YMCA Dorchester awarded £8,000 in emergency funding

YMCA Dorchester awarded £8,000 in emergency funding

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:30am 8th July 2020.

YMCA Dorchester Gymnastics have been awarded a National Lottery Grant of £8,000, from Sport England's Community Emergency Fund.

The money will be put towards maintaining the facility during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Like many other sectors, the outbreak of the virus and the shutdown of businesses has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.

The grant will allow YMCA Dorchester to pay for their rent and will cover their maintenance and utility costs, as well as the salaries of their non-furloughed staff. 

Karen Hofen is the Centre Manager, she said: 

"This grant will allow us to maintain our facility whilst we are unable to operate and will enable us to pay some of our staff who cannot be furloughed because they are undertaking essential work in supporting the organisation and planning for the day when we can reopen. We are very grateful to Sport England for this help."


On 31st March Sport England announced a £195million package to help sports and physical activity during the pandemic. 

The £20million Community Emergency fund is being given out immediately to those who are experiencing short-term, financial hardship because of the Coronavirus. 

Tim Hollingsworth is Sport England's Chief Executive, he said:

"As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. 

"We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to YMCA Dorchester Gymnastics to help it through these extremely challenging times."