Together Fund - Sport England and RYA

Use boating to narrow the gap for communities that need support and start looking at recovery and the long term impacts of Covid-19

The Together fund is a continuation of the Tackling Inequalities fund that was set up by Sport England to help the sport and physical activity sector through the pandemic. 

The RYA has been awarded a further £195,000 of National Lottery money to help clubs, centres and other partners in England work with the following audiences:

  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • Culturally diverse communities    
  • Disabled people
  • People with long term health conditions

The Together Fund investment runs to 30 September 2023 and is intended to help further growth and recovery of sailing organisations working with local communities to find new ways to support people to be active.

The panel meets to consider final applications on the 7 March. Due to an overwhelming number of submitted projects for consideration, applications are now closed.

The RYA training centre were awarded a £1.600 grant to provide sailing lessons to a group of Sudanese refugees, as well as providing bursaries for several other individuals. Find out more about the impact it's made. 

Who can apply

This funding is only for non-profit organisations in England, either:

  • a club or centre part of the OnBoard or Sailability programmes
  • not for profit training centres and affiliated organisations that are already working directly with one of the priority audiences
  • a trusted community organisation working directly with a priority audience, intending to use boating as part of supporting people to be active     


The RYA welcomes applications where a project directly addresses 5 core questions:

  1. Will this investment impact upon at least one of the four priority audiences?
  2. Has the requirement arisen as a direct result of your community group or audience being adversely affected as a result of COVID-19 and/or the cost of living crisis?
  3. What issues does the funding help to resolve in improving access to take part in sport and physical activity for the target audience?
  4. Will this investment help your organisation or community group to recover and grow or continue to survive as a result of hardship?
  5. Is this project directly funding the provision of physical activity or if not, how will it support the delivery of physical activity in the immediate future?

For the full fund criteria - please read - Application Criteria – Sport England & RYA Together Fund (TF)

Maximum project awards

No single organisation will be awarded an accumulative total of more than £30k across the fund period (May 2020 to September 2023) (NB: the fund was previously called ‘Tackling Inequalities’). A maximum of £10k will remain for any single award. Sport England analysis indicates the average award is £3,500 and only a very small number 7% have reached the maximum award in any single phase. The RYA will seek to reflect this in our decision making and submissions to Sport England.

How to apply 

  1. Organisations are invited to submit an expression of interest to capture some basic details about your organisation and your intended project. This will be used to identify a local RYA staff member to offer further support during the project design phase. 
  2. Complete your application and submit


We are no longer inviting expressions of interest. For projects where an expression of interest has been approved, please submit your full project by no later than 0900 on the 7 March 2023

Please bare in mind when applying, all projects need to be delivered by the end of September 2023.

Approval process

An RYA panel will consider all projects submitted against the Application Criteria. The panel will agree a number of projects for investment from the fund, and submit these to Sport England for final approval.

The panel will meet on a rolling basis, no less than once a month.

Fund Criteria

Details about the fund, eligibility criteria, application process, evaluation and learning plan and RYA / Sport England decision making.

Who and what can be funded

More information on what can and can't be included in projects

The fund in six steps

A step by step guide to the process from your first project idea, to project completion