GVC Fund

The GVC Fund aims to support local communities and projects with a focus on sport and physical/mental health.  More broadly, the fund is looking to support health, community sport, and the use of sport and physical activity to raise awareness, tackle mental health stigmas and support adults with mental or physical health problems to become more active.

Priority will be given to small, locally based organisations in areas of disadvantage, run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and that have a clear understanding of the needs they are supporting.
Grants up to £5,000 will be awarded.

Note to applicants: This funding opportunity has been made possible through the betting and gambling industry. All applicants should be aware of this before applying for funding.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications to the GVC Fund are open to registered charities, constituted community groups, Social Enterprises and CICs, Community Centres and CIOs.
Groups need to be "grant ready" which means having appropriate policies and procedures in place to ensure their good governance and accountability. In addition to the list of requirements set out on this website (click here for grant ready definition, Step 1), groups applying to the GVC Fund are required to submit two independent references who can discuss the group's work.  

Things to Consider

  • Groups can apply for up to 50% of the grant as core costs and the remainder as project delivery costs.
  • Applications should be for a project that lasts a year.
  • Projects can deliver opportunities in a range of contexts and settings: for example, online, in clubs and groups, informally, or as part of structured programmes.
  • Applicant organisations can work with mixed age groups but the project for which you are applying for funding must only be working with adults.
  • Applicant organisations must be financially stable for the duration of the project.
  • Projects must be finished and monitoring received by the end of January 2023.

Funding will not be given for:

  • Statutory services or organisations, including schools.
  • Activities promoting party political activity.
  • Capital costs or physical items of more than half the value of the grant.
  • Individuals or sponsorship.
  • Trips abroad.
  • Activities generating private profit.
  • Activities which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs.
  • Organisations who are already in receipt of a grant directly from GVC.

Funded Projects

DIAL/Disability Peterborough received £4,207 to fund an inclusive sports coordinator, providing a wide variety of sports for participants, to increase numbers and to enter Regional and National Special Olympics games in 2020 and 2021.

Freedom Leisure received £3,324 to run a community outreach programme for 60 older people, providing them with the opportunity to participate in physical exercise.