THE British Amateur Rugby League Association have offered community clubs a chance to apply for a share of an initial £50,000 fund during the current suspension of the sport.

Grants of between £100 and £1000 are available, with the fund to be administered jointly by BARLA and the RFL – and the potential for a further £25,000 to be released depending on the number of applications.

Clubs will be asked initially to complete a club health check – which many have done already – and then to complete an application form providing an explanation of what the fund will be used for.

All clubs are encouraged to apply, although in the first instance these will be open to the BARLA member clubs.

Chair of the BARLA, Sue Taylor said: “We are aware that community clubs are experiencing some real financial difficulties whilst we are in this lockdown period. BARLA are keen to help clubs during this time and are delighted to be able to offer support.”

BARLA’s offer comes with the Sport England Community Emergency Fund that was set up in the early stages of the lockdown. The initial fund of £20m has been increased to £35m.

More than 60 community rugby league clubs have already made successful applications for support.

Clubs are asked to email for an application form.