Grants aim to increase sport participation

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A council grant designed to increase participation in sport across the district has opened for applications.

The Active Sports Grant, which is available to not-for-profit organisations working in the voluntary and sports sectors, can be used to help kick off a new sports initiative or to buy much-needed sporting equipment. A total of £10,000 is available.

The one-off fund will award grants of between £500 and £1,500 to organisations that meet the objectives of the council’s corporate plan. These include promoting good health, supporting and protecting communities and inspiring local people through a wide range of activities and opportunities.

Chairman of the council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “Encouraging local people to lead a healthy and active lifestyle is a major part of our corporate plan and the Active Sports Grant really helps to support that.

“The funding is a great opportunity for not-for-profit organisations to push forward with new sporting initiatives that without the cash, they may not be able to do.

“We look forward to seeing the applications that deliver inspiring and challenging sporting activities to local people.”

The council currently supports local voluntary, cultural and sports organisations with £1.4 million every year, through a combination of grants, rent concessions and development support.

You can find out more and apply for an Active Sport Grant online.

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