Applications open for Assura Community Fund RLWC2021 Grants Programme

Applications open for Assura Community Fund RLWC2021 Grants Programme

by Culture Liverpool

Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) and the tournament’s Official Community Health Partner, Assura plc, have today (1 February 2021) opened applications for the Assura Community Fund RLWC2021 Grants Programme.

With a minimum of £100,000 available to help charitable and voluntary sector organisations deliver health and wellbeing activities, the partnership will support the tournament’s vision of creating opportunities and delivering widespread positive social impact.

The grants will be given to health projects working from or with Rugby League community clubs, existing recipients of the RLWC2021 CreatedBy Capital Grants Programme, and within the eighteen RLWC2021 host towns and cities. Full criteria and how to apply is available at: Assura Community Fund RLWC2021 Grants Programme Criteria

The grants will educate and teach skills to contribute to improved emotional health and wellbeing, gaining support for life challenges and providing increased activities and opportunities to improve self-confidence, self-esteem and belonging

Online applications will open from 0800am today (1 February 2021), with a submission deadline of 28 February 2021, and successful applicants receiving one-year grants by 15 May 2021.

Assura, a FTSE 250 company, develops, invests in and manages a portfolio of almost 600 primary care medical centres which are bases for NHS teams serving millions of people across the United Kingdom.

The sponsorship with RLWC2021 is Assura’s first in sport, and they joined Eversheds Sutherland, Deloitte, Manchester Metropolitan University, Kappa, Kuehne+Nagel and Cazoo as official sponsors of the tournament.

The RLWC2021 Grants Programme was launched by RLWC2021 Healthy Lives Ambassador Lois Forsell who said:

“The Assura Community Fund RLWC2021 Grants Programme will make a huge difference to the lives of many people within Rugby League communities.

“I’d urge all appropriate charitable and voluntary sector organisations, alongside Rugby League community clubs, to get involved.

“At an unbelievably trying time for the nation this will provide opportunities for some of the most deprived communities in the country to rebuild.

“Assura has a rich history of delivering funding for transformational projects and this is another example of a purpose led partnership that will create positive social impacts.”

Assura CEO, Jonathan Murphy, said: “As a business based in the Rugby League heartland of Warrington, we’re passionate about the chance to connect local health projects, volunteers and primary care in some of the most deprived communities across the country.

“The scale of the task ahead to rebuild community health beyond the current pandemic is clear but these grants can play a part by supporting local health projects to reduce isolation, rebuild health confidence, skills and lessen health inequalities.”

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