A NEW fund to encourage and enable more people and communities across North Wales to get active to improve health and wellbeing has been launched.

The fund of more than £400,000 - launched by regional physical activity and sports partnership, Actif North Wales - has been made available by the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting sport and physical activity, Sport Wales, is now open for applications until September 27.

A new fund is available, aimed at getting people and communities in North Wales more active.

A new fund is available, aimed at getting people and communities in North Wales more active.

Available to local authorities, education institutions, social enterprises, community interest companies, charities, leisure trusts and public sector organisations, it aims to test and pilot new ways of improving health and wellbeing through initiatives to promote, encourage and widen access to opportunities to be active.

Manon Rees-O'Brien, regional director of Actif North Wales, said: "The launch of the North Wales Innovation Fund is a significant milestone for the region and the delivery of our 10-year strategy for a more active North Wales.

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"This is a bold ambition, and we can only bring about this change by working collaboratively with a wide range of partners to join up work, learn from successes and challenges and ensure that we are targeting resources where they will have the greatest impact.

"The Fund will be crucial in enabling these ways of working and support real innovation and creativity in testing approaches to promoting opportunities to be active. We're excited to start receiving applications!"

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The first round of the Innovation Fund will focus on projects, initiatives and partnerships targeted at children and young people who share protected characteristics/face inequalities including girls up to the age of 25, disabled children and young people or those with an impairment, children and young people from ethnically diverse backgrounds and those living in poverty.

The Fund is part of Actif North Wales' new 10-year strategy and vision to achieve a more active North Wales by celebrating and promoting opportunities for everyone to be active, working collaboratively with partners to make the best use of local places and spaces, listening, supporting and working with communities to make 'being active' the norm.

Find out more about the Fund and how to apply at: https://bit.ly/3sfwUDH