Sport England Focus on: Tackling inactivity part two

In the fourth of our series looking at our Active Nation funding, we take a closer look at the second round of our funding to tackle inactivity.

We know that people on a low income or no income at all are less likely to take part in sport and physical activity than those earning more.

Our Active Lives figures show 32% of people in semi-routine and routine occupations, such as shop assistants and waitresses, are inactive. That compares to 17% of people in managerial and professional occupations.

£3m fund launches in April
That’s why we’ll soon be launching Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage, the second round of our inactivity fund. It will support inactive people who have little income and are therefore economically disadvantaged. This group make up a third of the population in England aged 16 to 74 – 14.6 million people.This fund is about more than getting people active – at the heart of it is using sport and physical activity to improve lives and communities.We know sport and physical activity can be extremely powerful in supporting positive social change for communities and individuals – and we want potential partners to tell us how they’ll do this.That could mean using sport to improve someone’s mental wellbeing, help drive down crime rates in an area, or reduce social isolation in rural communities.We want to work with community organisations who have a proven reach into the communities and with the individuals we are targeting. This means we’re expecting applications from a wide range of organisations, including non-sports organisations that we likely will not have worked with before.
We want to use sport and physical activity to improve lives and communities
We’ll be working with Sported, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Comic Relief, Big Lottery Fund and StreetGames to extend our reach out to local communities across the country.

Launching in mid-April, round two of our inactivity fund is split into two.

A £2 million pot of funding will support larger projects – up to a maximum of £500,000.

This will be for people who have little disposable income. They live very ordered lives but find it hard to build physical activity into their lives, or they feel being active is just not for them.

A second £1m pot is for projects between £10,000 and £100,000. This fund will focus on people who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all, living more chaotic lives with additional challenges. For example, they may have an offending background, be dealing with alcohol or drug misuse, or facing mental health issues.


As with Active Ageing – which was the first round of our tackling inactivity fund – we want to be innovative and test out bold ideas.

When we launch the fund, we’ll publish a prospectus with all the information you’ll need and begin inviting applications, which will be assessed, before moving into a more formal stage two assessment.

  • Fund: Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage
  • Value: £3 million National Lottery
  • Opening: mid-April 2017
  • Anticipated size of bids: £2m pot – up to a maximum of £500,000; £1m pot – a range from £10,000 to £100,000.
  • Full details and prospectus: mid-April 2017
  • Invitation for applications: mid-April 2017

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