London Marathon Charitable Trust grants £2.2m to UK charities

The London Marathon Charitable Trust has today announced new grants totalling over £2.2m to challenge inequality of access to physical activity across the UK.

The funding is the latest batch in a series of grants to UK-based charities, with the total funding amounting to more than £88m.

Included in this round is a £1m grant to Activity Alliance, to expand the charity's 'Get Out Get Active' programme to new localities, with a focus on Haringey, Sunderland and the Black Country.

The progamme works with Spirit of 2012 and Sport England, and this additional funding from the trust aims to support and encourage 4,000 inactive children and young people to participate in fun and inclusive activities.

A further £1.2m was awarded to 19 organisations towards facilities improvements through The Trust’s Facilities Grants Programme for projects in London and Surrey, including:

• £250,000 to Phoenix Canoe Club towards the redevelopment of its outdoor centre into a new purpose-built modern community hub with a low carbon footprint, providing high quality paddle sports and other outdoor activities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

• £104,000 to Haven House Foundation to create an accessible specialist play area and sensory garden so children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions and their families can enjoy outdoor playing together in a safe and accessible environment.

• £80,000 to London Thunder Basketball Club towards essential facility improvements including new lighting and changing facilities, supporting the growth of the club and to increase participation amongst women, BAME groups and people with a disability.

• £20,000 to the London Borough of Hackney for the installation of a new natural play area on the Morland Estate enabling children to enjoy the benefits of play in a natural setting.

The next deadline to submit grant applications to the trust is Wednesday 11 March 2020. For more information about how to apply visit

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