Mayor of London’s Stronger Communities Fund

Funding for DDPO projects focused on sport and physical activity. Closing date Friday 25 September 2020.

The Mayor of London’s Community Sport Team has re-opened applications to its ‘Stronger Communities’ fund. You may have already been sent this information but I’m following up to encourage you to apply with any projects that include Deaf and Disabled people. The Mayor’s Sport Team recognises that this is a group being greatly affected by lockdown and are looking to fund projects that address these growing inequalities.

Grants are available between £2,000 and £10,000 for delivery taking place between November 2020 and February 2021.

Stronger Communities initially launch in July 2019, with 43 projects funded to date. Due to COVID-19, and enhanced government restrictions for the sport and physical activity sector, a decision was taken in March 2020 to stop accepting new applications. The remaining Stronger Communities funding will support projects that use sport and physical activity to address increased levels of loneliness and social isolation that have spiked during COVID-19 due to prolonged lockdown and social distancing measures.

Priority will be given to:

  • Projects that work with Londoners who have been disproportionately more at risk of loneliness and isolation during COVID-19. In addition to deaf and disabled people or those with long-term health conditions, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, LGBTQ+ Londoners, parents with young children, people on lower incomes, and those with limited access to digital technology and the internet also come under the scope of the funding;
  • those that already have strong connections in their communities and can reach and connect with people at high risk of loneliness and social isolation;
  • smaller organisations and individuals, who typically find it hard to access funding.

Applications will close at 17.00 Friday 25 September.

You can find out more about applying to the fund here, where you will find a lot of useful information including details of a series of useful Q&A sessions about the application process.