The fund is provided by Active Essex and Essex County Council, and supported by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Thurrock Council, to respond to the immediate challenges of engaging people who have become less physically active due to the pandemic. Any organisation from Essex can apply. The money can be used to start up new activities or increasing the numbers attending existing activities.
Please note that grants over £3,000 will be an exception. Most of the grants will be for projects that can start quickly, requiring money for coaches, instructors, venue hire, equipment, and promotion. We cannot fund major capital projects such as facilities, floodlighting, gyms, or multi-use games areas. We can fund equipment which will be used to enable deconditioned people to become active.
The fund is for organisations who are willing and able to take immediate action to reach people who have become less physically active since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. All activities will need to be completed by March 31st, 2022 or earlier. Applications that are focused on the key funding priorities below are more likely to receive an award.