The Mayor of London wants to make London the most active and socially integrated city in the world. To help achieve this goal, the Mayor launched Sport Unites, his multi-million-pound community sport investment programme.

As part of Sport Unites, over the next 12 months the Stronger Communities fund will award up to £5k to projects that use sport and physical activity (i) to bring Londoners together from different backgrounds, cultures and faiths, and (ii) to help socially isolated or lonely Londoners feel better connected to their local communities.

The mayor is offering funding of between £2,000 to £5,000, which will be awarded to projects that encourage and facilitate social integration between different groups through physical activity.


Project Criteria

Activities could include well recognised sports, such as ball games or athletics, but also more informal exercise based activity such as scoot events, walks, games such as Frisbee, tug of war etc.

Projects must be 12 weeks in length.


How to Apply

Groundwork London welcome alternative application methods such as video or sound entries for questions concerning project description. Individuals and non-constituted groups can apply, with references being submitted

You can find out if your idea meets the funding criteria by taking the eligibility checker below, which then leads through to the application form (if your idea is eligible)

Eligibility checker / Application Form

Take a look at the below documents for help filling out your application form:

Application form guidance

Example application form
For more detailed information on the Stronger Communities Fund click below

Background to the stronger communities fund 


Deadlines for Applying
Application Deadline Panel Date Panel Decision Date
Extended 21st June 2019 w/c 1st July 2019 w/c 5th August 2019
9th September 2019 w/c 23rd September 2019 w/c 21st October 2019
1st January 2020 w/c 13th January 2020 w/c 10th February 2020
2nd March 2020 w/c 16th March 2020 w/c 13th April 2020
15th May 2020 w/c 1st June 2020 w/c 22nd June 2020


Applications are open from May 2019 to May 2020

If you have any questions regarding the Stronger Communities Fund please contact Groundwork on 0207 239 1390 or StrongerCommunitiesFund@groundwork.org.uk

Groundwork is administering a number of grant schemes on behalf of the Greater London Authority (GLA) to help London become an even greater city in which to live and work.

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