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Sport England seeking partners to get disadvantaged people active

Sport-England-Logo-Blue-(CMYK)(1)Sport England has launched a £3million Tackling Inactiviy and Disadvantage Fund and wants to hear from potential partner organistions who work with people from lower socio-economic groups and can help change their lives for the better.

Sport England is keen to receive applications from groups or organisations who really understand the people it wants to reach and support. It is looking for those who have strong relationships and track records of working with those individuals, and recognise the benefits of being active.

Sport England state:

We are looking to reach two different lower socio-economic groups, through three funding options:
– Funding option A: £2m will support larger projects from £25,000 up to a maximum of £500,000. This part of the fund will support projects aimed at inactive people who are in employment. They will be ordinary people and families who sometimes, or often, struggle to make ends meet. They can find it hard to build physical activity into their lives, or feel being active isn’t for them.
– Funding option B: £1m will support projects between £25,000 and £100,000. This will focus on projects aimed at inactive people who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all, and face more extreme disadvantage. They may also be facing other challenges, such as being at risk of offending or dealing with substance misuse.
– Funding option C: We know that sometimes small amounts of money, especially for smaller local groups, can make a big difference, so 5% of the total fund (£150,000) will be used to fund smaller awards between £1,000 and £10,000. This can be used to support either of the two groups of people described above.

We want to be innovative and test out bold ideas. To support projects that are in their early stages but have good potential to meet our objectives, we can provide a development award to allow organisations to develop their project.

Every organisation receiving investment through this fund will need to show us their project has resulted in more people from lower socio-economic groups becoming active (doing more than 30 minutes physical activity each week) and staying active.

We also know sport and physical activity can be extremely powerful in supporting positive social change for communities and individuals, and we are particularly interested in projects designed to address other issues, including improving mental health or wellbeing, reducing crime or the threat of crime in particular areas, or improving life within a particular community, for example by tackling social isolation, or building levels of social trust.

We’ll be delivering a series of funding surgeries from late-September to mid-October to support organisations interested in applying for funding. The surgeries are aimed at local, community groups who have limited experience of applying for Sport England funding. Details of these surgeries and how to book onto them can be found at

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