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Winter Warm Hub Physical Activity Fund

Grants of up to £2,000 are available, the funds are available for those organisations who are currently known Warm Hubs and can incorporate and support communities to be active.

You are still eligible if you have already applied for other funds from Think Active and/or Sport England however, you must be able to demonstrate how your project is different to or builds upon any previous Think Active/Sport England funding you have received previously.

Please read the guidance below carefully before applying


The objective of the fund

The Winter Warm Hub Physical Activity Fund is available to local community Warm Hub organisations to enable people from our priority audiences (listed below) to be active by reducing the impact of the cost-of-living crisis or Covid-19 Pandemic.

Examples of what the funding can be used for;

  • Arrange for an instructor to deliver activities within the warm hub
  • Provide leaflets to those who come to the warm hub to do activities at home
  • Purchase a projector to stream online exercise sessions together on site
  • Equipment/resources for people who use the warm hub to be active, table tennis, indoor bowls etc
  • Training for someone from the warm hub to become qualified to deliver activities
  • Set up a sports equipment lending library within the warm hub, enabling individuals to loan sports equipment to take home.

If you want to discuss an idea or need help working out what you could offer, please get in touch with us. Please bare in mind the closing date for applications is Friday the 13th of January 2023.


Who can benefit from the fund

Designated warm hubs whose priority audiences encompasses people living in Coventry, Solihull and/or Warwickshire and should prioritise one or more of the following:

  • People with long term health conditions
  • Disabled People
  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • Culturally diverse communities

We are interested in working with other groups but will need to understand your needs and the details of the project.


How much will the award be

Grants of up to £2,000 are available.

You are still eligible if you have already applied for other funds from Think Active and/or Sport England however, you must be able to demonstrate how your project is different too or builds upon any previous Think Active/Sport England funding you have received previously.



When does the project need to be delivered

Projects are to be delivered from now up until end of September 2023.


Who can Apply

All designated Winter Warm Hubs can apply if you are a:

  • Formally constituted club, association, charity, or trust
  • Informal club or group without a constitution – you will be required to become constituted or identify another organisation who would be able to hold the funds on your behalf, before any funds can be awarded. Think Active (or one of your partners) can support you with this.
  • Registered Community Amateur Sports Club CASC
  • Registered Charity including Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
  • Education – school or college, curriculum time activity cannot be funded.
  • Local Authority – you will need to be able to demonstrate why the local authority is best placed to deliver the activity rather than a community organisation.
  • Limited company not for profit including a Community Interest Company (CIC) – Organisations should have three unrelated Board/Committee members and be non-for-profit and limited by guarantee, without share capital and without persons of significant control

We particularly welcome applications from community groups and organisations who work with the groups we are trying to target, even if you have never delivered a sport physical activity or exercise project before. We would be happy to help support you with your application.


What can the grant pay for

Any activities which encourage people to be active will be considered whilst visiting the Winter Warm Hub. This can range from traditional sports through to lower intensity exercise to suit your priority target group. We welcome new or innovative ideas which are based on the needs of your community.

Examples of the type of items the grant can be used to fund are as follows. This is not an exhaustive list and what we fund may vary depending on the organisation and project:

  • Equipment Hire / Purchase
  • Coaches Fees / Expenses
  • Hire of Facilities/ Energy costs
  • Promotion / Publicity
  • Staff Costs / Volunteer expenses
  • Transport / Travel
  • Insurance
  • Workforce qualification / training

What we can’t fund

We can’t fund the following:

• Capital works, football goals or cricket nets which can’t be moved easily

• Items which only benefit an individual

• Projects that take place or incur costs before the date of the offer letter. This includes any form of deposits and costs associated in submitting the application

• Projects involving travel to another country

• Sponsorship, endowments or loan repayments

• Activities promoting religious or political beliefs

• Activities for children aged under 5


What happens once you have applied

Someone from the team may be in touch to discuss your application with you, and ask for any additional information that may be required to process your application.

We will also gain feedback on your application from local partners for example your NGB or Local Authority.

The project will go to a Think Active panel for consideration.

The final decision on successful applications will made by Sport England.

We expect to be able to provide you with a response within 8 weeks.

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