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.

Please read the guidance below before completing an application. Contact details are at the bottom of this page if you have any questions before proceeding with an application.

The application window for round 3 of this fund will be opening June 8th and closing 5pm July 3rd.

How to apply

Application forms must be completed electronically and emailed to by the deadline specified above.


  • 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 physical activity projects in Berkshire with the overall aim of getting more inactive people active.
  • Given current COVID-19 restrictions we welcome applications that cover virtual/online delivery.
  • Projects must evidence how they expect to sustain delivery beyond the life of the funding and/or outline how the project might transition out of virtual/remote delivery once restrictions are lifted.
  • Collaboration projects are welcomed.
  • 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 that target one or more of these audiences;
  1. Low Socio-Economic Groups
  2. Women and girls
  3. People with disabilities or long term health conditions
  4. Black and Minority Ethnic communities
  5. Older People
  • 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: how much, what it can be used for, how it will be paid

  • Organisations can apply for up to £2000.
  • 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 or equivalent fees related to virtual/online delivery
    • 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.
  • GBA will remain in contact with project leads to gain regular updates.


Cathy Carr

Cathy Carr

Healthy Communities Manager (Berkshire East)

07912 178652
Kirsty Heath

Kirsty Heath

Healthy Communities Manager (Berkshire West)

07394 564540

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