Birmingham 2022: Active HW receives £60k to support community sport & physical activity projects
Posted: Wed, 13 Apr 2022 21:57
Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire has today invited community sport and physical activity projects to apply for funding as part of on-going work to help more individuals in the region get active.
Awarded by Sport England and the National Lottery as part of its support of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the funding will support sport and physical activity to become more accessible to those in local communities around Herefordshire & Worcestershire area. Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire has local priority audiences and localities which we are looking to support – these include:
- Culturally diverse communities (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Groups)
- Disabled people
- LGBTQ+ people
- Lower socio economic groups
- Older people
- People affected by mental health and wellbeing
- People with long term health conditions
- Women and girls
Eligible community organisations can apply for between £100 and £2500 for their project or event. Applicants must show how their proposed project or event will support those who need it most or are from underrepresented groups, whilst aligning with the Commonwealth Games missions. These include:
- Bringing people together: celebrating sport and physical activity, connecting to the cultural vibrancy of the Commonwealth, and supporting cultural diversity and inclusion.
- Improving health & wellbeing: focus on participation including those who are inactive to be active. It can also tackle inequality in participation including access to kit and equipment.
- Helping the region to grow and succeed: focus on supporting volunteers and workforce development.
Steve Brewster Chief Executive at Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire, said:
"With our West Midlands neighbours, Birmingham hosting, the Commonwealth Games is a fantastic chance to motivate and inspire individuals and communities to get physically active and reap the benefits that an active lifestyle can bring."
"We are thrilled to receive this funding from Sport England and the National Lottery. It provides a great opportunity to work closely with community groups and organisations across Herefordshire and Worcestershire to harness the excitement of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and bring people together to improve health and wellbeing and put the West Midlands on the map."
Phil Smith, Partnerships Director of Sport England, said:
"We want to use Birmingham 2022 as a catalyst to help more people in the Midlands be active. We are investing around £30 million in doing that, and today's new funds are for local groups to use to makesport and physical activity more accessible to more people.
"By targeting funding through a number of Active Partnerships – including awarding £60,000 to Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire – we want to help leave a legacy of active and connected communities long after the curtain has come down on the Games."
Applications are now open – the deadline for submissions is 31st December 2022. For more information, please visit: https://www.activehw.co.uk/b22-fund