The Covid 19 pandemic has had a huge impact on people’s activity levels and health. Whilst for some it created time to move during lockdowns, for many usual opportunities were cut off and for some the barriers to moving have only increased.
The Together Fund is part of Sport England’s support package to help the groups that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. It will see National Lottery money distributed across the country to community groups and organisations passionate about tackling inequalities surrounding access to sport and physical activity.
In Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes the funding is being co-ordinated and distributed by Leap, in partnership with MK Community Foundation and just over £100,000 is still to be distributed across the county.
Leap is seeking applications from community groups and organisations who have ideas of how to break down the barriers to movement for:
- People from lower socio-economic groups
- People who are ethnically and culturally diverse
- Disabled people
- People with long-term health conditions
Organisations must be based or delivering in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes and organisations must have a recognised constitution/ governing document in place. The funding can be used to cover:
- Staff costs
- Training costs
- Rent / Facility hire
- Utility costs
- IT costs
- Equipment but not capital or fixed equipment
Projects which have already received funding include, Somali Outreach Project facilitating youth running, South Bucks Hospice who are offering new physical activity sessions for people with life-threatening health conditions and their carers and Mama Bee Group’s Assertive Behaviours Programme, providing young people opportunity to participate in a healthy and informal opportunity to engage in exercises that they can continue to use after the sessions with a mix of emotional and physical defence strategies.
Andrea Healy, Development Manager at Leap heading up the fund said, “We’re delighted that we can distribute this funding to help the people who need it most. We’re keen to work with a wide range of organisations and are happy to help support project development, so even if you have the seed of an idea, get in touch and we can help support you to grow it into a project plan.”
Deadline for applications is Sunday 18th September.