SASP Tackling Inequalities Fund

The Together Fund - Funding for Inequalities In Communities Affected by COVID-19

Phase 3 Funding Information

Phase 1 and Phase 2 represented the here and now, the immediate impact of COVID 19 and the consequential lockdown. As part of Phase 3, SASP has been awarded £50,000 to distribute to community groups and organisations across Somerset.

Our main target audience for this phase is those people with Long Term Health Conditions (LTHC). 1 in 4 people within Somerset live with a LTHC. During the COVID-19 pandemic, access to physical activity opportunities for people managing LTHC has been significantly reduced. Lockdowns and closure of venues have all contributed to fewer classes and groups taking place. With many of those individuals living with LTHC now having received both vaccinations, confidence for those shielding is returning. Many have suffered deconditioning or had limited movement for over 12 months.

Our Phase 3 plan will therefore focus on the following:

  • Supporting providers within the Somerset Exercise Referral scheme overseen by Public Health to ensure they have enough capacity in the community around GP Referral to deal with the numbers that could potentially be referred given the greater interest in social prescribing and community intervention we are seeing
  • Working closer with community organisations (including local support groups who provide essential peer support for people with LTHC), housing associations (who provide sheltered accommodation) and the VCSE sector who support those with LTHC within Somerset
  • We are also recognising a continued need to support those organisations that deliver physical opportunities within the under represented groups including LSEG, Disability and BAME areas within Somerset, especially as many transition from virtual to face to face activity

Phase 3 will run from July 2021 with projects needing to be complete by March 2022.

If you are interested in applying for Phase 3 funding, please complete the form below.

Please complete the Expression of Interest Form here

Background Information

SASP have received funding from Sport England to help keep people most affected during this pandemic physically active, or ready to get or resume activity. The Together Funding aims to support targeted groups across Somerset.

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. These groups are:

  • People from Lower Socio Economic Groups
  • Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Disabled People
  • People with Long Term Health Conditions

COVID-19 is likely to have a significant impact on their ability to be physically active which has the potential to further widen the health inequality gap that already exist with these groups. These groups have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic which can create a culture of fear, where people are choosing to stay indoors to keep safe. Additionally, there may also be a greater impact upon their financial status which is the single greatest determinant of activity levels.

Criteria for Funding

  • Be focused on one or more of the following target audience; Lower Socio-Economic Group, Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Communities, Disabled People or People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC).
  • Show how the funding will either help the club/community body to survive through the next 6 months and/or support their participants to remain active in the early recovery stages over the next 6 months.
  • Demonstrate a clear financial need for the funding sought.
  • Demonstrate the existing relationship the club/group have with the target audience and the extent of its reach into the target community.
  • Not be a duplicate application for funding already received from the Sport England Community Emergency Fund.
  • Be eligible to receive Sport England Lottery Funding.

Expressions of Interest will be reviewed within a 2 week period and you may be contacted to share more detailed information.

Eligibility for Funding

  • Sport England funding requires recipient bodies of small grants to have a recognised constitution in place.
  • We won't be able to fund:

a. Activities promoting religious or political beliefs.

b. Individuals.

c. Any private businesses or profit-making organisations unless they are a Social Enterprise or Community Interest Company.

Please watch this video to give you more information on what the funding can be used for.

Examples of Projects Funded So Far

Here are just a couple of examples of how we have distributed the funding to date,

People from Lower Socio Economic Groups

    • Providing safe environments for families to join in activity together. Many participants had been shielding, so projects helped to build their confidence to start going outside of their homes again. This proved to be a lifeline for parents and carers and children to connect with others outside of their families.
    • Purchasing equipment to maintain acceptable behaviour and focus energies into activity giving a sense of purpose for that day.

Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Communities

    • Supporting the return to physical activities for communities hiring facilities and supporting with coaching costs and equipment for sessions.

Disabled People

    • Purchasing sensory equipment for the development of gross and fine motor skills.
    • Supporting disability football to return ensuring sessions were covid-19 safe and so all members could train without the need to share equipment.

People with Long Term Health Conditions

    • Helping those shielding at home to engage with technology and keep in touch virtually with their community.
    • Love to Pedal virtual cycle scheme engaging care/residential homes to provide activity for their residents.
    • Re-engaging those with LTHC's to return to activity and the sourcing of appropriate instructors to ensure sessions were adapted for individuals who's fitness levels had reduced in lockdown.

For further information or to discuss any ideas and projects further, please email

Please complete the Expression of Interest Form here

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    Somerset CCG
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK