Sport England Together Fund for Merseyside

MSP are working with Sport England on the Together Fund (previously called Tackling Inequalities Fund, or TIF), which is designed to enable community, voluntary and third sector organisations and constituted groups to to support people to be active, in the six boroughs across Merseyside.

  • Halton, Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley, Liverpool and St Helens

The fund is focused on supporting four priority groups who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and whose levels of activity –  which were already significantly lower prior to the pandemic – have not recovered to the same extent as the population as a whole.

The four priority audiences are:

  • People from culturally diverse communities 
  • People with a disability
  • People with long term-health conditions
  • People from lower socio-economic groups

Previous phases of the Together Fund have enabled MSP to build new relationships with local organisations and groups and strengthen existing relations between us and our communities. To date,  £340,000 has been distributed by Sport England to 92 organisations in Merseyside to support communities to be active through targeted interventions both during the pandemic and subsequently as we look to help these priority audiences to engage or reengage. Take a look at some of our partners that were awarded funding in previous rounds and what they had to say about receiving and the impact it has had on their organisation and participants. Together Fund

Building on the previous phases, MSP would like to invite community, voluntary and third sector organisations and groups to express an interest in potentially accessing funding to help these priority audiences to be active. We are particularly interested in developing partnerships with those organisations and groups who can not only engage the priority audiences but who are keen to use Together Fund to develop sustainable activities focused on addressing inactivity over a longer period and can potentially maximise existing relationships with other community partners or local networks..

Key criteria

  • The Sport England Together Fund opportunity is open to community, voluntary and third sector organisations and constituted groups based in Merseyside.
  • The project outline is focused on enabling one or more of the priority audiences in Merseyside to be active, identifies the barriers and challenges which limit opportunities to be active, provides an understanding as to the local needs  and demonstrates the existing relationships in place that will be maximised to engage the audience/s.
  • Community, voluntary and third sector organisations or constituted groups and clubs need to be eligible to apply for National Lottery funding.
  • The organisation or group must have a minimum of 3 unrelated Directors, Trustees or Officers.
  • The organisation or group  will need a bank account in the name of the charity, organisation or constituted group. The account must be appropriate to the organisation status.

More details about the eligibility criteria for the fund are detailed in the guidance document.

How to Express an Interest to MSP


To express an interest in working with MSP and potentially accessing support from Sport England’s Together Fund  please complete the EOI  form below. Alternatively, you can request a copy via email at

Before submitting your EOI, please make sure you read through the guidance document.. 

Following the closing date, all EOIs will be reviewed and assessed by an internal panel and projects shortlisted for further development  in conjunction with MSP. Once the project development process is complete, the final project will be submitted to Sport England for review and approval. 

We expect interest in the Together Fund to be high and  anticipate that it may not be able to support all projects which come forward.

The deadline for submitting an expression of interest is 9am on Friday 25th November.



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