London Together is a £3 million Sport Unites partnership financed equally by the Mayor of London and Comic Relief.
The London Together fund invests in sport for change projects that aim to improve social integration in London. This is in line with the Mayor of London’s ambition to make London the most active and socially integrated city in the world and is part of the Mayor’s Sport Unites programme.
In a diverse and global city like London, social integration is critical to the quality of life, success and safety of Londoners. Sport has the power to address a wide range of social challenges in the city such as improving employability, tackling mental health, and helping to divert young people away from crime.
In the current climate, society can often feel divided, but sport has the unique power to unite Londoners through shared experiences.
There will be three rounds of London Together funding. Funding will be awarded for projects of a minimum £25,000 and maximum £150,000 that will take 1 to 2 years to complete.
Applications for round two have now closed.
What do you mean by social integration?
The Mayor defines ‘social integration’ as the extent to which people positively interact and connect with others who are different to themselves. It is determined by the level of equality between people, the nature of their relationships, and their degree of participation in the communities in which they live.
Improving social integration means helping Londoners from different communities to build meaningful and lasting relationships with each other, as well as bringing those Londoners who feel isolated or lonely into their community. This involves supporting Londoners to be active members of their communities and to play a part in the decisions that affect them. It also means reducing barriers and inequalities, so that Londoners can relate to each other as equals.
Comic Relief defines Sport for Change as bringing about positive social change for individuals and communities through the intentional use of sport and physical activity. Proposals to this initiative will need to evidence social outcomes and not just focus on increasing participation in sport.
Sport is a powerful tool for social change and can be used to address a range of issues facing communities. Sport brings people together across culture, language, gender and social class. It can break down barriers and tackles prejudices and misconceptions. Due to its popularity and universality, sport is also uniquely placed to reach socially isolated and hard-to-reach groups. Often these are indirect outcomes of sport, but the Mayor wants to make these outcomes the explicit aim of sports projects under the London Together fund.
What types of projects will you fund?
We are looking to invest in projects that will improve social integration in London. All proposals must use sport as a tool for change in their approach.
In your application, you should demonstrate a good understanding of the context of the location(s) where the work will take place. We would like you to tell us the reason(s) why there is low social mixing and/or isolated groups within your community and explain how your project activities will respond to this, leading to positive change in individuals and the wider community.
You must work towards and clearly demonstrate how project activities will lead to at least one of the following outcomes:
- Increase opportunities to regularly bring people together from different backgrounds to reduce prejudice, negative stereotyping and increase trust between people and communities
- Reduce isolation and loneliness
We recognise that some projects might address both above outcomes, and some might focus on one. We also recognise that projects addressing the above areas might have additional outcomes, such as: increasing opportunities to support people into work, employment and training; increasing opportunities for people to volunteer in their communities for people from all backgrounds; and increasing mental wellbeing.
Who can apply?
- Proposals can be made by single applicants, or by organisations working in partnership
- Organisations can only submit one proposal as the lead organisation (though they can be named as partners on any number of applications)
- The applicant must also not have an annual income of more than £10 million
- There is no lower income limit for this fund but funding requests must be relative to income. Comic Relief aims to fund no more than 40% of an organisation's current annual income. The limit applies to the overall funding amount for your organisation and includes any funding distributed to partners
- Projects who currently hold London Together funding are unable to apply to this round