Together an Active Future (TaAF) is an opportunity to make a difference for the people of Pennine Lancashire.
On Tuesday 20th October Sport England announced the launch of its Return to Play programme of support for community sports clubs, organisations and other local providers where their primary focus is on physical activity. Nationally, Sport England have committed an additional £16.5 million to support this programme.
Subject to the specific needs of an individual organisation, the Return to Play funding opportunities may help support revenue or capital costs through grants to respond to the impact of Coronavirus and the changes or adaptions which are now required to offer sport or physical activities. In addition to the grant based opportunities and subject to the need, the organisation may access Return to Play Active Together initiative where Sport England have partnered with Crowdfunder.
Unlike the Community Emergency Fund, Sport England will be prioritising organisations who operate in areas which are ranked in the top 1-3 declies for Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). Based on this, there is a significant opportunity for sports clubs, organisations and providers from Blackburn with Darwen to seek support from the programme.
For information, it is worth noting that if a club is predominantly focused on football separate arrangements for support will be put in place through the local county FA structures with the support of the Football Foundation.
As this is an ‘open’ fund, demand for the support available is expected to be high.