Would your organisation like to introduce more physical activity into the lives of the older adults you support but lacking the funds to do so? If so please read on! 

As part of the Herts Sports Partnership's ongoing contribution to the Live Longer Better in Hertfordshire movement, they have funded the costs of a specialist sport and physical activity funding bid writer, to produce a number of funding applications for organisations in the wider network. That means you can have a professionally written bid at absolutely no cost to your organisation (because HSP have already paid for it!).  

The bids will target improved use of physical activity for our older adult populations across the county and will be written by Richard Sutcliffe from Funding4Sport who comes with years of experience and notable success. Richard knows just how to write these bids to give the greatest chance of success so your project will be in very good hands.

Further details are below:  

Where will the funding come from?

It is most likely that the project funding will be sought through the National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All, however, other sources may be possible if this is not suitable (e.g. Sport England Small Grants Programme). You do not need to know the specifics at this stage as everything can be discussed further as things progress, however, before contacting us please ensure that the criteria below are met.
Please note - if you have received an Awards for All grant in the past 12 months then you will not be able to apply for another grant until 12 months have past.

Who can apply?

Your organisations can apply for the funding if you are established as any of the following: 

  • voluntary and community organisation constituted group or club
  • registered charity
  • charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • not-for-profit company
  • community interest company (CIC)
  • school (as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school)
  • statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish and community council)
  • community benefit society

Please note, awarding organisations expect applying organisations to have an up-to-date safeguarding policy. Please ensure you can evidence this before using the bid-writing service. 

What kind of projects can be funded?

In order to qualify for the free service, we would like your project to:

  • seek to benefit the over 50's population, using physical activity to achieve positive outcomes and bring them together as a community (either face to face or online)
  • require no more than £20,000 external funding (this can be added to other funding for larger projects)
  • projects must be delivered within 12 months of the award agreement

What can the funding be used for?

The funding can be used to cover running costs, venue hire, equipment, events, staffing, training, transport, utilities, volunteer expenses, marketing and promotion. It cannot be used for alcohol, contingency costs, profit making or fundraising activity, VAT that can be claimed back, religious activity (although religious organisations can be funded if the project can benefit the wider community).

How much can we apply for?

For the National Lottery Awards for all, up to £20,000 can be applied for, however our preference would be towards the upper end of this scale in order to gain the most benefit from the service and leverage more funding into the county. If you have a proposal for a smaller project please do still get in touch and there may be more suitable pots of funding that we can signpost towards.

More information about the National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All can be found here: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/national-lottery-awards-for-all-england 

If you would like to learn more about the funding from Sport England's Small Grants programme, (which can fund up to £15,000) you can find all the information here: https://www.sportengland.org/funds-and-campaigns/our-funds/small-grants-programme 

Next steps

Please note, to make use of this funding offer, a Service Level Agreement will need to be completed and adhere to the fundamentals of the Revolution which include:

  • Completing the online training to become a Live Longer Better in Hertfordshire Champion (at least 1 person connected to the bid)
  • That all funded opportunities appear on the Moving More Activity finder here: https://www.movingmore.co.uk/
  • A case study is submitted 9-12 months after the award of funding, this could include details on attendance, perceived benefits of the project, customer feedback, photographs or videos from the project and any future sustainability plans.
  • Any marketing associated with the project to include Live Longer Better in Hertfordshire branding. 

Complete the Service Level Agreement Below

If you have an idea and would like to see if it's suitable for this opportunity, please also complete the online form below and one of our team will be in touch to discuss your idea further.