This grants programme has been created to help people with Parkinsons to get and stay active. In 2023 Parkinsons UK charity were able to provide grants of up to £3,000 to support physical activity projects for people with Parkinson’s all over the UK.

The application window for 2023 is now open, and will remain open until 30 November 2023. Grants are available for activity providers, communities, networks and organisations across the UK to develop new opportunities for people with Parkinson’s to become and stay active or help increase their levels of physical activity.

The funding is intended to enable more opportunities for people living with Parkinson’s to access physical activities and enjoy being active, which is key in helping to manage symptoms, maintain health and lift their mood. In 2023, grants of between £500 and £3,000 (an increase of £500 from last year) are available.

Applications will be accepted from activity providers, national governing bodies, Parkinson’s groups and branches, and sports and healthcare professionals.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a business bank account.
  • Consult with a local staff member of Parkinson’s UK and enter their name in the application form.
  • Be able to explain how they intend to reach and engage with their target community or audience and how they will promote the project.
  • Explain how they plan to continue the activities and ensure their longevity and continuing impact after the funding ends.

The grant will not support:

  • Coaching costs for existing activities that do not show expansion or enhancement.
  • Increasing the payment to an existing provider without an increase in quality or frequency of provision.
  • Insurance.
  • Non essential enhancements that have no impact on sustainability.
    Individual activity providers or personal trainers eg one on one training
  • Applications from individuals to participate in activity.
  • Qualifications for activity providers/instructors.
  • Transport costs including travel costs for activity providers/instructors.
  • Refreshments.
  • Competition entry fees.
  • Trophies, medals, prizes.
  • Accommodation.
  • Overseas transport.
  • Feasibility studies or research.
  • IT or technology not directly used in sport or physical activity.
    Costs associated with supporting elite athletes.
  • Eligible Expenditure
  • Funding is for new activities for people affected by Parkinson’s to participate in physical activity and sport or increased participation in these areas.

Projects must last for at least three months and they should reach and engage with a wide range of people with Parkinson’s especially those who may be from the following groups:

  • Newly diagnosed.
  • Young onset.
  • People and groups seen as ‘under represented’ – including socially isolated, not digitally connected or ethnic communities.
  • People who are not engaged with Parkinson’s UK.
  • People who are inactive, or active at low levels.
  • People who are still working.

Examples of the types of projects and activities that can be supported include:

  • Expanding activities/classes etc. to include people with Parkinson’s.
  • Buying equipment that will facilitate or enhance activities.
  • Essential maintenance or replacement of equipment that will lead to greater participation or increased impact.
  • Facility hire.
  • Coaching fees.
  • Specific training.
  • Developing community activities that demonstrate a pathway into sustained activity.
  • Helping people to access Parkinson’s specific online support to become more active.

How To Apply
In 2023 the application period will open on 2 May and will remain open until 30 November 2023, or when the total funding has been awarded. See the official website here.


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