Together Fund

The Together Fund is a continuation of Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund which was created in April 2020 to reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity.

The Together Fund (previously Tackling Inequalities Funding)

Targeted Funding for London

The Tackling Inequalities Fund saw 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 began to reopen following the covid-19 lockdown.

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

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

Projects that we backed with investment focused on supporting people that are most at risk of inactivity due to the impact of covid-19. 

The £200k Tackling Inequalities Fund for London was 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 focused 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 were targeted towards groups working in communities, with projects also receiving support and guidance from London Sport throughout the term of the programme.

The Together Fund is a targeted fund which has been designed by Sport England to deal with the issues caused as a result of covid-19 and aims to support community organisations working with priority audiences, so they have a future to plan for.

Tackling Inequalities Funding was intended to meet both immediate need and the early recovery stages, up until December 2022. Together Fund support is now designed to enable further recovery and growth up until March 2023.

In order to reach those who needed our help the most, we knew we needed to do things differently.

We know partners we’re working with have an extensive network and reach to local community organisations, and often those who may not usually be reached through our own direct channels.

While the need for this funding is being defined locally, the types of activity that’s been funded includes:

  • Funding for community groups to find new ways to support people to be active
  • Offering advice and training support
  • Increasing resilience, capacity and capability of delivery bodies.

Tackling Inequalities & Together Fund Updates

CASE STUDY: Saracens Foundation have kindly shared Himasnshu’s story with us. Attending a Reactivate taster session has led to exciting opportunities for Himanshu who has seen his independence increase and his physical and mental health improve.

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.

To find out more about the Tackling Inequalities Fund across the country, Sport England created this short video to share some of the key impacts.

Saracens Foundation

Himanshu is improving his independence, social skills, physical health and mental health with support from Saracens Foundation. Read the full case study, kindly provided by Saracens Foundation, below.

More information and contact details:

For more information around our Tackling Inequalities and Together Fund work, please contact project lead Alex on alex.gibbons@londonsport.org