Community groups in Salford, Huntingdon and North Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £10,000 for projects that promote physical activity and community integration.
The 'Community Activity Grants Programme' is available from community charity, Groundwork, which has joined forces with Sport England and Clarion Housing Group.
Groups are encouraged to apply for projects that promote regular activity that support a sustained lifestyle change; including activities considered ‘non -traditional’ sports such as Zumba and outdoor gym sessions and regular wellbeing walks that the whole community can enjoy.
Applications will be considered from all not-for-profit, public sector and community groups and clubs with projects aimed to encourage those who are least active in local areas, such as the elderly, disabled and those living with long-term health conditions, to apply the most.
Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s national CEO said: "We are thrilled to be a part of a programme that will allow communities to both improve their health and wellbeing and help to bring local people together to create something new and exciting that the whole community can benefit from.
"We look forward to seeing the diverse range of applications and helping residents benefit from the scheme over the next year."
Rona Chester, Sport England’s Chief Operating Officer said: "This is a really exciting partnership for Sport England as it enables us to try a different approach to getting funding to local community organisations that are ideally placed to get more people more active.
"Not everyone wants to take up traditional sports or be physically active through a traditional sports club. This programme will help find a wide range of groups in the heart of their community who can offer opportunities for local people to become active in a way that meets their needs".
To find out more, please visit: http://www.groundwork.org.uk/community-activity-grant-programme
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