What this funding is for
Now that they have reopened, we have an opportunity to make our leisure centres be more inclusive and welcoming to everyone. Oxford City Council is working with local leisure centre provider Fusion to support the Build Back Fairer agenda and encourage people to return to active lifestyles. This is particularly aimed at those who may not feel comfortable taking part in everyday activities at our leisure centres (Barton, Ferry, Leys and Oxford Ice Rink).
The Leisure for All grant is a pot of £10,000 and can provide up to 50% of the cost of projects that support people to move more and who don't normally use our leisure facilities. The other 50% can be paid for by a mixture of other grants, your own in-kind costs such as employee or volunteer time, or participant contributions.
Up to £1,000 is available per project to encourage people who live in Oxford to be active and move more, as a pathway to using our leisure centres and facilities. Successful projects could include costs for identification, outreach, promotion and support. Projects could also include subsidised activities. The Council and Fusion will consider applications that pay for all or part of an activity.
The fund will remain open until all funds have been allocated, or until 28 February 2022, whichever comes first.
Who this funding is aimed at
- Children and young people
- LGBTQIA+ community
- Older people and those with caring responsibilities
- People from ethnic minorities
- People with disabilities
- People with existing health conditions (including mental health)
- Socially disadvantaged communities
- Those with intersectionalities (e.g. in one or more of these groups)
The list above is not exclusive and we'll welcome applications that support any groups that have been affected by the pandemic.
How to apply
For this fund and many others we're now using The Good Exchange rather than traditional paper or online application forms. The benefits of using this platform include that you only need to register your organisation's details once and can be seen by many other potential funders. Then when you're ready to apply to a fund, tell us about your idea by creating a project page.
If you need any help using The Good Exchange, please visit their help and support page. We'd also welcome informal conversations about potential projects and would encourage you to email us at [email protected]gov.uk. For more ideas about how to approach grants and fundraising, take a look at our grants page.
Other local schemes supporting Covid recovery
If you have any questions about this scheme or need support with the application, please email us: [email protected]