NON-LEAGUE clubs could receive a £10m boost in funding from the Government's Winter Survival Package.

Loans and grants worth £6.8m are being made available to 20 clubs in the National League at Steps 1 and 2.

Many teams such as Weymouth have already indicated their opposition to taking on loans, while grants can only be taken if teams provide proof of imminent financial strife.

In total, the Winter Survival Package has provided £11.5m in support to clubs at this level.

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Clubs at Steps 3-6 such as Dorchester, Portland United and Bridport can also apply for extra grants totalling £3.1m but in-house funds must be below the threshold of 'unrestricted operating reserves'.

This means teams with a certain amount of cash stashed away cannot benefit from the grants.

For this reason, Bridport were unable to apply for £10,500 in funding from January to March.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: "We promised to stand by and protect our major spectator sports when we had to postpone fans returning.

"Through our Sport Survival Package and existing business support schemes, we have helped hundreds of clubs to survive this difficult winter period.

"As the turnstiles begin to open over the coming weeks, players, staff and fans across the country can now look forward to a full return to action with confidence."

The extra £50m in support announced today covers horse racing, rugby league, speedway, drag racing and non-League football.