Funding: Active Communities 2017

Active Communities was set up in response to a shared aim and commitment of The London Community Foundation and Sport England to increase participation in sport and activity across communities in London and to support more inactive people to become active.

Activity can be formal or informal, organised or open access, competitive or non- competitive, as long as the overall outcome is encouraging and increasing participation.

This first round of funding has been restricted to 5 priority boroughs where we have seen a more acute need with significantly lower levels of activity. You can apply for a grant to deliver activity ONLY in one or more of the following London Boroughs:

  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Brent
  • Greenwich
  • Lewisham
  • Newham

Applications for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 can be made via the online form until the programme closes on Monday 25th September at midday.


We are keen to encourage activity within communities and to support a diverse range of organisations, not just the more traditional sports groups.

In addition to meeting the main Programme Aim of getting more inactive people active, we also want to support groups who harness sport and physical activity as a way to connect with their communities; to engage and inspire those facing disadvantage, to reconnect people with society and to provide hope of turning lives around. In addition to getting inactive people active, we will prioritise projects that also address any of the following Programme Goals;

• Reduce isolation

• Encourage greater social cohesion

• Contribute towards crime prevention

• Provide physical activities for lower income families

To apply for a grant

Please first read the Fund Guidelines to make sure your project is eligible.

To make your application, you can access the online form here.

A copy of the Application Form Help Notes is available here (this is also available via the online form).

Along with your application form, you will need to complete and submit an income and expenditure forecast for the year ahead for your organisation. A template is available here.

If you have any questions please contact the team on 0207 582 5117 or

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