Phases 1 & 2 of the Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) helped to support organisations to deliver activity aimed at groups and individuals who had been adversely affected during COVID when compared with the wider population. Sport England provided funding to Tees Valley Sport to help them support groups through this difficult time and ensure that certain target audiences continued to be active and healthy.

Phase 3 of the TIF will continue to support these objectives but with an increased onus on the return to play. Funders are determined to help people to return to their regular activity or a viable alternative as current Covid restrictions are eased during the spring and summer. They are also keen to support groups to strengthen coming out of COVID through developing their governance, business planning and resilience.

There are four target audiences that the funding is directed towards;

  • Lower Income Groups
  • Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Disabled People
  • People with Long-Term Health Conditions

What we can fund

The purpose of the fund is to support people to be active with any application to:

  • Be focused on one or more of the target audiences listed above
  • Show how the funding will either help your club/community body through the next 5-6 months and/or support your participants to remain active as we move into return to play as part of the COVID recovery stages as restrictions are lifted
  • Demonstrate a clear financial need for the funding sought
  • Demonstrate the existing relationship your club/group have with the target audience and the extent of your reach into the target community
  • Not be a duplicate application for funding already received from the Sport England Community Emergency Fund (N.B additional funding is acceptable if a further financial need is evident)
  • Be eligible to receive Sport England Lottery Funding.

Funding amounts are expected to be towards the lower end of the range £1,000 to a maximum of £5,000. The closing date for the fund is 30 June but they anticipate significant interest from March and only have limited resources, so please feel free to apply as soon as possible.

The fund being co-ordinated by a group of officers from Tees Valley Sport, local authorities and the voluntary sector.

The form below asks for a minimum level of information and whilst a follow up meeting or call will be arranged with all applicants, we will continue to make the application process as flexible as possible. Data collected will be used to administer the application in line with Teesside University’s GDPR policy. Data will be shared with the funder, Sport England. It will not be shared with third parties and will be deleted on completion of the project or if the application is unsuccessful.

Download Priority Funding Application Form.

For more information and to return the completed form, please email

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