London Marathon Charitable Trust opens for applications
The London Marathon Charitable Trust is open for a second year of applications supporting projects that get people physically active and into sports across South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale.
Facilitated and managed by Northamptonshire Community Foundation working in partnership with Heart of Bucks Community Foundation, Northamptonshire Sport, LEAP and other local partners, the fund provides grants to organisations across South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale District Council areas, focusing on projects that deliver the greatest possible impact for those who are less likely to be active and to build on the great work of projects already making sports accessible for all.
Funding last year was awarded to a range of projects, including exercise therapy for people with multiple sclerosis, tennis for people with disabilities, the development of a girls football team, gardening sessions for disadvantaged people and a sport street outreach programme to encourage young people to make healthy lifestyle choices.
Eleanor Grant, Grants Officer at the London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “The London Marathon Charitable Trust’s vision is a society in which everyone is physically active, contributing to their health and wellbeing. Working in partnership with Northamptonshire Community Foundation and the Heart of Bucks Community Foundation, the two-year legacy grant is enabling more people across the South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale areas to become and remain physically active regardless of age, gender, ability, race or background.
In 2019, £112,500 was awarded to support a variety of projects from across the area, providing opportunities to inspire less physically active groups to engage and participate in physical activity.”
The grant awards, which are up to a maximum of £20,000, can cover capital and revenue projects which are either new proposals or based on continuing and building on the good work a group is already doing.
Rachel McGrath, Deputy CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: “Northamptonshire Community Foundation is delighted to be supporting the delivery of this fund in its second and final year across South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale; we are already starting to receive evidence of the impact of funded projects in year one and how local charities and organisations can really transform people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life by making sports and physical activity more accessible to people who may experience barriers to getting active thereby effectively tackling inequality of access to physical activity.”