Get Berkshire Active (GBA) are managing the Activate fund on behalf of the Sports Council Trust Company (SCTC). The aim of the fund is to provide new physical activity and sport opportunities for inactive people living in deprived areas in Berkshire.
- Organisations can apply for between £750 and £2000.
- Applying organisations must have an income of less than £250,000.
There are two application deadlines
- Round 1: opens 29 July 2019. Closes 16 September 2019. Announcements of grants awarded week commencing 30 September 2019.
- Round 2: opens 14 October 2019. Closes 25 November 2019. Announcements of grants awarded week commencing 9 December 2019.
To be eligible applying organisations must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Operate on local/regional community initiatives and are not a national charity or organisation.
- Have UK bank account in the name of the group.
- Have charitable/organisation aims that are not solely for the advancement of religion.
The following organisations can apply:
- Registered charities
- Community Interest Companies (CICs)
- Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)
- Social enterprises
- Other not-for-profit community organisations
What they will fund
The funding will cover new physical activity projects in Berkshire with the overall aim of getting more inactive people active. Ideally the funding will be used towards a new project, new target audience or new geographical area rather than supporting costs associated with an existing activity.
Projects must evidence how they expect to sustain delivery beyond the life of the funding. Collaborative projects are welcomed. Applications which will predominantly cover the costs of one-off events must provide details of how they intend to deliver a longer-term impact. Projects must address making an improvement in one or more of the following Government outcomes:
- Mental wellbeing (e.g. reducing stress and anxiety or other mental health conditions).
- Physical wellbeing (e.g. reduces or helps manage symptoms associated with particular health conditions, reduces inactivity levels).
- Individual development (e.g. developing skills, improving self-esteem and confidence or educational attainment).
- Social and community development (building a sense of community, cohesion and social trust, reducing feelings of social isolation and loneliness, building skills within a community to benefit local residents).
Funding will be weighted towards projects located within an area of deprivation. In Reading these are identified as Whitley, Church and Norcot. In addition, projects must target one of these audiences:
- Women and girls
- People with disabilities
- Black and Minority Ethnic communities
- Older People