A further £20 million of National Lottery funding is being made available to help tackle inequalities in physical activity levels as the nation continues its recovery from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Last year, as part of Sport England's initial response to the crisis, they launched the £20m Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) that focused on lower socio-economic groups, culturally diverse communities, disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.
Now, a further £20m will be spent on helping the same audiences to become active or get more active as TIF becomes the Together Fund.
This money will continue to support community organisations working with our priority audiences, so the organisations have a future to plan for.
The support is designed to enable further recovery and growth up until March 2023 and Sport England's Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Viveen Taylor, is pleased to see our support for priority audiences maintained.
“Tackling inequalities is at the heart of our Uniting the Movement strategy and it’s critical that this continues to be at the forefront of our minds with the Together Fund,” she said.
“TIF saw us work in a new way, working collaboratively with partners to ensure our funding got to the people who needed it most, those who were most affected by the impact of the pandemic.
“We’ve seen how this approach has been a success so I’m delighted that we’re committing to working together in this way again and targeting those most in need.
“With this new round of funding we hope to see community organisations progress from fighting for survival to growing into thriving groups than can be sustainable and fully engage their own communities in activity and all the benefits that come with it.”
The Together Fund will build on the work of TIF and help community organisations to reach and engage their audience in movement.
It'll have an increased focus on supporting groups to recover and grow during the funding period, while acknowledging that there are some instances where the priority will still be survival rather than growth.
Earlier this year we delivered a webinar that focussed Lower Socio-Economic Groups. See below a presentation from Rachel Graham. Head of Low Socio-Economic Groups and Warren Leigh. Strategic Lead (London), Local Delivery Directorate, Sport England
Developing Active Communities.