Active Living Fund – small grants programme

This is your chance to help the people of South Tees make active lives a way of life.

We are looking for ideas that get local people and communities more active more often, and this doesn’t have to be sport-related.

We want to support innovative ways of getting people motivated and doing more active things that improve their confidence, self-esteem, mental health and general wellbeing. 

Working with Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency (MVDA) and Redcar & Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency (RCVDA), we are inviting applications to its small grants programme from local individuals, charities, community groups and organisations across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland. 

We want to support initiatives that bring people together or provide individual support. Ideas can be family-focused, aimed at specific age groups, communities in a place or communities of interest. We are open to exploring any new ideas or diversifying/expanding existing projects or community activities.

While COVID-19 has dramatically changed how we live our lives, government and NHS guidance encourage us to keep physically active. With this in mind, we have temporarily adapted the fund to include applications that encourage residents and communities to stay active in their homes. 

The fund is open to any constituted or un-constituted not-for-profit organisation, voluntary or community clubs, registered charities or community interest companies, providing that the idea or proposal supports the vision or local voluntary and community action within the South Tees area. 

We will also accept ideas from individuals who would like funding for an idea or activity as long as it isn’t for individual gain. Although there are no restrictions on the financial turnover of organisations, we will, however, give priority to those applicants with an annual turnover of less than £250,000. We will fund ideas, activities and projects with a minimum value of £200 up to a maximum of £5,000. 

To access the full information pack, click here.

To access the expression of interest form, click here. 


For further information you can also contact:

If you are based in Middlesbrough:

John Atkinson – Community Action and Development Officer.

Telephone: 01642 955670 or 07852 269486.



If you are based in Redcar and Cleveland:

Karen McGarrity – Development Officer.

Telephone: 01642 440571.


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