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Apply for Inequalities Funding to Help Targeted Groups

Active Devon has received Tackling Inequalities Funding from Sport England to disseminate across Devon as a result of COVID-19.

The Tackling Inequalities Funding (TIF), aims to support targeted groups in communities who have been impacted most by the conditions lockdown has created. Groups which have seen their activity levels dramatically affected and are least likely to currently see the benefits of physical activity.

Active Devon has been working with organisations who can help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and the wide inequalities in sport and physical activity. If you think you are one of these organisations, we would love to hear from you.

The Priority Groups Targeted

Sport England’s new strategy has a strong focus on reducing the inequalities present in the participation of sport and physical activity. The strategy highlights specific priority groups that are least likely to be active. These groups are:

  • People from lower socio-economic groups (LSEG)
  • People from ethnically diverse communities
  • Disabled people
  • People with long-term health conditions (LTCs)

These groups have been unfairly impacted by COVID-19. Lockdowns, implications on their health and ability to be physically active, plus effects on our economy have affected these groups more than others.  This has also amplified longstanding inequalities in activity levels.

This funding will prevent the gaps that exist between these priority groups and the general population from widening further.

To find out more about the targeted groups, click here.

To see how local groups have already been supported, click here.

Criteria for Funding

Projects must be able to demonstrate the following criteria to be considered:

  • Be focused on one or more of the following targeted groups: people from lower socio-economic groups; people from ethnically diverse communities; disabled people, people with long-term health conditions
  • Show how the funding will either: help the health/wellbeing/activity organisation’s capability to deliver activity e.g. through training, equipment, or mentoring. And/or support the people they work with to get or remain active
  • Demonstrate a clear financial need for the funding sought
  • Demonstrate the existing relationship the club/group has with the target group and the extent of its reach into the target community
  • Not be a duplicate application for funding already received from the Sport England Community Emergency Fund. (Please note: additional funding is acceptable if a further financial need is evident)
  • Be eligible to receive Sport England Lottery Funding (see eligibility)

Eligibility for Funding

Eligible organisations for this funding will need to support health and/or wellbeing through physical activity opportunities for the targeted groups listed above. Please note: this does not have to be the organisation’s primary purpose. For example, a local community group that has identified physical activity as an opportunity to support the wellbeing of its members impacted unfairly by the long-term impact of the COVID pandemic, could apply for funding.

Sport England funding requires recipient bodies of small grants to have a recognised constitution in place.

We won’t be able to fund:

  • Activities promoting religious or political beliefs
  • Individuals
  • Any private businesses or profit-making organisations unless they are a Social Enterprise or Community Interest Company

If you are unsure if your organisation is eligible please do not hesitate to contact us. We may be able to support you to reach a constituted status or use a suitable body to help manage a grant on your behalf.

Applications will be reviewed by an Active Devon panel and submitted to Sport England for authorisation if they meet the funding objectives. We work with the majority of interested organisations to help them shape their applications to maximise impact.

Active Devon’s Mentoring/Resilience Scheme

Active Devon also has in place a mentoring/resilience scheme for organisations that apply to this fund. If you think your application would benefit from the support of an expert mentor to ensure your organisation has the governance, support, policies and practices in place to ensure your future work/survival, please indicate your interest on the application form.

Or, if you are interested in finding out what support a mentor might be able to offer, please get in touch.

How to Apply

Please check the above ‘Criteria for Funding’ and ‘Eligibility for Funding’ to ensure your organisation can receive this funding.

If you are eligible, please use the contact us form to get in touch, and we’ll forward your details onto your local Project Officer. Once in touch, your Project Officer will seek to understand your organisation and its connection to the priority audiences. They will help you to develop a proposal and application to put forward.

Applications are usually valued between £200 – £3,000, with the majority of requests averaging around the £1,000 mark. Larger applications will be considered where the impact justifies it. The maximum grant size is £10,000.