, or through modifying and promoting positive behaviour.Developing Employability Skills
We will support projects and organisations which either develop employability skills or those which provide actual pathways to employment. We will prioritise projects working towards one of the following three outcomes, for young people aged 16 and above:
1. Communication and interpersonal skills, including working well with others.
2. Reliability and dependability, including meeting deadlines and turning up on time.
3. The ability and willingness to learn new skills, whether job-specific or more general.
In terms of specific pathways to employment, we will include funding for volunteer pathways and qualifications in sport.Building Stronger Communities
We will support projects and organisations which build and rebuild communities, for example:
Those which encourage integration or bridge divides between groups of people.
Those providing opportunities for vulnerable or marginalised groups.To be eligible for Clubs in Crisis Funding
Not-for-profit organisations must be legally registered as one of the following structures if their income is above £5,000:
- Registered charities
- Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)
- Community Interest Companies (CICs) limited by guarantee
- Social Enterprises which have the Social Enterprise Mark
- Co-Operatives and Community Benefit Societies (formerly Industrial and Provident Societies)
- Sports clubs that are either Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs), affiliated with a National Governing Body such as Badminton England, or have an income under £5,000
We cannot fund:
Applicant FAQs for more information see the FAQs MBS FAQs for Applicants
- Organisations that are unable to demonstrate that the pandemic has affected them, either operationally or financially.
- Organisations with an annual turnover of over £75,000.
- Organisations that are not working towards one of the five sport for development outcomes above.
- Projects for beneficiaries outside the ages 5-25.
- Sport or physical activity which does not have an element of social purpose.