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What is the Together Fund?

An overview for organisations interested in the Together Fund.

Everything you need to know about the Together Fund

The Together Fund (formerly called the Tackling Inequalities Fund or “TIF”) is a fund from Sport England to reduce the negative impacts of Covid-19 and the cost of living crisis, and address any widening inequalities in participation rates in sport and physical activity.

Research from Sport England the arms-length body of government responsible for growing and developing grassroots sport shows that the following communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic:

  • Disabled People
  • People with Long-Term Health Conditions
  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • Culturally diverse communities

Some of their insight suggests that the pandemic may have a significant impact on the opportunities of these communities to be physically active. And of course, we know that existing gaps could widen further.

A group of Disabled people are pictured using adapted cycles
A group of Disabled people use adapted cycles to travel London

The additional funding meant that DanceSyndrome has been able to secure the future of the programmes to allow those who have turned to dance for mental and physical wellbeing during the pandemic to keep on doing so.

“We will carry on dancing whatever happens next” How Dancesyndrome is making the right moves towards equality

Who do we support?

Disability Rights UK (DR UK) is the leading national user-led pan-disability charity. We are Disabled people leading change. The Get Yourself Active team at DR UK has worked with Sport England for over six years now to achieve positive change in how we access physical activity.

As a National Partner of Sport England, we deliver award money from the Together Fund to Disabled People’s User Led Organisations (DPULOs) and local, community-based organisations.

At Get Yourself Active we know how important it is to reduce the inequalities in physical activity experienced by Disabled people and people with long-term health conditions.

We are keen to ensure that everyone can get active in a way that suits them. And we know how barriers to participation intersect with impairment, religion, race, gender identity, and class. We understand how important local and grassroots organisations are in redressing the imbalance.

We know that these are often run by the goodwill and dedication of local volunteers and the passion of committed community leaders. We want to support them with the Together Fund.

How can I tell if my project is eligible for inclusion within the Together Fund?

We are interested in ideas that show the value of co-produced approaches to tackling inactivity and that can demonstrate impact.

Generally speaking, if your project can answer yes to the following five questions, it should be suitable for inclusion (as long as all items of expenditure and the organisation are eligible):

  1. Will this investment impact upon at least one of the four priority audiences?
  2. Has the requirement arisen as a direct result of the community group or audience being adversely affected as a result of Covid-19, and the associated cost of living crisis?
  3. What issues does the funding help to resolve in improving access to take part in sport and physical activity for the target audience?
  4. Will this investment help a community group to recover and grow or continue to survive as a direct result of hardship?
  5. Is the project directly funding the provision of physical activity or if not, how will it support the delivery of physical activity in the immediate future?