Helping people who are inactive is one of Sport England’s major priorities. Over the next four years, they will be dedicating at least 25 per cent of our total resources to tackling inactivity.
In December 2016, Sport England will:
- Publish an investment guide on inactivity, describing the type of projects they are looking to support, the people they want to benefit and the outcomes they are seeking to achieve
- Open the first phase of the Inactivity Fund, which will focus on projects that help older adults (55+) to get active. There will be up to £10 million of National Lottery funding available. Sport England will be targeting older adults first because insight tells us this age group is much more likely to be inactive: 42 per cent of people aged 55+ are inactive compared to 29 per cent of the population as a whole.
Based on the work that has already been done on inactivity, Sport England are anticipating bids ranging from £250,000 to £500,000, but if you want to work on a smaller or larger scale, they are happy to discuss opportunities.
If you want to bid, you will need to submit your expressions of interest by noon on 13 February 2017. We plan to make the first set of awards in June 2017.
We have been working with an Active Ageing Group over recent months and it is likely that this group will be making an application to the fund, but we are still happy to provide guidance to any other organisations looking to apply to this fund.