The Bath Half Marathon Fund is now open for applications from local charities, community groups and sports clubs which are based in Bath & North East Somerset and help local residents who are isolated or facing disadvantages, to play, stay fit and improve their health.
Grants of up to £1,000 are available and the deadline for applications is 12 August 2019.
Every year donations from runners entering the Bath Half Marathon are added to the fund and then awarded to sports, exercise and play projects organised by community groups within Bath & North East Somerset aimed at improving physical health and wellbeing close to people’s homes. Over the last 16 years the Bath Half Marathon Fund has awarded £200,453.77 to 181 local projects.
Charity Director Kayley Waller from Running High Events Ltd said, “We started the fund with Quartet Community Foundation in 2003 as we wanted to support local charitable groups which aren’t able to benefit through our official race charity scheme, or through our volunteering programme. Quartet puts us directly in touch with these groups, where our grants can make a big difference. We’re grateful for runners’ generous donations to support this work with smaller local community groups.”
Claire Wynne Hughes, Philanthropy Executive for Bath & NES at Quartet Community Foundation said “The grants awarded through the Bath Half Marathon Fund make a massive difference to the work of local community groups and charities, and help residents based in Bath & North East Somerset to play, stay fit and improve their health and wellbeing.”
Last year Bath Half Marathon Fund awarded seven grants to help local communities stay fit and healthy.
Last year the Bath Half Marathon Fund awarded a £1,000 grant to Mentoring Plus in Bath towards freelance drivers and activity assistants so young people could enjoy winter activity sessions and school holiday sessions.
Ruth Keily said: “Many of our young people are isolated and lack access to the things that their community has to offer. For many regular activity participants, our small, supported groups are the only place they feel safe to mix with other young people and try new activities, from sport to arts, enterprise to community action. Making friends builds social confidence and reduces feelings of anxiety and isolation, and we see improvements in physical and mental wellbeing, teamwork skills and engagement with education. With financial and family pressures, young people can only enjoy these activities thanks to our drivers.”
Last year the Bath Half Marathon Fund awarded SWALLOW in Radstock a grant towards the continuation of the group’s football club, including staff cost and league fees.
Nicky Tew said: “SWALLOW FC attracts many of our members to training sessions with up to 20 people turning up each week. For our members, teenagers and adults with learning disabilities, playing football is a great way to keep fit and to reduce social isolation. Members make friends during football sessions and by playing matches they get to experience the highs and lows of winning and losing as part of a team. The pleasure and confidence gained from a great pass or scoring a goal is wonderful to see and continues off the pitch.
“This grant has enabled our members with learning disabilities to gain more from our weekly football training sessions. By competing in the local FA Disability Counts League our members gained confidence, improved relationships and broadened experiences all of which have led to wider, positive impacts in other areas of their lives.”
If you think your community group or charity might be eligible to apply for a Bath Half Marathon grant, read the full details at http://quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/bath-half-marathon, call Quartet Community Foundation on 0117 989 7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on the Bath Half Marathon see the event website at www.bathhalf.co.uk