Community-based sport and physical activity projects in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area have until Tuesday evening to stake their claim for a share of a £1million fund aimed at changing lives and creating a more inclusive and healthier nation.

The Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity (CLTSPA) Fund was launched in June in partnership between the Scottish Government, sportscotland, the Robertson Trust and Spirit of 2012, and will support organisations across the country to deliver positive change in communities across the country.

The CLTSPA Fund is part of a wider £1.8million programme that provides additional resource into the sporting and community sector to better address individual and community needs through sport and physical activity and also to support them to become and stay active.  

As part of the fund two-year grants ranging from £30,000 up to £70,000 will be available to partnerships meeting key criteria and delivering on the four CLTSPA themes below:

  • Sport for Inclusion
  • Sport for Health and Wellbeing
  • Sport for Skills
  • Sport for Communities

The wider CLTSPA programme has a specific aim of increasing capacity and skills within the sporting sector to meet the needs of the community and to deliver positive change for participants.

Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said:  “The positive power of sport and physical activity can be seen every day in communities across the country thanks to the fantastic work of community sport hubs, clubs and the wider sporting system. It is clear from this work that sport and physical activity is having a significant impact on the lives of those taking part.

"But it is not just about participation, it is also about improving health and wellbeing and increasing wider opportunities, and we are determined to build on that. This fund and the wider Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity programme is an important step on that journey, as we strive to build a more inclusive and healthier nation.”

The CLTSPA Fund is delivered by Spirit of 2012 as part of the Changing Lives through Sport and Physical Activity programme.

Further information on the Fund and details how to apply can be found at the Spirit of 2012 website www.spiritof2012.org.uk/CLTSPA with applications closing at 5pm on Tuesday 28 August.