We’ve always tried to address inequalities through our funding and particularly encourage applications for projects that support people who have poorer health outcomes and lower activity levels.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) has had an impact on everyone but our insight is showing it’s more significant in some communities/groups and the rate of recovery back to pre-pandemic levels is slower for some people.
To help support those most severely effected by the ongoing pandemic, we have a £21.5m Return to Play Fund.
When it first opened last year there were three options to this fund – Small Grants and the Community Asset Fund, which had been adapted from pre-coronavirus funds, and Active Together crowdfunding – which had been extended.
All three focused on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity.
The Community Asset Fund has now been paused to new applications, but the remaining two options continue to offer help and support.
We've also launched our Places and Spaces Fund that's part of our Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games package to help community sport and physical activity groups improve places and spaces in the West Midlands.