The Inclusive Sport Fund has been set up by Sport England with the intention of producing a lasting community legacy from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, by growing sports participation by disabled people at grassroots level.
A total of £8 million of National Lottery Funding is available.
The Fund will invest in programmes designed to grow the number of disabled young people (age 14 and over) and adults that regularly play sport. Currently, only one in six disabled adults plays a sport regularly. Programmes should be innovative, scalable and replicable, and make it easier and more fun for disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity more often. In particular, Sport England will be looking for projects that provide:
Evidence of current insight into disabled people’s needs, expectations and motivations, as they relate to physical activity and sport. Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations such as sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations, local authorities, schools and colleges for revenue grants of £10,001 or more. Private companies may also apply if they can demonstrate that the project is for public good or a charitable purpose and there will be no financial gain.
Application forms will be available from 1 June 2012 with a deadline of 31 August 2012 for applications.
A series of workshops providing further information and support will be organised in June and July 2012.