The Sport England Together Fund (previously the Tackling Inequalities Fund) exists to help support the communities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in terms of their opportunities to be physically active.
There were four key audiences for the funding:
Since its launch, the Together Fund has enabled community groups to continue to exist and engage with their communities, supporting people to be engaged and active.
Every phase of the Together Fund has enabled us to build new relationship with local organisations within Greater Manchester and strengthen existing relations between us and our communities.
In Phase 1 and 2 was an initial response to the pandemic and ran throughout 2022. We invested just short of £300,000 to support 62 projects across Greater Manchester in this phase.
The third phase (2021) saw nearly £170,000 worth of additional funds reach 80% of Greater Manchester boroughs, engaging with new and diverse audiences.
To read more about the different projects that were funded please download our Phase 3 Report located on the right-hand side of this page.
The Together Fund has enabled community groups to continue to exist and engage with their communities, supporting people to be active:
Additional £75k for final phase, this will include more funds for projects and some funding to work on resilience support for projects we have funded.
The grant aimed to increase physical activity, promote inclusion, and diversify local provision. The TF fostered new connections, emphasised local knowledge, and empowered communities. It also facilitated training for smaller organisations and supported community cohesion.
Facilitating a panel of local champions in decision making enables the fund to connect to priority audiences effectively and advocated their needs in the grant process. The panel enable a frequent, in depth, and useful communication network with community groups which increased the richness of applications leading to more awards being granted. The approach demonstrated the importance of local engagement and addressing wider outcomes of physical activity.
Below are just a small selection of some of the successful projects which we have funded with Together Fund investment from Sport England.
Ahead of phase 3 of investment, GM Moving (then GreaterSport) established a GM Moving Equalities panel to specify the need and the process within Greater Manchester for the phase, followed by decision making for the grants which went to community groups and organisations.
This was a fantastic opportunity to collectively ensure we successfully distributed the fund, tested new approaches, and learned from the start to inform future phases. We recognised that the trusted relationships and networks of the panel members and their ability to connect to the priority audiences.
GreaterSport visited the Pakeeza Women’s Group in Rochdale to see how they are making a difference in their community through physical activity and movement.
Sport England's Together fund is supporting local refugees and asylum seekers access physical activity to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
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