LACE UP Wiltshire

A major new project aimed at supporting Wiltshire communities who wish to provide for local affordable housing needs, through a a partnership between Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Community Land Trust, and Community First.

Wiltshire Community-Led Housing Project

A major new project aimed at supporting Wiltshire communities who wish to provide for local affordable housing needs, through a a partnership between Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Community Land Trust, and Community First.

About LACE UP Wiltshire

Community First is working with Sport England and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) to run a pilot project in 2018 which promotes cost effective physical activity, engagement in sport and healthy lifestyles in rural communities across Wiltshire. Groups demonstrating how they will get inactive people to become more active, can apply for up to £10k in grant funding to help their activities to flourish.

The one-year pilot aims to increase Leisure Activities and Community Exercise (LACE) in rural communities. Groups are able to access one to one support to develop an application for funding. Whilst any group is eligible to apply for funding, LACE UP prioritises support for projects which engage people from lower socio economic groups, women, over 55’s and disabled people – those who are traditionally less likely to participate in sporting activity.

Through working with ACRE Network member Community First, as a trusted local intermediary in Wiltshire, the pilot project will look at how bespoke support can help a group to develop innovative and sustainable activities which meet genuine local need.

The health and wellbeing of rural residents is a national priority. It is hoped that the LACE UP project in Wiltshire will oversee the development of activities which, if successful, could be replicated in other communities elsewhere. Case studies about the groups, the activities and the development support they received will be shared  to inspire more people to get involved with or, to offer leisure activities and community exercise in their area.

Find out More

There will be two tranches of funding available with the following deadlines for applications: Tranche 1 – Friday 4 May 2018 and Tranche 2- Friday 7 September 2018. For more information about the pilot project please visit our Grants & Funding page to download an expression of interest form and guidance notes.

For questions about LACE UP please contact Helen Cotter hcotter@communityfirst.org.uk.

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