If you are a part of a Lancashire-based group or club that supports communities and individuals in being active, then you may be able to apply for funding to help run your projects.
Before making your application we recommend that you read the below information and visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, which features additional information about eligibility for the funding.
If you have an idea and would like to find out if this is something that can be funded before you complete an application, please contact Andy Clarke ([email protected]) to discuss.
What is the Together Fund?
The Together Fund is a continuation of the Tackling Inequalities Fund that was set up in April 2020 as part of the Sport England package to help sport and physical activity sector through Covid-19.
Following an initial round of funding, Active Lancashire have secured a further £208,000 from Sport England to help groups and clubs that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, significantly impacting on their ability to support communities and individuals in being physically active.
We have been enlisted to allocate the funding to those most in need across the county, as well as offering advice and training support to help increase the resilience, capacity and capability of delivering partners.
The four priority audiences that clubs and groups can apply for or on behalf of are;
• Lower socio-economic groups
• Culturally diverse communities
• Disabled people
• People with long-term health conditions
The types of activities that will be funded are:
• Funding for community groups to find new ways to support people to be active
• Offering advice and training support
• Increasing capacity, capability and sustainability of projects
We are especially interested in applications for projects including women from culturally diverse communities.
If you are not ready to submit an application but want to tell us your idea to see if it is something we can fund please complete the following
Omar Khan from Preston United Youth Development, who recently received some of the Together Fund via Active Lancashire, said, “The impact of COVID-19 on our community was immense with the highest numbers of people losing their lives. Responsibilities intensified for women who were seeing family members coming down with Covid, children to home school and incomes reducing due to lockdown. The Together Fund provided online respite for our 'mums group.' They took part in virtual walks, skipping challenges and fitness sessions.
"After lockdown, the fund helped them take part in swimming, yoga, trampolining, cycling, boxercise and football. They were also invited to take penalties at Preston North End. The funding boosted the confidence of the group and enabled them to share their experiences and counsel each other through the trauma of losing family members.”
Andrea Pilling, Groove N Glow founder, said, “Restrictions meant that it wasn’t always financially viable to deliver classes, but the funding meant that an instructor could return to provide these much needed sessions without any worries. It helped us support these ladies not just to be physically active again but to venture out of a very isolated time.
“Although they were allowed to do some physical activity, many didn't during lockdown. They had lost their confidence, previous fitness levels and their mental health had suffered as a result. We were so grateful of the funding in helping us provide a safe, welcoming environment, reaching over 50 women within a 12 week programme.”