Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire

Tackling Inequalities Fund Guidance Notes

*Tackling Inequalities Applications will be OPEN from the 11th Sept 2020. Closing date for all applications is the 4th October 2020*


  • Think Active are looking for organisations to apply for funds which can support and encourage priority audiences to be active.
  • Applications  should clearly demonstrate how this project will support the adverse effects of Covid-19 and how it will specifically support our priority audience.
  • All applicants should receive a decision by the w/c the 31st October 2o20”
  • Grant requests can range from £200 to £3000.
  • To apply please complete the application
  • To view the questions before completing the survey click here: TIF Application Questions
  • The application deadline is 4th October 2020
  • Please read these guidance notes carefully before applying, including the section on what can and cant be funded.


Through Sport England, from the National Lottery, Think Active have been provided with ‘Tackling Inequalities funding’ to invest across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and the widening of the inequalities in sportphysical activity and exercise. 

Data from the Sport England commissioned Physical Activity attitudes and behaviours survey during COVID-19 is highlighting widening gaps in the activity levels across existing priority audiences and in particular the following groups:   

  • Lower Socio-Economic Groups 
  • Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities, 
  • Disabled People  
  • People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC). 


Funding Priorities 

We want to support organisations and projects that help enable the following groups be active:  

  • Lower Socio-Economic Groups 
  • Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities, 
  • Disabled People  
  • People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC). 

In particular, we would welcome projects which use sport, physical activity and exercise to address the following challenges which have been identified as being key within Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire: 

  • Young Peoples Mental Health, particularly during the summer holidays and for those young people who are/have been shielding
    *To see how the Mental Health of children and young people has been affected by Covid-19, here is an infographic from Kooth. CYP and Mental Health during Covid
  • People who are unable to access online physical activity opportunities due to lack of access or confidence 
  • Supporting people who are nervous or anxious to return to or start activity within their community as a result of shielding 
  • People recovering from Covid-19 who would benefit from being more active to help their recovery 
  • Projects which target people living in communities within Nuneaton and Bedworth, North Solihull, North Warwickshire and Coventry. 

The people taking part can be of any age but must live in Coventry, Solihull or Warwickshire. 



Funds need to be spent by the end of March 2021.


The funding range for applications is between £200 – £3000.   

Please only apply for the funding that you really need to deliver your project as it will allow for our funding to benefit more people in need. 


Who can Apply? 

 Your organisation can apply if you are: 

  • A not-for-profit voluntary or community club or organisation 
  • A registered charity 
  • A not for profit company or community interest company or other social enterprise 
  • A statutory body 

We particularly welcome applications from community groups and organisations who work with the groups we are trying to target, even if you have never delivered a sport physical activity or exercise project before. 


What can the grant pay for? 

 Any activities which encourage people to be active will be considered, this can range from traditional sports through to lower intensity exercise, walking, dance and gardening.  We are interested in both innovative ideas or what has previously worked well with the target audiences. 

Examples of the type of items the grant can be used to fund are as follows.  This is not an exhaustive list and what we fund may vary depending on the organisation and project:

  • Equipment
  • Live streaming platform licences 
  • Instructor/coach/deliverer costs 
  • Training costs 
  • Transport costs 
  • Volunteer costs or expenses 
  • Venue Hire 
  • PPE/additional cleaning costs

Projects must be able to demonstrate that items to be funded are required as a result of a need which has arisen as a  direct result of Covid-19.

 If you have other ideas which aren’t included on this list, please get in touch to see if it is something we will consider:

It is important that any idea is formed in accordance with the latest Government Social Distancing guidelines.  Links to the latest guidance and other useful information and resources are available on the Sport England Return to Play web page, available here

How to Apply 

Please complete the application form available on the following link

 Because this funding is to be allocated for use immediately or in the very near future, we have tried to make the application process as straight forward as possible.   

 Please answer the application form as best you can with the information you have easily to hand.   We can always get back to you if we require more information. 


After you’ve applied 

You should have a decision by the w/c 31st October. If we do need more information we will contact you.


If you’re successful 

If you’re successful, you’ll receive an award agreement that states the purpose of the award and contains our terms and conditions.  

It will also let you know want you need to do to accept and claim your award.  

Your grant is intended specifically for the project you’ve applied for, and any proposed changes should be discussed with us in advance. 

You should also keep all receipts and evidence of expenditure. Payments for goods and services for the project should be made directly from the organisation’s bank account (i.e. not by cash) as we may request bank statements to verify claims for payment. 

You will be asked to let us know how you got on with your project by keeping a record of the number of people who benefited and by submitting a case study at the end of the project. 


What we can’t fund 

We can’t fund the following: 

  • Items which only benefit an individual 
  • Existing salaries 
  • The continuation of a project or a project that has taken place before 
  • Projects that take place or incur costs before the date of the offer letter. This includes any form of deposits and costs associated in submitting the application 
  • Contingency costs and VAT you can recover 
  • Projects involving travel to another country 
  • Sponsorship, endowments or loan repayments 
  • Utilities/running costs 
  • Overseas travel 
  • Political or lobbying activities. 


Who we can’t accept applications from? 

There are a number of entities we won’t be able to fund: 

  • Individuals 
  • Sole traders 
  • Organisations not established in the UK 
  • Organisations applying on behalf of another 
  • Companies that can pass on profits generated from this funding to directors, members or shareholders. 

Additional Support 

If you want any support with completing the application or you would like to discuss your idea then please contact either or 07885200524

For advice and guidance on delivering sport, physical activity and exercise during Covid-19, please see the resources on the Think Active website available here

For the latest research into how the coronavirus crisis has affected people’s activity levels and attitudes towards exercise, visit the Sport England website here  

Other resources that you may find helpful in developing your idea: 

Sport England Return to Play Resources

Activity Alliance Resources
Activity Alliance – Reopening Activity: An Inclusive Response
StreetGames Coronavirus Report Exec Summary and Full Report
StreetGames Youth Voice Research
Sport for All Insight
CYP and Mental Health during Covid-19
Sport England- Children’s experience of physical activity





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