TIF- the story so far
The national Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) was launched in April 2020 in response to Covid-19, providing £20m of National Lottery funding through Sport England to support community groups across the country. Of that £20m Sport England has awarded Active Lincolnshire a total of £248,000 through three TIF grant awards to support people most impacted by Covid.
The purpose of the fund is to help local groups continue to exist and engage with people through physical activity, with a view to keeping them active and connected during the pandemic and to continue this good work as we emerge from lockdown and start down the road to recovery.
The fund has focused on the communities that have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19, to try and prevent the inequalities gap from widening and to minimise the impact on activity levels.
This target audiences the programme is seeking to support includes:
- Culturally diverse communities
- Those on low incomes
- People with long term health conditions
- People with disabilities
Sport England have produced this short film that tells the national story of TIF, how it is making a difference and what we have learnt. The film includes Amy Hodson, 24, from Lincolnshire.
Amy was motivated to leave her wheelchair for the first time in two years after taking part in a TIF step-challenge. Amy was born with Gillespie Syndrome, a very rare genetic condition, which affects the cerebella and the eyes. The condition causes difficulties with Amy’s balance and co-ordination, and so she uses a wheelchair to get about most of the time. The project, run by Voiceabilty inspired Amy to start walking with her frame again and she achieved 14,840 steps during the challenge.
The funding received by Active Lincolnshire has been distributed across the county, and primarily been granted to community and voluntary organisations. The programme has enabled Active Lincolnshire to work with these organisations to develop their understanding of the benefits of physical activity and support them to incorporate it into their work programmes. It has provided an enhanced understanding about the importance of being active and the wider benefits on physical and mental health and wellbeing, community cohesion and sense of belonging.
For Active Lincolnshire the fund has enabled us break down barriers (either perceived or real) and tackle the inequalities in access to and participation in physical activity that exist in our county. And above all, through working hand in hand with local organisations we have been able to support the incredible resilience of our communities.
Despite the challenges of the last 16 months, we’ve had seen a real impact as a result of the fund right across the county. Active Lincolnshire have supported 52 projects, distributed £240,000 of funding across projects in every district. Nine of the projects have had countywide reach and the total number of individuals positively impacted to date is 8,636.
The Tackling Inequalities Fund is intended to meet both immediate need and to support our community in the early recovery stages from Covid, up until December 2022. If your organisation or group have a project that would help underrepresented groups to be more active please get in touch with Ian Brown.
To read more about the Tackling Inequalities Fund click here.