About the fund
The Tackling Inequalities Fund forms part of our £270 million support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
Shortly after restrictions on exercising and guidelines around social distancing were introduced in late March, we commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct regular surveys assessing people’s activity levels and attitudes to physical activity.
Based on early insight from the survey, it quickly become clear that certain groups of people were being disproportionately affected by the pandemic and it was significantly impacting their ability to be physically active.
In response, the Tackling Inequalities Fund has been created to try and help reduce the negative impact on activity levels in these under-represented groups, with a specific focus on:
- Lower socio-economic groups
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
- Disabled people
- People with long-term health conditions.
This £20m fund of National Lottery money will enable community groups working with these audiences to continue to exist and engage with their communities, with a view to keeping them active during both the lockdown and early recovery stages.
This is a targeted fund that's been designed to deal with the ‘here and now’ issues caused as a result of coronavirus and aims to support community organisations working with priority audiences so they have a future to plan for. This support is intended to meet immediate need up until October.
Each partner we're working with has an extensive network and reach to community organisations where we know there's an immediate need, and who may not be reached through traditional channels.
Who we're working with
In order to reach those community groups in most need, we'll be working through our network of 43 Active Partnerships to connect funding to where it's needed locally. Utilising their expertise, networks and local insight, Active Partnerships will play a key role in connecting local systems and allocating funds.
While the need for this funding will be defined locally, the types of activity that might be funded could include:
- Funding for community groups to find new ways of keeping active during this time
- Offering advice and training support
- Increasing resilience, capacity and capability of delivery bodies.
We're also looking to connect partners who might be able to help Active Partnerships to reach our priority audiences. Perhaps you have insight around the effects of Covid-19 or useful resources on how to engage with your audience?
If you think you might be able to help with this area of work, then please get in touch with your local Active Partnership to discuss funding options.
In addition, we'll also be working with a number of national partners who have specific expertise engaging with our priority audiences.
We'll continue to identify new national partners that can provide the additional reach into specific communities, helping us to distribute funding to where it's needed across England.