Over the past year, we’ve posted in Signpost about funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF). This funding has been available to local partners across England to encourage older people to get active as they recover from the worst of the pandemic. The TIF programme has since transformed into the Together Fund grants programme. Below is a summary of the funding available from Active Partnerships and Versus Arthritis as part of this new fund.
During 2021, as one of Sport England’s National Partners, Age UK’s TIF programme made 41 grant awards of up to £6,000 to 38 local Age UKs for physical activity projects ranging from Tai Chi sessions to walking groups, with around 3,500 older people benefitting overall. Many other local Age UKs have also delivered physical activity projects funded through other Sport England National Partners such as their local Active Partnership and Versus Arthritis since the launch of TIF in summer 2020. It has been a tremendous effort and achievement by all those delivering these projects.
The Together Fund
The TIF programme has since transformed into the Together Fund grants programme with a further major investment from Sport England.
The Together Fund’s purpose, however, remains unchanged in aiming to provide a range of physical activity opportunities for local communities, based on local need, and specifically targeting people with long-term health conditions, those living with disabilities, from culturally diverse communities, and from lower socio-economic groups.
Age UK will not be awarding grants through the Together Fund (TF), but all local Age UKs will instead be able to access Together Fund grants of up to £10,000 for new physical activity projects through other TF National Partners, in particular Active Partnerships and Versus Arthritis. Find out full details below.
All local Age UKs can approach their local Active Partnership about Together Fund grant support, and those with an existing relationship with their local Active Partnership are especially encouraged to do so. To discuss your project idea with your local Active Partnership, please contact them here.
Versus Arthritis Grants Available
The Versus Arthritis Together Fund grants programme is open for applications for new activities in England that specifically support people living with long-term health conditions to get active. The fund is providing grants between £1,000 and £5,000 (although grants of more than £5,000 may be available) and is open for applications until 31 July 2022.
Versus Arthritis also has a new grants fund, Let’s Move Together Fund which is open to local organisations in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and aims to support people with arthritis and other long-term health conditions to get active.
If you have any questions more generally, please do not hesitate to contact us at TIF@ageuk.org.uk.