New Get Telford Active fund bombarded with bids

Almost 50 sporting clubs and community groups who organise and promote a range of physical activity in the borough have applied for the first Get Active Telford grants.

This fund, bidding for which closed last month, is at least three times oversubscribed with applications submitted worth almost £155,000 which taken together would involve more than 12,000 people in the borough.

The Council’s new Get Active Telford fund makes grants of up to £5,000 available to groups and organisations to support their ideas to help encourage more people to be even more active and improve people’s health and wellbeing

The one-off award aims to create community-led activities to help more people, typically those who aren’t involved in a particular sport or regular activity, to have a go in  “mass participation” events.

Bidders will hear in the next two weeks if they are successful and some of the activities could to start in the next few months.

The one off fund is part of the legacy of the Telford 50 celebrations, one of the themes of which was encouraging people in the borough to be more active and getting thousands more residents involved in some form of regular sport or physical activity. 

Funding for local groups and organisations will support activities that build people’s confidence, increase opportunities to participate in regular activity or inspire somebody to have a go.

Councillor Rae Evans, cabinet member for partnerships, said: “The response to Get Active Telford has been fantastic and we’ve received some great ideas and very strong bids.

“Thank you to everyone who has applied. We are closely evaluating these but the fund’s popularity inevitably means not every bid can be successful. Wherever possible we will be helping unsuccessful applicants towards other sources of income to help their ideas come to life.

“I am sure that we can look forward to some fabulous opportunities for people to get involved in a huge range of different activities that will help people here get even more active.”

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