Leap, the social enterprise responsible for promoting the benefits of physical activity across the county is launching a new partnership fund with Heart of Bucks and the MK Community Foundation. Funded by Sport England, Leap will co-invest with the Community Foundations in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes to support people to be active in the communities hardest hit by coronavirus.
The ‘Moving our Communities’ fund, which offers grants from £250 to £2,000 is open to community organisations in Buckinghamshire and must be used to support any of the following priority groups to be active, lower Socio-economic groups, BAME Communities, disabled people or people with long term conditions.
A survey commissioned by Sport England has been using regular surveys to track activity levels during lockdown. The research shows that just a third of adults are doing the recommended 30 minutes or more of physical activity on five or more days a week. Most parents have reported their children were doing some activity but only 19% said they were meeting the Chief Medical Officer guidelines and doing an hour a day.
However that is only part of the story, familiar inequalities are occurring and demographic groups such as women, people from lower socio-economic groups, older adults, people with a long term condition or illness, disabled people, and people from some BAME communities – are finding it even harder to be active.
Commenting on the fund, Leap Director Mark Ormerod said,
“The Coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone, but not equally. This funding provides vital cash to help those people who face the greatest barriers to activity, as well as improving their resilience through being more active. Throughout the pandemic the Voluntary and Community Sector has pulled together in an unprecedented way. As lead organisations we have been meeting weekly, coordinating how we best help our communities. We understand that sometimes more modest grants can have the biggest impact at a very local level; and we are delighted to be working with the community foundations in Bucks and MK to enable this money to impact where it is most needed, tackling the inequalities the crisis has exposed.”
Henry Allmand, Chief Executive of Heard of Bucks added,
“We are delighted to be working closely with our long-term strategic partners, Leap, to facilitate urgent funding for projects to encourage physical activity in disadvantaged groups locally in light of the Covid pandemic. We know that many local organisations encourage physical activity and participation in sport, and they are in need of our support, now more than ever. Our partnership with Leap is a great local demonstration of localised, targeted, and impactful grant-making that quickly reaches those most in need.”
Ian Revell from MK Community Foundation added,
“We are delighted to be working with Leap to provide vital funding to enable the groups who work in our communities to lead, support and inspire activity in all its forms, encouraging people to get moving after this difficult lockdown period.”
Funding applications are now open and will be reviewed on a weekly basis to enable the money to where it is needed as quickly as possible. The funding must be used for projects making an impact between July and October 2020.
In Bucks? Click here to apply online.
Heart of Bucks are accepting applications through their ‘Bucks Coronavirus Stabilisation Fund’. Click here to apply online through Heart of Bucks.
In Milton Keynes?
MK Community Foundations are accepting applications through their ‘biweekly emergency appeal process’ and ‘business as usual’ monthly small grants rounds.
Click here to apply online through the MK Community Foundation.