London Marathon Charitable Trust opens £5m fund to boost physical activity

Grants of up to £150k are available in the next year to help organisations create or renovate facilities that support people to become less sedentary

Cycle Surrey Hills: recipient of grant
Cycle Surrey Hills: recipient of grant

The London Marathon Charitable Trust has opened a £5m fund for projects that will support physical activity.

The grant-maker said today that grants of up to £150,000 were available over the next year to help organisations buy, build or renovate facilities in London and Surrey that would encourage and support people to become and remain active.

Awards of between £5,000 and £20,000 will be made under the small grants part of the scheme, and grants of between £20,001 and £150,000 will be given out through the major grants part of the programme.

Applications must be received by 16 January.

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 because of 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 might be eligible for funding to please get in touch."

Examples of schemes already funded by the LMCT include the Marlborough Sports Garden in Southwark, south London, which was given a £145,000 grant by the trust, and the Cycle Surrey Hills off-road trails, which received £19,000.

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