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Empowering Active Communities – National Grid Funding Programme

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Local sports clubs and community groups can apply now for grants of up to £10,000 to support new exercise and sporting initiatives in their area, following the launch of the latest phase of our Community Matters Fund.

The £500,000 ‘Active Communities’ fund has been launched to empower communities, improve health and widen participation in local sport and physical activity.

It offers a maximum grant of £10,000 to registered companies and charities, or £2,000 for unregistered organisations, giving grassroots organisations an opportunity to make a lasting impact in their communities.

They are encouraging applications from sports clubs and other groups looking to run physical activities, including both recognised sports and non-traditional forms of exercise. Projects could include anything from sitting exercise classes to walking clubs or new community basketball clubs. The fund welcomes diversity and applications that meet community needs, particularly from organisations in economically disadvantaged areas or serving underrepresented and marginalised groups.

Applications for the ‘Active Communities’ fund could include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Support for the setup of new active groups or new and extended activities within existing clubs/associations, aiming to bring diverse communities and/or groups together.
  • Training programmes for volunteers to become coaches and mentors supporting people with mental or physical health conditions.
  • Minor facility alterations to remove accessibility barriers for people with mobility impairments.
  • Innovative approaches to increasing participation and engagement with physical activity and exercise in your community.

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th July.

Click here for more information about the ‘Active Communities’ fund and how to apply.