Sport England's Innovation Fund - Update!

Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 10:51

Sport England's Innovation Fund - Update!

The first thing to update on is that Sport England has extended the deadline to this fund by another week. The fund will now close 11:59am on Wednesday 1st of July.

The second thing to update is to highlight the sort of activities they are looking to fund. This fund is to support existing or adaptable solutions that solve specific COVID related challenges, therefore they are looking for products or solutions that are already worked up and ready to deliver positive impact within the next 6 months.

The fund is all about reducing inequalities. They want to hear about solutions that have been designed for one or more of the following groups:

  • women
  • people on low incomes
  • older adults
  • people from BAME backgrounds
  • disabled people or
  • people living with long-term health conditions.

They are particularly interested in supporting organisations that are new to them, that may never have heard of Sport England before, and may be in other industries.

They hope to learn about local levels of innovation – the things that Sport England might not naturally know about.

Innovation doesn't have to be complicated.  Even small, brilliant ideas can have a big impact on people's habits. Like when Google Maps added a feature that helps users find wheelchair accessible places at the push of a button. Innovation also doesn't have to always be technology-led. Some of the best ideas are local, simple and start with people at the heart.  Like the Library of Things in London, who are on a mission to make borrowing things better than buying them through a network of local volunteers.

They want to act now to ensure that inequalities in society for physical activity don't get worse. They believe that innovation can play a key role in helping people overcome these challenges so they can lead more active lives, and in turn help tackle the inequalities that exist within society.

This is a broad offer of support – not just money. They are offering to help these solutions by offering access to Sport England's connections, advice, research and insight or a small amount of funding.

Therefore, Sport England is keen to encourage organisations or individuals to be bold with their proposals.

Here are a couple of other key things to note about the fund:

  • The application form is light touch and easy to fill. The questions have been designed to enable organisations to give an overview of their solution, whilst demonstrating their connection to and understanding of their audience's needs and how it can be implemented within 6 months.
  • Sport England are not using rigid criteria but rather looking at the solution as a whole and how it addresses one of the challenges. The challenges are: changes in circumstances; mental health or digital exclusion.

For further information see the link below. They have also created a short YouTube video about the fund.

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