Families Fund now open

Expressions of interest now open for our latest funding programme to help families with children get active

06 July 2017 News Funding

Our Families Fund is a major new investment programme which will support families with children to get active and play sport together.

Organisations with a track record in changing behaviour with families in lower socio-economic groups are invited to submit an expression of interest for our latest funding programme.

Download our Families Fund Prospectus

Our Families Fund prospectus provides information and guidance on who we want to reach through this investment, what we aim to achieve, the challenges that need tackling and the application process.

Why we’re investing in families

There are currently 7 million children aged 5 to 15 in England – and nearly 4 in 5 are not doing the recommended daily amount of exercise.

The Chief Medical Officer in England recommends that children do at least 60 minutes of activity every day. But this isn’t the case for the majority of young people.

We want to change that.

We want to increase the number of opportunities for families and children to do physical activity together

We’re looking to increase the number of opportunities currently on offer for families and children to do sport and physical activity together.

We’re going to be particularly focused on families in lower socio-economic groups for this round of funding. A number of studies show that children from families in these groups are less active than those in higher socio-economic groups.

Meeting the challenge

There are three main outcomes we want to achieve with this investment, including:

  • Increasing activity levels of families in lower socio-economic groups whose children are not doing the recommended 60 minutes a day of sport or physical activity
  • Support families to be active together throughout the week outside of school time
  • Deliver positive experiences so that children can build confidence in their ability to be active.

There are a number of challenges that need to be addressed to meet the aims of this funding and we want to work with partners who have a successful track record in changing behaviour with families in lower socio-economic groups.

We’re looking to invest in projects that deliver what families really want and need – which means organisations don’t necessarily need to be related to sport or physical activity.

Further information