London Together - using sport to increase social integration
We are partnering with Comic Relief to launch the London Together Fund. This programme will invest in sports projects that bring people from different backgrounds together to strengthen local communities. This will help the Mayor achieve his ambition of making London the most active and socially integrated city in the world.
Sport is a powerful tool for social change and can be used to address a range of issues facing communities. It can support the development of essential life skills, deliver powerful messages, develop confidence and improve self-esteem. It’s a great way to bring people from different backgrounds together to strengthen community cohesion.
The London Together Fund project is matched funded by Comic Relief and totals £3,000,000. The fund will offer large grants, investing in initiatives that use sport to improve social integration across London. Grants of £25,000 to £150,000 to support projects that:
- reduce isolation and loneliness
- bring together people from different backgrounds to reduce prejudice, negative stereotyping and increase trust
- increase opportunities to support Londoners into work, employment and training
- provide opportunities for Londoners from all backgrounds to volunteer
Projects must identify reasons for low social integration including:
- high population turnover/migration/movement
- perceived lack of safety
- lack of trust between local groups
- race relations
Proposals should be submitted before midday on 16 May 2018.