Active Braintree Foundation Funding Criteria
Active Braintree Foundation (ABF) was established in 2018 and aims to bring together voluntary, public and commercial partners to collaborate on projects which enable Braintree residents to be more active.
ABF is now looking for organisations working with, or wishing to work with, people who are currently inactive or do low levels of physical activity i.e. less than 30 mins per week. The targeted groups are more likely to face barriers to becoming active and as such are under-represented in sport and physical activity. These include, but not restricted to:
- Women and girls
- People with disabilities or long term health conditions
- People suffering with mental health issues
- People aged 65+
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups
- People from lower socio economic groups
- Pre school age children including parent and child
- Primary and secondary schools
- Families – inter generational
If your organisation works with, or wishes to work with, people from any of the above groups, or others not mentioned, who are currently inactive or do low levels of physical activity, then ABF may be able to provide a small amount of funding towards starting or upscaling a sport or physical activity project for your target group(s). ABF is keen to support projects that are taken out into the community but this is not essential however, projects must include a plan to show sustainability for when the funding period ends.
About the fund
The purpose of the fund is to provide additional capacity to voluntary and community groups to support Braintree District’s inactive people and projects that help local people to engage with sport and/or physical activity.
We are focused on outcomes and welcome applications from organisations able to demonstrate the effective change the funding can offer to their chosen target group(s).
Applications will be considered by a panel which will include representatives from the voluntary and public sectors. The panel’s decision will be final.
The fund will be open to applications from 2nd September 2019 and will close on 25th October 2019. Decisions will be made asap following the closing date. Earlier decisions are possible if funding is urgent.
Bids will be accepted from individual voluntary groups and/or clusters of organisations (see full list of who can apply below). The panel is encouraging partnership working and a collaborative approach to reducing inactivity.
Match and/or in kind funding would be favourable but not essential as we are seeking projects that will make a difference.
Funding will be provided in two or more stages e.g. start-up costs and ongoing costs, once project is up and running – to be agreed with successful applicants.
Funding will be released upon receipt of a signed offer letter. Unless otherwise stated within the funding agreement, grants must be spent as per the details within the application.
Monitoring details will be agreed with successful applicants and returned within the agreed timetable.
The maximum grant award per project is up to £1000.
What we can fund:
Funding towards revenue costs e.g.
- Coaching, deliverer, leader costs
- Facility hire
- Marketing and publicity
- Education courses to upskill coaches, volunteers etc.
- New equipment for the new project
What we can’t fund:
- Capital costs (i.e. facility improvements)
- Replacement of equipment
- Projects that benefit an individual
- Salaries i.e. non coaching staff
- Fundraising events
- Projects in deficit
- Current projects that are already running unless they are being upscaled
- Projects for commercial gain
- Projects that take place or incur costs before the date of the offer letter including deposits and cost associated with submitting the application
- Contingency costs and VAT that you can recover
- Travel to another country
- Sponsorship, endowments or loan repayments
We are looking for projects that will:
- Strengthen community-based solutions to tacking inactivity
- Increase opportunities for those who are under-represented in participating in sport and physical activity
- Demonstrate participants engaging in a sport or physical activity of at least 30 minutes per week or more OR
- Show a progressive plan of taking inactive people up to 30 minutes per week
- Must hit one or more of the target groups set out above, or others not mentioned
- Must be Braintree based and targeted at Braintree residents
- Should not duplicate other projects in area
- Deliver the outcomes referred to above
- Must be realistic with targets that are achievable
- Will show evidence of need*
- Must show sustainability
*It is recognised that the evidence base around some areas may be limited however, applicants are encouraged to use the local, county and national data that is available to them e.g. www.essexinsight.org.uk or evidence-based publications.
Who can apply
The grant fund invites applications from a range of sporting, not for profit organisations and public sector partnerships such as:
- Registered voluntary and charitable organisations
- Community groups
- Tenants and residents groups
- District, parish and town councils
- Faith groups
- Housing associations (not for profit only)
- Sports organisations
- Private clubs (voluntary and charity only)
- Most co-operatives and social enterprises (provided profits are retained for the benefit of the members or community served)
- Community interest companies
- Not for profit trade associations
- Partnerships of community focussed organisations
Project monitoring and evaluation
Successful applications will be required to complete monitoring and evaluation information (details to be issued upon successful award of funds). This will include, but not restricted to, evidence of success achieved against the outcomes, lessons learnt, qualitative and quantitive data and the legacy of the project.
If you think you meet the criteria set out above then please apply by downloading the form below: