CAMBRIDGE City Council is inviting local groups and fitness instructors to apply for £300 from the Community Kickstart Fund to help set up or run sports or fitness sessions for people in Cambridge.
Funded by Cambridgeshire County Council, and administered by Cambridge City Council, the £300 grants could be used to cover costs such as hiring a facility for an activity; paying a coach or instructor; or purchasing equipment.
Applications are welcome from local groups such as girl guiding/scout/cadet groups; youth clubs; organisations supporting older adults or disabled people; faith organisations or minority ethnic groups; or groups of local residents. Local sports coaches and instructors are also welcome to apply, to kick start a sports or exercise activity in their local area.
Applications are welcome at any time before the deadline at the end of March, but funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funding has been allocated.
Cllr Alex Collis, Executive Councillor for Open Spaces, Food Justice and Community Development, said: “We know there can be various barriers that stop some people from being able to use a gym, attend fitness classes or join a sports club – and that not doing so can have a detrimental impact on people’s physical and mental wellbeing.
“Funding local community groups and instructors to set up inclusive sports or fitness sessions is one way we can support people’s wellbeing. So, if you are part of a local group or you have an idea for where you could set up a new activity, please get in touch and we can help with your startup costs through the Community Kickstart Fund.”