Sport England’s Volunteering Investment Guide
Sport England have launched their new Volunteering Investment Guide.
The new Sport England strategy for volunteering, Volunteering in an Active Nation, sets out plans to allow more people to engage in all types of volunteering through sport and physical activity.
To help achieve this, Sport England have launched two new funds that aim to create exciting new volunteering and social action opportunities.
The Opportunity Fund aims to get people from in economically disadvantaged communities to volunteer.
We want to invest in projects that benefit people facing disadvantage as a result of the community they live in – and that allow them to make a positive contribution to those communities. These could range from inner-city areas with high levels of crime and social exclusion to remote rural areas with few services.
Sport England want to create opportunities that get people helping others from an early age. Many of those who take part in social action regularly started when they were as young as 10.
Sport attracts many young people and can provide a springboard to social action. Just over half of young people prefer sport to any other volunteering pastimes.
Sport England are keen to test bold new approaches with their Potentials Fund to get young people involved in social action that includes sport and physical activity – especially those who might not have been involved in sport before.
Applying for Funding
Applying to either the Opportunity or Potentials funds involves a two-stage selection process.
The first stage will be an expression of interest, and the deadline is 12pm on the 24th April 2017.
Should you be submitting an expression of interest and wish to discuss this, please feel free to contact Anthony Statham on 01273 644149 or Sid Fletcher on 01273 643838.
The second stage will see shortlisted applicants invited to submit a full application by the deadline of June 2017.
Details of the new funds can be found here - volunteering investment guide