The London Marathon Charitable Trust has made £7.8m of grant funding available to help people become and remain physically active.
The funds, which the trust says are intended to help deliver its vision of inspiring activity in 2020 among people regardless of their age, gender, ability, race or background, will be split across two grant programmes.
The trust’s facilities grants programme will have £5.2m to fund the building, renovation or modernisation of facilities in London and Surrey, where the charity’s subsidiary, London Marathon Events, operates.
Small grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available, as well as major grants of between £50,000 and £250,000. The deadline for applications is 11 March.
The remaining £2.6m will be allocated to strategic partnership grants that will support the trust to work proactively with organisations on projects that challenge inequality of access to physical activity.
Sarah Ridley, chief grants officer at the trust, said: “While we know the physical and mental health benefits of participating in physical activity, sadly not enough of us are as active as we should be according to the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines.
“We recognise the barriers to engaging in physical activity that some of us face, including cost, availability of facilities and time constraints.
"As a funder, and in the inclusive and celebratory spirit of the Virgin Money London Marathon, we want to do as much as we can to help overcome these barriers and share the benefits of physical activity as widely as possible.”
The charity said the strategic partnership grants, which are by invitation only, were intended to “deliver the greatest possible impact” for groups including children and young people, people from BAME communities and lower socio-economic backgrounds, and older people.
The trust will announce the recipients of the strategic grants in the coming months.
Rodney Walker, chair of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “Over the next year we look forward to funding more inspiring projects that provide even more people with the opportunity to become and remain physically active.”