Active Communities

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Active Communities was set up in response to a shared aim and commitment of The London Community Foundation and Sport England to increase participation in sport and activity across communities in London and to support more inactive people to become active.


Activity can be formal or informal, organised or open access, competitive or non- competitive, as long as the overall outcome is encouraging and increasing participation.

This first round of funding has been restricted to five priority boroughs where we have seen a more acute need with significantly lower levels of activity. You can apply for a grant to deliver activity ONLY in one or more of the following London Boroughs:

  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Brent
  • Greenwich
  • Lewisham
  • Newham


We are keen to encourage activity within communities and to support a diverse range of organisations, not just the more traditional sports groups.

In addition to meeting the main Programme Aim of getting more inactive people active, we also want to support groups who harness sport and physical activity as a way to connect with their communities; to engage and inspire those facing disadvantage, to reconnect people with society and to provide hope of turning lives around. In addition to getting inactive people active, we will prioritise projects that also address any of the following programme goals:

• Reduce isolation

• Encourage greater social cohesion

• Contribute towards crime prevention

• Provide physical activities for lower income families

Grant size

Organisations can apply for a grant between £1,000 and £10,000.

How to apply

This fund is currently closed for applications. If you’d like to understand more about the fund please take a look at the guidelines for the last funding round by clicking on the buttons below or at the top right hand side of the screen. The online application form guidelines are there to help you when the fund reopens.  


This fund is currently closed.

Contact details

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any element of the fund or your application, please contact us on 020 7582 5117 or at