Get Berkshire Active Covid-19 Tackling Inequalities Fund – seeking organisations interested in applying

Article date
22 March 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Get Berkshire Active (GBA) are currently planning a third phase of Tackling Inequalities Funding and are seeking organisations that would be interested in applying.

The Tackling Inequalities Fund exists to help reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity. Funding will enable community groups working with specific audiences to continue to exist and engage with their communities, with a view to keeping them active during both the lockdown and early recovery stages.

This fund is designed to deal with ‘here and now’ issues that the sector organisations are facing as a result of the impact of Covid-19. It is about supporting organisations in the community now so that they have a future to plan for. It is expected that the funding will be supporting community groups with immediate effect. As has always been the case this fund is an emergency fund for organisations working with one or more of the following audiences;

  • individuals with a disability
  • individuals with a long term health condition
  • ethnically and culturally diverse communities
  • low socio-economic groups

There must be a line of sight to physical activity in any project, work or costs funded – however, you don’t need to be a physical activity/sport related organisation to apply. Any support covered by the funding is intended to meet immediate need up until October 2021.

  • Projects must be aimed at the key target audience​.
  • Organisations must have a constitution in place, or organisations without a constitution may explore if/how another organisation could receive any funding on their behalf or GBA (or partners) can support them to write a constitution.
  • Charities, social enterprise​s or similar are eligible to apply.

Please note that football is ineligible due to the work going on at a national level to understand the needs of this sport in this period. If you think football is likely to feature as part of your project idea please get in touch at the earliest opportunity (see contact details below).


The application must:

  1. Engage ultimate beneficiaries in one (or more) of these 4 categories:
    • Lower Socio Economic Groups (LSEG)​
    • Disabled people​
    • Those with long-term conditions​
    • BAME Communities​
  2. Show how the funding will either help the club/community body to survive through the next 6 months and/or support their participants to remain active in the Covid-19 lockdown and early recovery stages over the next 6 months​.
  3. Demonstrate a clear financial need for the funding sought​.
  4. Demonstrate the existing relationship the club/group have with the target audience and the extent of its reach into the target community​.
  5. Not be a duplicate application for funding already received from the Sport England Community Emergency Fund. (N.B additional funding is acceptable if a further financial need is evident.) ​
  6. Be eligible to receive Sport England Lottery Funding (see eligibility above).

For this phase, the following points are emphasised in relation to the fund:

  • It can be used to help organisations financially survive coming weeks – for example, funding can be used to cover costs such as utility bills and insurance. Or, its very possible that there are organisations/clubs that would ordinarily have paying members and due to the pandemic, may have gone for a long period without this income, ultimately threatening the future of the organisation/club. Please get in touch if this applies to your organisation/club (see below for contact information).
  • A proportion of funding awarded can be used to help support organisations improve/strengthen their governance – for example, ensuring your organisation is complying with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • And it can be used to fund delivery, either remotely or, when restrictions ease, face to face
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