Grants of between £2,000 and £5,000 are available for projects to improve social integration through sporting activities. A total of £500,000 is being made available from May 2019 to May 2020. The first step in the application process is to take the eligibility quiz which is available on the Groundwork London website.
The fund has two key priorities:
To build relationships between Londoners from different backgrounds.
To reduce social isolation and loneliness.
To be eligible, project activities must lead to one of the following:
Build relationships between Londoners from different backgrounds. Projects should do more than just bring different groups of people together. The activity will need to strengthen the relationships between those different groups and lead to a better understanding and acceptance of one another. Projects might respond to (but are not limited to) integration issues across disability, race, gender, faith, ethnicity, geographical boundaries.
Reduce isolation and loneliness. Sport can be a great tool to engage socially isolated groups by creating an environment for them to build positive relationships with others, and this can give them a sense of purpose and belonging. Projects need to build their participants’ confidence and strengthen their connections in the community for further and long-term support. Projects may target (but are not limited to): newcomers to London; older and younger people; disabled people; Londoners with language barriers; people with mental-health problems.