Sport England – Tackling inactivity and economic disadvantage funding

Sport England’s Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage fund is part of Sport England’s wider delivery framework and investment programme to build an active nation and achieve the outcomes of the UK Government’s sports strategy ‘Sporting Future’.

The aim is to enable inactive people in lower socio-economic groups to become active and build physical activity into their lives in such a way that the activity is realistic and positive and not regarded as a chore.

The investment fits with Sport England’s broader agenda to raise overall levels of activity by focusing on positive behaviour change, and harnessing the wider benefits and outcomes of sport and exercise, such as reducing stress and social isolation, improving mental health and reduce the likelihood of offending.

The sports body wants to work with organisations that have a track record of working with its target groups in order to achieve these outcomes. Potential partner organisations do not necessarily need a background in sport; the key criteria is a good understanding of the lower socio-economic communities that the fund is targeting.

  • £2 million will support larger projects from £25,000 up to a maximum of £500,000. This will be to fund 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.
  • £1 million 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.

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