Community grants

Active Communities Grant Scheme

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on levels of physical activity but has been most acute across disadvantaged groups and areas of higher deprivation.

While there are signs of recovery for activity levels as restrictions have eased, not all groups or demographics are affected or recovering at the same rate. 

Our Leisure and Public Health teams in collaboration with Be Active Beds have developed a new grant scheme designed to help residents become more physically active.

Small grants of up to £5,000 are available to apply for by voluntary and community groups including town/parish councils. The new fund is designed to help communities that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, lockdown and restrictions on social interaction will benefit from the fund. Applicants will need to be able to explain how their idea or project will make a difference and deliver increased physical activity to one or more priority sections of the Central Bedfordshire population below:

  • women
  • young people aged 16-34
  • over 75s
  • disabled people and people with long-term health conditions
  • culturally diverse communities
  • those living in areas of higher deprivation

Bidding rounds

The grant fund will operate in bidding rounds.

The current bidding round is from Monday 16 January 2023 until Sunday 19 March 2023.

Apply now

Further bidding rounds will follow and will be publicised on our website, email bulletins and via our partner organisations.


This is the Active Communities Grant Scheme guidance. You must read it before completing the application form.

Bidding round 1 - approved projects

Bidding round 1 - approved projects
Number Organisation Project Score out of 66 Amount
1 Beds RCC Accessibility of Dunstable Community Halls Community Garden 60 £5,000
2 Groundwork East Boxing Exercise and Skills 59 £5,000
3 Shefford Town Council Outdoor Fitness in Shefford 55 £2,939.90
4 Eversholt Parochial Charity Chair Yoga for Balance, Strength and Mobility 53 £2,800
5 MacIntyre Lifelong Learning Back in Service 49 £4,544
6 Blunham Football Club Extension into Walking Football and Added Girls Team at under 10 40 £4,100
      Total £24,383.90