Together Fund FAQs

This page details frequently asked questions regarding applications for the Together Fund in Lancashire. Find out how to make your application.

How much can I apply for?

Active Lancashire will be accepting bids under £5,000. We want to support as many organisations as we can. Your ability to secure funding through Active Lancashire will be dependent on how much Sport England funding you have received in this calendar year – you are only allowed to access £10,000 in total for each calendar year.


What kinds of costs are eligible for inclusion in awards we make to community organisations?

In supporting community organisations in your localities, you might receive requests to support the following which are eligible items of expenditure for this fund at this time:
a. Staff costs
b. Training costs
c. Rent / Facility hire
d. Utility costs
e. IT costs
f. Insurance


What costs are ineligible for TF lottery funding and therefore cannot be included?

There are certain items that are not eligible for lottery funding as follows:
• Activities or costs which are already covered by other government funding including rates
• Capital works
• Activities promoting religious or political beliefs
• Where there is personal benefit to an individual
• Any private business or profit-making organisations unless they are a Social Enterprise or Community Interest Company
• Partnerships and freelancers
• Loss of Sponsorship or loan repayments.
• Replacement of general equipment for reasons unrelated to the Together Fund (it is broken, tired, torn etc)
• Contingency costs and VAT organisations are seeking to recover. This list is not exhaustive, if you are unsure please do get in touch


Can you apply if you are already in receipt of other Sport England funding?

Yes, so long as the purpose for the Together Fund funding does not duplicate the purpose of the other Sport England funding. This should be separate from or complimentary to any other funding previously secured from Sport England. Where appropriate, please highlight other Sport England funding as part of any proposal.


Can TF funding support single Facility Operators to re-open their doors?

Together Fund funding should not be used to help facility operators’ general operations following re-opening. Where they are best placed to provide opportunities for a priority audience to remain active, TF resources can support the activity to take place. There must be a clear rationale as to why the facility operator is best placed to deliver this.


Can Active Lancashire support non-affiliated clubs?

The key factor in deciding which clubs to work with should be the safety of the participants. Active Partnerships and National Partners should ensure that any club they are working with has appropriate risk and safeguarding practices in place, relevant insurance and the organisation is using an affiliated/qualified coach or instructor. Special attention should be given to those sports who are deemed to be high risk or dangerous. For organisations delivering martial arts activity, it is expected that they will be signed up to the Code or proactively working towards code recognition to receive Together Fund investment.


Are schools eligible for TF funding?

Yes, schools can be the recipients of TF monies however activity should not be delivered during curricular time. All activity should be delivered before or after school, during lunchtimes or during holiday periods. Partners should be looking to ensure any activity is delivered as part of a more sustainable programme of activity, rather than a one off.


Can we fund sole traders through the TF?

We understand how important Sole Traders are to the sport and physical activity landscape and we have been working to update our guidance on supporting Sole Traders. If you wish to distribute funding to a Sole Trader, please contact us to discuss.


Can TF projects support activities for Under 5s?

We cannot support projects that focus on under 5s as the main audience. However, where a project includes a small number of this age group as part of a wider audience e.g. part of a family engagement project, this can be supported. Applicants should set out the intended audience and balance of the focus clearly in their submission to avoid confusion and delays in the approval process.


Can TF fund defibrillators?

The inclusion of defibrillators & associated training will be considered where it forms part of a wider TF funding request (not just purely seeking a defib). The need may be for supporting safety, reassurance to people resuming activity and ensuring suitable medical training and equipment is available. Please note there are some free Sport England funded training courses available, but we are aware that this might not always be the right option for individual community groups. Where funding for defibrillators is approved, we recommend the following award condition is added: The organisation agrees that by accepting the funding for the defibrillator it will ensure the equipment is suitably maintained and they have sufficient numbers of trained volunteers/staff to operate it. Where organisations are seeking support solely for the purchase of a defib you may wish to direct them to charities such as British Heart Foundation or Cardiac Risk in the Young.


Can we use TF money to provide vouchers for participants?

This cost is appropriate if reflected in the following scenarios:

• The vouchers are low in value and will be used as a tool for engagement.
• The vouchers have no monetary value at all and if the user does not use the voucher, they would not be entitled to receive the value of the service in cash
• The vouchers would be redeemed for activity within a not for profit community organisation only. They should not be distributed for commercial organisations such as gyms where the longer-term involvement of the participant could result in a profit to the organisation.
• The person eligible for the voucher would be selected because they are one of Sport England’s key demographics.
• The value of any unused vouchers should be returned to the recipient organisation and where they cannot repurpose the amount in line with guidelines, should return to the appropriate sector partner


Can we fund things like food distribution and other welfare needs in our communities through this funding?

This fund can be used to join up resources locally with other funding bodies/approaches established to support community groups through the COVID-19 crisis. We expect a line of sight to Physical Activity in the funding decisions you propose for Sport England funding. Our line of sight is in keeping people in a position to be active – in order for people to be active we recognise that some of their other basic needs must be met. That’s why we have supported things like Holiday Hunger programmes – where young people get fed alongside being active but our focus here is on ensuring that people engage in the activity with food provision a conduit to ensure people are effectively able to engage in the physical activity offer. We encourage you to think about what is “reasonable” support in the current context which would include being part of a joined up approach in a place but not taking on responsibility for wider welfare needs in communities where statutory bodies and other charities are established to do so and their articles reflect that purpose.


Can we use the funding to support the employment of those who do not sit within community organisations? For example, intern positions to connect to priority audiences?

