Sports Council’s Volunteering in an Active Nation funding

To complement their strategy there are two new funds to support volunteering.

The Opportunity Fund will invest £3 million in projects that create volunteering opportunities for black, Asian and minority ethnic people, women and disabled people, reaching into communities where there is higher unemployment and crime, lower education and poorer health.

People living in these communities are among the most under-represented groups in volunteering, but potentially have the most to gain.

They’re aiming to award at least 50% of the fund to projects run by partners that are new to them, so they can truly reach non-traditional groups.

The Potentials Fund will unleash the promise of young people.

The Sports Council are working with the #iwill campaign, investing up to £3m in projects which benefit 10 to 20-year-olds and their communities.

More than two-thirds of this age group say they want to do more social action in the next 12 months, and many of them love sport and physical activity, so it’s a huge opportunity.

Both of these funds will launch in January, with the application windows opening in February.

They’ve also invested £3m in Club Matters to ensure club administrators get the help they need, with further improvements planned.

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