£5 million in grant funding available to get more people active

The London Marathon Charitable Trust has announced £5 million of grant funding is available to buy, build or renovate facilities for physical activity in London and Surrey in the next year (up to 30 September 2019).

The £5 million will go to projects that provide accessible and sustainable facilities which encourage and support more people to become and remain active.

Organisations can apply for Small Grants of £5,000 to £20,000 and for Major Grants of £20,001 to £150,000.

When Chris Brasher and John Disley created the London Marathon in 1981, one of their founding aims was to raise money for sport and recreational facilities. Accordingly, they set up The London Marathon Charitable Trust (The Trust) to ensure that the surplus from the London Marathon - and future events - could be gifted to The Trust in perpetuity.

Since its founding, The Trust has been an extraordinary force for good that has inspired millions of people to participate in physical activity and has awarded grants totalling more than £75 million to 1,300+ projects.

Sir Rodney Walker, Chair of The Trust, said: “We are in the midst of a physical inactivity and obesity crisis with the long-term health and wellbeing of the population at serious risk due to the prevalence of sedentary lifestyles.

“The Trust’s programme in 2018-19 aims to help tackle this crisis by providing grants to organisations that demonstrate a real commitment to engaging and supporting the whole community to be more active, more often. We encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible for funding to please get in touch.”

The next deadlines for applying for funding from The Trust are:

  • Small Grants (£5,000-£20,000) – Wednesday 16 January 2019
  • Major Grants (£20,001-£150,000) – Stage 1: Wednesday 16 January 2019

In 2017-18, The London Marathon Charitable Trust saw the completion of several projects that have positively impacted on communities in London and Surrey, including:

  • Marlborough Sports Garden in Southwark: A free public sports ground for families opened in central London’s Southwark, after a £145,000 grant from The Trust. The site was officially launched in May 2018 by former Team GB Olympic diver and local resident, Tom Daley. A Bankside Open Spaces Trust project, this revitalised sports ground now provides a safe environment in the middle of the city where parents can let their children run free and be active.
  • Cycle Surrey Hills off-road trails: An extensive 80km network of off-road cycling trails in South West Surrey was opened in June 2018, after a £19,000 grant by The Trust. Funding for this regeneration project allowed Surrey County Council to add a new system of signs, route markers and network maps that makes it easier for riders to access and navigate these trails and experience the spectacular scenery of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).