Tackling Inequalities Fund

The Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund exists to help to reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity.

The Tackling Inequalities Project

Targeted Funding for London

The Tackling Inequalities Fund will see an additional £200k of investment into the capital’s community sport and physical activity sector, supporting local communities to start and remain active as society begins to reopen following the covid-19 lockdown.

The investment, which will be led by London Sport and supported by a number of sector partners, will be distributed to community-focused organisations working across eight London boroughs that demonstrate higher levels of inequality and physical inactivity.

These boroughs are: Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Harrow, Hillingdon, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lewisham and Newham

Projects that we will back with this investment will focus on supporting people that are most at risk of inactivity due to the impact of covid-19. 

The £200k Tackling Inequalities Fund for London is focused on the following target audiences:

  • Lower Socio-Economic Groups
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Disabled People and People with Long-Term Health Conditions

Our work will focus the London funding to the specific audiences through three strands:

  • Disability and Inclusion
  • Children and Young
  • People – Place-based work

Individual grants of up to £10k will be targeted towards groups working in communities, with projects also receiving support and guidance from London Sport throughout the term of the programme.

NB: Unfortunately this is not an open fund.

Tackling Inequalities Fund Updates

NEWS: Bromley have been crowned champions in London’s Virtual Inclusive Games after a hugely successful campaign which saw more than 80,000 entries submitted during the third covid-19 lockdown. London Youth Games worked with London Sport to deliver the Virtual Inclusive Games through the Tackling Inequalities Fund. Find out more.

BLOG: London Sport has distributed almost £200,000 of Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Funding to around 20 organisations across the capital; Specialist Advisor Physical Activity for Health, Barry Kelly explains more.

NEWS: London Sport work with London Youth Games to deliver the LYG Virtual Inclusive Games through Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund. The virtual challenge series launched on Tuesday 9 February to empower deaf and disabled young Londoners to participate in inclusive physical activities and remain active. Full story.

BLOG: Specialist Advisor for Children and Young People Gary Palmer looks at providing the right support to children and young people facing inequalities. Read his thoughts in this blog.

BLOG: Strategic Relationship Manager Lorna Leach explains how insight and evidence has been informing the planning work conducted by London Sport as we look to invest £200,000 into London to tackle the inequalities exacerbated by the covid-19 crisis. Read her blog.

FUNDING: A total of £200k of National Lottery funding distributed by Sport England will be invested in projects working in eight London boroughs to help ensure vulnerable Londoners can safely access sport and exercise opportunities as the capital continues to reopen following the covid-19 lockdown. Read more here.

BLOG: Specialist Advisor for Physical Activity for Health, Barry Kelly, looks at what London Sport hopes to learn from the £200,000 Tackling Inequalities investment into eight London boroughs and how key lessons from the project will benefit the wider sector. Read his blog.

Resources and Learnings

These projects will create valuable learning for other places in London to consider similar approaches to support their residents to be active at home and in the community.

We will work to capture the impact of these funded projects, both in terms of the logistics behind developing and delivering different strands, and where relevant, project-specific measures that identify impact on specific audiences, situations or conditions.

More information and contact details:

For more information around our Tackling Inequalities Fund work, please contact project lead Barry on barry.kelly@londonsport.org