What is The Together Fund from Sport England?
Introduction to the Together Fund
The Together Fund (formerly called the Tackling Inequalities Fund or “TIF”) aims to reduce the negative impact of Covid-19 and any widening of inequalities in participation rates in sport and physical activity. Insight from Sport England shows that the following communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic:
- Disabled People
- People with Long-Term Health Conditions
- Lower socio-economic groups
- Culturally diverse communities
Some of the insight suggests that the pandemic may have a significant impact on the opportunities of these communities to be physically active. We know that this has the potential to widen existing gaps further.
Disability Rights UK’s role as a National Partner
Disability Rights UK (DR UK) is the leading national user-led pan-disability charity. We describe ourselves as ‘Disabled people leading change’. The Get Yourself Active team at DR UK has worked with Sport England for over six years to achieve positive change in how we access physical activity.
We are acting as a National Partner of Sport England. In this role, we deliver grant money from the Together Fund to Disabled People’s User Led Organisations (DPULOs) and other local, community-based organisations, supporting Disabled people and/or people with long-term health conditions. DR UK endorses reducing the inequalities in physical activity experienced by Disabled people and people with long term health conditions, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are keen to reduce the inequalities experienced by Disabled people and those with long term health conditions from culturally diverse communities and encourage applications that seek to redress the imbalance.
DR UK’s two funding routes:
User Led Grants (ULG) of up to £10,000 are being offered as part of the Fund. These aim to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to cultivate ideas about how to get Disabled people active through user-led and person-centred approaches. Funding should be spent by recipient DPULOs as soon as possible. The Fund aims to address the short-term negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic instead of funding longer-term projects. We are interested in ideas that show the value of user-led approaches to tackling inactivity and demonstrate the impact. This will create valuable insights for Sport England and DR UK on the opportunities that user-led approaches bring, and learning about the barriers to participation.
Small and Micro Community Grants (SMCG) of up to £3,000 are being offered as part of the Fund for small-scale project ideas. Funding should be spent by recipient organisations as soon as possible. This speed means funding can address the short-term negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, unlike longer-term funding. We know that there are organisations largely run by the goodwill and dedication of local volunteers and the passion of committed community leaders. We know that Community Micro-Enterprises like these often have creative and innovative ideas of how to impact a neighbourhood or street and can make a small amount of money go a long way. The SMCG fund would open the doors to these organisations and bring Sport England more insight about community action and the ‘small, good stuff’ which enriches people’s lives.
Disability Rights UK primarily delivers funds to organisations that work with two of the priority audiences that Sport England is targeting for the Together Fund. For us, these groups are Disabled people and people with Long-Term Health Conditions.
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