Sport England launched a £3 million fund on 6 September to support projects that tackle inactivity and economic disadvantage. Grants will be made to projects that use sport and physical activity to support positive social change for communities and individuals in lower socio-economic groups.
Through this fund, Sport England aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Support inactive people from lower socio-economic groups to be more active, doing more than 30 minutes of physical activity per week
- Show how being more active can have wider benefits within people’s daily lives, for example, enjoying time together with family and friends, generally feeling better, or managing stress
- Understand why individuals within lower socio-economic groups are not active and what would help them to change this.
The Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage Fund will be split between two funding pots, which will provide three grant levels:
- Grants of between £25,000 and £500,000 for projects aimed at people who have little take-home pay, some qualifications and are in employment.
- Grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 for smaller projects that focus on people who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all, and who live less ordered lives with additional challenges.
- Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to support smaller scale activities which benefit both types of beneficiaries.
Expressions of interest will be accepted from a wide range of organisations including non-sports organisations that have not worked previously with Sport England as long as the show a good understanding of lower socio-economic individuals and communities.
Expressions of interest for awards greater than £25,000 and applications for a small award will need to be completed and submitted by 5pm on 6 November 2017.
How to apply
Applications for projects over £25,000 will follow a two-stage process. Initially, organisations will need to complete an expression of interest. Following assessment, successful organisations will then be asked to provide more information.
Small award for between £1,000 and £10,000, you will need to follow a separate, more streamlined, one-stage process.
For further information and to apply, please visit Sport England.