This work is designed to support community organisations that connect to priority audiences therefore this type of employment does not fit this underlying principle. Additionally, the TF is designed to support in the short term to address inequalities arising as a result of COVID-19 therefore employment for a longer period of time e.g. two years also does not fit with the principle of the fund


Can we use money from the TF to fund gardening?

Generally, this funding cannot be used to fund the sole purpose of gardening. However, if the gardening activity is part of a wider project that involves other forms of physical activity for example walking, cycling, outdoor gym exercise, we may consider this, please get in touch and we can discuss specific cases.


Can the funding be used to offset membership fees at a club / organisation for people facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19?

Providing lower or no cost activities for people on low incomes is an acceptable use of TF funding. It would be preferable to support the actual costs which any membership fee relates to e.g. coaching, equipment or facility hire fees, rather than the encompassing membership fee itself. In any event this funding should not be used to distribute funds to individuals to meet their costs


Can the TF support football focused projects?

Where Active Partnerships and National Partners identify projects that are football focused, these can be funded through the Together Fund however there are a few factors that we would want you to consider before bringing these forwards:

• Please remember the core purpose of the fund is targeted at four priority audiences and aims to either a) support community groups working with these target audiences to get through and recover from the impact of COVID-19 or b) to reach our four audiences at this time to support them in remaining engaged and active.
• This fund is not designed to support ongoing/long term projects or the creation of new activity to new audiences but is a here and now emergency fund to support existing clubs and organisations to become more resilient and continue to support their participant base.
• Is TF the only funding opportunity available for this football focused project? Football clubs and voluntary organisations have and continue to receive significant levels of support through Sport England and other funders i.e. the Football Foundation., Sport England have also agreed to repurpose funding to the FA to help local County FA’s (CFA) reduce affiliation fees for clubs across the country, therefore, we would not want to fund this type of support via TF. Where not already aware, your clubs should be directed to ask their CFA about this.


Can we fund on-costs, administration, co-ordination and management fees?

We want as much money as possible to reach the organisations and their audiences/participants/beneficiaries at this time. TF will only support funding for direct project costs and for an appropriate and proportionate share of an organisation’s overheads in delivering this project. Direct project costs are ones that clearly relate to a project i.e. coaching costs, volunteer expenses, a tablet to loan to self-isolating or shielding participants. We are happy to support salaries or contributions to salaries that are directly involved in delivering activities to participants and primary audiences, however we will be looking for organisations to have considered how this salary/role/post will be sustained/maintained beyond TF delivery given it is a critical role in supporting participants to be physically active. Overheads are costs that partly support a project such as rent or utility costs. The inclusion of on-costs and other organisation overheads which are not related to direct delivery will not be supported. Additional management and administration fees in addition to direct delivery costs will not be supported.


Can we fund one-off events?

Generally, the fund will not support one-off events unless they have a clear purpose to engage or re-engage with an audience and can demonstrate that they are either at the beginning or end of a wider piece of activity for those involved. We are aware that there are many holiday activity projects coming through and we are keen to support children’s activity during the holidays, even if it is for a short period. We would encourage holiday activity projects to be linked to a longer-term activity or a suitable exit route.


Can we include spend on incentives/prizes for projects to encourage people to take part e.g. vouchers as rewards for taking part?

We would discourage using TF monies to pay for incentives to encourage individuals to take part in sport. There is limited evidence to show that this type of approach can be successful in the long term. Additionally, lottery funding should not be used to provide direct benefit to an individual where there could potentially be a cash value to what is being given e.g. amazon or iTunes voucher. Where APs and NPs feel that they wish to use incentives that provide a personal gain to an individual that is not essential to their participation in the activity we advise that they seek other ways of supporting these locally e.g. through donations, alternative sources of funding or sponsorship. We can support reasonable costs which were linked to the activity to encourage participation e.g. water bottle, T-shirt.


Can we include the cost of childcare within TF projects where this is a barrier to participation?

Where childcare is found to be a real barrier and will align to the delivery of the activity then we are happy to support this i.e. the childcare is at the same site for the time covering the activity period. Off-site childcare provision would not be eligible.


Can training costs for individuals be supported?

We can support reasonable individual training costs where it is essential to the delivery of the activity or the sustainability of the organisation being funded. The training would need to support delivering activity to TF priority audiences.


Can groups use the funding to purchase equipment?

Yes, relevant equipment that would support communities to be more active in this current period can be purchased through the fund. This fund is not about longer term equipment replacement however as there are other funding programmes that offer that function. Do think about how any equipment groups request will remain in circulation/use beyond the short term immediate response.


Can we use the funding to purchase activity packs and distribute?

Critically we are looking to you to understand local need – both in terms of the community organisations in your locality that work with the priority audience and the audiences themselves. If your community organisations are advising this is a need can you route resource through them directly to assist as opposed to taking this on yourselves? If there are economies of scale to be achieved, is it with the blessing of the community bodies rather than something they would challenge as the best use of scarce resources locally? We are aware that there are several useful resources now available to support communities. Whilst in some instances new content will be needed, please do consider what is already available before making recommendations to fund the creation of new material. We have already shared a short list of links from what we know has been developed/is available.

We would ask you to also consider other means of funding when considering this and to keep the cost of activity packs low. It is important to consider how individuals will be supported to use the equipment, ongoing connection with them and longer-term sustainability of their activity levels and use of the equipment. Ideally, the equipment would remain the property of the distributing organisation and be on loan to individuals for their use at this time recognising this needs to be proportionate to the cost.


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