The London Marathon Charitable Trust provides funding to inspire thousands of children and adults across the UK to be active for life
The Trust's current priorities are to maintain and increase participation in physical activity by:
- Improving facilities in its core areas of London and Surrey to encourage and support all members of the local community to become and remain physically active.
- Supporting ambitious projects across the UK that will challenge inequality of access to physical activity and deliver the greatest possible impact for our target audiences: children and young people and groups we know are less likely to be active, such as women and girls, BAME communities, people from lower socio-economic groups, older people and people with a disability.
- Reflecting the spirit of the London Marathon in its grantmaking.
Since its founding in 1981, The Trust has awarded in excess of £88 million to more than 1,430 projects in London and beyond.
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What do you need to know?
About The Trust
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What The Trust funds
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How to apply for a grant
Find out about the process of applying for a grant and what you need to demonstrate in your application. The next application deadlines are 11 March and 27 May.
Some of the communities The Trust has helped...
New sports facilities for North Barnet
School-age children, community users and people of all abilities can use a first-rate sporting hub in North Barnet thanks to a £500,000 grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust.
The grant funded the installation of state of the art sporting facilities at the Archer Academy in East Finchley for use by both pupils at the school and the local community. Read the full story.
Cricket for the Community
A cricket club in Kent is aiming to increase the physical and mental benefits of playing sport amongst its local community after being awarded a £15,000 grant by the London Marathon Charitable Trust.
Bexley Cricket Club has been in existence for over 200 years and is an integral part of the local community. It caters for all ages and abilities with teams for boys and girls from five years old to men and women’s teams for the over 50s. The club’s first XI team currently play in the Kent Cricket League Premier League. Read the full story.
Stakeboarding for all
“We are delighted to see the immediate impact that this grant is having on young people’s health and we look forward to seeing London’s local community and visitors to the Southbank benefiting for many more generations to come.” Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer for The London Marathon Charitable Trust.
The Trust’s £200,000 contribution helped to protect and regenerate the space and introduce a free Skate School to encourage more children, especially young girls, to give skate sports a go for the first time. Read the full story.
Hundreds drawn to track
London Heathside is a friendly community athletics club that warmly welcomes runners and athletes of all standards and ages. It is run entirely by volunteers. Chairman Jerry Odlin said: “Finsbury Park now has a running track that is not only attracting top-rate athletes but is also drawing hundreds of children and adults from all over north London. There has been a complete culture shift," Odlin said. "Our members are able to train more technically and have gone on to achieve outstanding results. Read the full story.
Inclusive gym programmes
A £150,000 grant from the London Marathon Charitable Trust will help increase participation in physical activity amongst groups including women, older adults, and people with long-term health conditions at the Jubilee Hall gym in Covent Garden. Jubilee Hall Trust aims to build healthier communities through the operation of four health, fitness and sports centres in central London, and the provision of a range of community outreach programmes. Read the full story.