The Mayor of London has announced a new partnership with Comic Relief that will invest in sports projects that bring people from different backgrounds together to strengthen local communities.
The London Together Fund will award grants between £25,000 and £150,000 to support projects that contribute to making London the most active and socially integrated city in the world.
Projects will need to identify reasons for low social integration, which may include:
- High population turnover/migration/movement
- Perceived lack of safety
- Lack of trust between local groups
- Race relations
And should demonstrate approaches that:
- Reduce isolation and loneliness
- Bring together people from different backgrounds to reduce prejudice and negative stereotyping, and increase trust
- Increase opportunities to support Londoners into work, employment and training
- Provide opportunities for Londoners from all backgrounds to volunteers
Commenting on the new fund and the wider Sport Unites programme also announced by the Mayor of London, Tove Okunniwa, Chief Executive of London Sport, said:
We all know how powerful sport can be in bringing people together, and it is great to see Sport Unites championing such a bold ambition for its role in London. The Mayor’s commitment to using sport in this way is a powerful statement in support of its place in society, and in making London a happier and healthier city.
London Sport look forward to continuing our work with the Mayor and his team, and with projects and communities throughout London, to help deliver the ambition of Sport Unites and to make London the most physically active city in the world.”
Funding applications are open until 12 noon on 16 May 2018. More information on how to apply is available on Comic Relief’s website: http://www.comicrelief.com/apply-for-grants/open-grants-initiatives/london-together