The Legacy 14 Sporting Equality Fund is open for applications

Applications are now being sought for Sporting Equality Fund for projects that target women and girls who are currently not participating in physical activity, and want to become more active.

Spirit of 2012 is delighted to be working with the Scottish Government to offer funding that will increase the number of women and girls in Scotland who participate in sport and physical activity. The Fund will support no fewer than 12 projects targeting women and girls who want to become more active through sport. 

Our preference will be for applications from women’s community-based organisations in partnership with a local or national sports-based organisation (including dance or other association whose primary purpose is to encourage physical activity).

We will ask projects to report on 4 outcomes that are core to the Sporting Equality Fund:

  1. More women and girls participate in sport and physical activity
  2. People’s personal wellbeing increases through participation (in sport and physical activity)
  3.  We encourage and enable the inactive to be more active
  4. We encourage and enable the inactive to stay active throughout life

Please read the downloadable Information Pack carefully before filling out your application. The application form asks you to provide evidence of your ability to deliver this project based on four core competencies and the six success criteria outlined in the Information Pack. A detailed set of assessment criteria is provided at the end of the application form to support you in understanding our requirements.

Please note: we can only accept one application per organisation. 

We must receive your completed application form at sportingequalityfund@spiritof2012trust.org.uk no later than 5pm on Friday 15 September.

Applicants may seek help and advice on their applications from Spirit. Please direct any queries to sportingequalityfund@spiritof2012trust.org.uk

Additional information:

  • Definition of ‘Sport’ for application purposes: “We define sport as all forms of physical activity, which through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental wellbeing, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels.” - Council of Europe Charter on sport definition
  • The Fund will offer grants of between £10,000 to £25,000 to community-based organisations, from a total grant pot of £300,000. This can be for new or existing projects, but it must achieve the Fund’s core outcomes outlined in Section 5.
  • We welcome applications for projects which use peer supported approaches, and those which focus on girls over 8 years old - as evidence tells us girls’ participation often decreases from the age of 8. We expect all projects to actively engage disabled women and girls and promote inclusion.
  • Our preference will be for applications from women’s community-based organisations in partnership with a local or national sports-based organisation (including dance or other association whose primary purpose is to encourage physical activity).
  • There will be one round of applications and all grants must be spent within twelve months.

  • Downloads:

  • Sporting Equality Fund Application Form
  • Sporting Equality Fund information pack