Together Fund

Over the past 18-months, Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire has been provided with £150,000 Together Funding (formerly 'Tackling Inequalities Funding'), from Sport England and The National Lottery, to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and the widening of the inequalities in sport, physical activity and exercise.

Data collected through the Sport England commissioned Physical Activity Attitudes and Behaviours Survey during the lockdown is highlighting widening gaps in activity levels across existing priority audiences, in particular the following groups:

  • Lower Socio-Economic Groups (LSEG)
  • Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities (BAME)
  • Disabled People
  • People with Long-Term Health Conditions

Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire has received a further £155,000 from the Government's Covid-19 Outbreak Management Funds grant as part of Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire County Council's Covid-19 recovery plan, supporting economic recovery and improving wellbeing in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The additional funding provided by Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire County Council (£105,000 and £50,000 respectively) will extend Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire's work to tackle inequalities by supporting local communities to become and remain active following the pandemic.

Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire is keen to work with organisations which can support and encourage priority audiences to become more active, utilising the together fund (previously known as TIF). Upon consultation, our team will assess your eligibility, understand your needs and capture your project's impact for at least one of the 4 audiences.

Who can apply?

Your organisation can apply if you are a not-for-profit voluntary or community club or organisation, a registered charity, a non-profit company or community interest company (cic) or other social enterprise or a statutory body. We are unable to accept applications from individuals, sole-traders, organisations not established in the UK or companies that can re-direct profits generated from this funding to directors, members or shareholders.

If you are interested in applying for together funding, please complete the application form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

The funding is open to community organisations for example, community groups. clubs, charities, Community Interest Companies (CIC), Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO), Religious Groups - please note the funded activity should not be used to promote the religious beliefs of the organisation.

In exceptional circumstances, local authorities can be funded. This is where they:

  • have a track record with the identified audience
  • are best placed to work with that audience
  • where there are very few community organisations doing the same work with a similar audience
  • the project is meeting a gap/providing additionality

NHS and CCGs can receive funding if they:

  • have a track record with the identified audience
  • are best placed to work with that audience
  • where there are very few community organisations doing the same work with a similar audience
  • the project is meeting a gap/providing additionality.

What costs can I apply for?

The funding is to cover the increased costs providing or delivering physical activity. For example:

  • Needing to hire a larger space
  • Needing to hire a venue for longer to allow for cleaning protocols
  • Needing to reduce the number of people attending sessions
  • For organisations that own/rent their own facility, utility and insurance costs can be included in an application
  • Purchasing additional equipment e.g. a speaker so a group can still hear in a bigger area, more equipment so that participants do not need to share during a session etc.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Coaches/instructors, leaders
  • Additional training – either for instructors delivering to a new audience, or team members to support delivery
  • Promotional costs – to encourage participants back

Is there anything I cannot apply for?

This funding is offered as emergency funding, as a result there are a few restrictions.

  • It is not possible to apply for funding that you have already received for the same items or projects. For example, if you are eligible for Government support (e.g. rates); if you successfully received a Sport England Community Emergency Fund which included insurance costs, these cannot be re-applied for.
  • The funding is for community groups. clubs, charities and organisations. This funding is not for sole-traders, partnerships, freelances or consultants.
  • It is not possible to apply for capital works (including erecting football goals)
  • It is not possible to apply for funding to replace existing (tired or worn out) equipment
  • It is not possible to apply for management costs. The purpose of this fund is for as much money to reach the organisation and their participants/audiences

How much funding can I apply for?

Whilst it is expected most of the applications will be between £500 - £5,000, larger projects will be considered. Organisations may apply for a maximum of £10,000 within any TIF phase.

How long will we have to spend the funding?

The funding should be spent within 6 months of the offer of funding. For example, for an offer sent on 29 September 2020, the funding will need to be spent by 29 March 2020.

What if I have already received Sport England/ National Lottery funding?

It is not possible to apply for funding that you have already received for the same items or projects. If you were successful in receiving Sport England funding you cannot be funded for items previously funded (for example community emergency funding awarded for insurance).

How long does it take and what’s the process?

1. Complete the Expression of Interest form

2. You will be contacted by a member of the Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire team - in case any final changes are suggested

3. With Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire team member, submit a final application

4. You will receive a decision

5. You will have until 31 March 2023 to spend the money

How will the funding be monitored and evaluated?

The evaluation required will be very light-touch. It is likely that more information will be required for larger funding applications (£2000+) than for smaller grants (up to £2000). During the application stage and when the funding offer has been made, we will discuss and agree this with you.

We are particularly keen to understand the 'learning', so we can build on what we have learned from organisations thus far. We want to continue to learn about how you are working and about the people/participants that you engage with. We are keen to develop interactive case studies. We will work with you to develop these stories (photos and videos would be fantastic) so we can share the stories far and wide.

Finally, at the end of your project, we will contact you to reconcile the funding.

Top tips for applying

Please keep the application succinct and relevant to the project and form. If your application can answer 'yes' to the following six questions, it will be eligible:

1. Will this investment impact upon at least one of the four priority audiences?

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

2. Is there a real 'here and now' requirement to support this audience (a maximum of 6 months support is available through this fund)?

3. Has the need for the funding come as a direct result of this community group or audience being adversely affected as a result of COVID-19?

4. Will this investment help a community organisation that focuses on one of our four priority audiences to continue to survive and/or connect to one or more of our priority audiences at this time to keep them active?

5. Is there a clear link from this investment to physical activity taking place either now or in the immediate future (maximum six months of funded activity)?

6. Will the funding to be used to support a trusted community organisation? For example:

  • community groups
  • clubs
  • charities
  • CIC (community interest companies)
  • CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation)
  • Religious groups

Tackling Inequalities Fund Expression of Interest Form



Section 1: Contact Information
Simon Thomas

Simon Thomas

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

  • Strategic Management & Business Planning
  • Research and Intelligence
  • Workforce Support
07717 422184