People on a low income or no income at all, are less likely to take part in sport and physical activity than those earning more. Sport England Active Lives figures show 32% of people in semi-routine and routine occupations, such as shop assistants and waitresses, are inactive. That compares to 17% of people in managerial and professional occupations.
Sport England is launching Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage, the second round of its Inactivity Fund. It will support inactive people who have little income and are therefore economically disadvantaged. This group make up a third of the population in England aged 16 to 74 – 14.6 million people.
Sport England knows sport and physical activity can be extremely powerful in supporting positive social change for communities and individuals – and they want potential partners to tell them how they will do this.
That could mean using sport to improve someone’s mental wellbeing, help drive down crime rates in an area, or reduce social isolation in rural communities.
They want to work with community organisations who have a proven reach into the communities and with the individuals they are targeting. This means Sport England is expecting applications from a wide range of organisations, including non-sports organisations that they have worked with before.
Launching in mid-April, Round Two of their Inactivity Fund is split into two.
A £2 million pot of funding will support larger projects – up to a maximum of £500,000.
This will be for people who have little disposable income. They live very ordered lives but find it hard to build physical activity into their lives, or they feel being active is just not for them.
A second £1m pot is for projects between £10,000 and £100,000. This fund will focus on people who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all, living more chaotic lives with additional challenges. For example, they may have an offending background, be dealing with alcohol or drug misuse, or facing mental health issues.
• Full details and prospectus: mid-April 2017
• Invitation for applications: mid-April 2017
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