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GBA Activate Fund


Get Berkshire Active (GBA) are managing the Activate fund on behalf of the Sports Council Trust Company (SCTC). The aim of the fund is to provide new physical activity and sport opportunities for inactive people living in deprived areas in Berkshire.

  • Organisations can apply for between £750 and £2000.
  • Applying organisations must have an income of less than £250,000.
  • We are proposing 2 application deadlines.

ROUND 1 - Opens 29.07.19 - Closes 16.09.19 - Announcements w/c 30.09.19

ROUND 2 - Opens 18.10.19 - Closes 29.11.19 - Announcements w/c 16.12.19

How to apply

Application forms can be completed electronically and emailed to cathy.carr@getberkshireactive.org by the deadline specified above.

Application forms can be posted to you if required.


  • To be eligible applying organisations must meet the following eligibility criteria:
    • "We operate on local/regional community initiatives and are not a national charity or organisation"
    • "We have a UK bank account in the name of the group"
    • "Our charitable/organisation aims are not solely for the advancement of religion"
  • The following organisations can apply:
    • Registered charities with the Charity Commission for England & Wales
    • Community Interest Companies (CICs)
    • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs, SCIOs)
    • Social enterprises
    • Other not-for-profit community organisations

Project expectations: what will be funded

  • The funding will cover new physical activity projects in Berkshire with the overall aim of getting more inactive people active. Ideally the funding will be used towards a new project, new target audience or new geographical area rather than supporting costs associated with an existing activity.
  • Projects must evidence how they expect to sustain delivery beyond the life of the funding.
  • Collaboration projects are welcomed.
  • Applications which will predominantly cover the costs of one-off events must provide details of how they intend to deliver a longer-term impact.
  • Projects must address making an improvement in one or more of the following Government outcomes:
  1. Mental wellbeing (e.g. reducing stress and anxiety or other mental health conditions)
  2. Physical wellbeing (e.g. reduces or helps manage symptoms associated with particular health conditions, reduces inactivity levels)
  3. Individual development (e.g. developing skills, improving self-esteem and confidence or educational attainment)
  4. Social and community development (building a sense of community, cohesion and social trust, reducing feelings of social isolation and loneliness, building skills within a community to benefit local residents)
  • Funding will be weighted towards projects located within an area of deprivation, but applications will be taken on a case by case basis if outside of these wards.

BRACKNELL - Wildridings & Central, Great Hollands, Crowthorne

RBWM - Clewer North, Belmont, Furze Platt

READING - Whitley, Church, Norcot

SLOUGH - Britwell, Eliman, Colnbrook

WEST BERKS - Greenham, Thatcham North, Calcot

WOKINGHAM - Wokingham Without Parish, Norreys, Loddon

  • In addition, projects must target one of these audiences;
  1. Women and girls
  2. People with disabilities
  3. Black and Minority Ethnic communities
  4. Older People
  • All projects will be allocated a GBA representative who may visit a session.
  • All applications will go through a panel review and final decisions will be made by the Sports Council Trust Company (SCTC).
  • If successful in securing funding the lead organisation will be required to sign a Service Level Agreement.

Funding details: what it can be used for, how it will be paid

  • Projects that can evidence partnership funding as cash will be favoured. In-kind funding is essential (this may include facilities, staff/volunteer time, marketing, any other resources that support the project).
  • The awarded funding can be used towards;
    • Marketing/Promotion
    • Coaching/Instructor/Leader/Staff costs
    • Facility Fees
    • Equipment and Training (to support sustainability)
  • The funding will be paid to the applying organisation in two instalments. 70% will be paid once the start date and venue has been confirmed and 30% once the monitoring data has been submitted.

Data Collection

  • The lead organisation will be required to collect, collate and submit participant data (forms will be provided). Submission deadlines will be agreed once funding is approved. We also require some qualitative monitoring; case studies, testimonials and videos where feasible.
  • The lead organisation must not pass any personal data onto any third-party (without permission from the individual) or use it for any other purpose. Personal data must be collected and processed in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR").

Insurance, Safeguarding and Equality

  • The lead organisation must have valid Public Liability Insurance and shall be liable for, and indemnify GBA against, any expense liability loss claim or proceedings whatsoever arising under statute or common law in respect of personal injury or damage whatsoever to any property real or personal insofar as such injury or damage arises out of or in the course of or by the carrying out the project.
  • The lead organisation will be required to demonstrate safeguarding policies and procedures in accordance with GBA's minimum operating standards.
  • GBA expects all lead organisations to demonstrate a commitment to equality and tackling discrimination in all its forms.

Support from GBA

  • GBA can support with advice, guidance and potential partnership brokering to add value to the project.
  • If successful, GBA can promote the project via its Social Media Platforms.
  • If successful, GBA can provide access to its online Activity Finder allowing the lead organisations to upload details regarding the project.
  • Where feasible we may visit a session to see it in action and take photos if appropriate.


Hopefully the above overview will answer most questions but if you require further guidance please don't hesitate to contact Cathy or Kirsty.

Cathy Carr

Cathy Carr

Healthy Communities Manager (Berkshire East)

01628 472851 / 07912 178652
Kirsty Heath

Kirsty Heath

Healthy Communities Manager (Berkshire West)

01628 472851

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