Developing sport and physical activity programmes, and securing the resources or facilities needed to deliver them, can be a time consuming and at times daunting process. Active Gloucestershire can help guide and support you through the various stages of bringing your project to life. Our team has first-hand experience of developing projects of all sizes and at all stages of the process.
Yes. We have lots of experience of researching, applying for and securing external funding from a diverse range of sources, including grants, social investment (including loan finance), crowdfunding, Section 106 contributions and Community Infrastructure Levy grants.
We can help you explore project concepts and, if you require more in-depth support, we can help develop your organisation’s overall vision, mission statement or ‘theory of change’.
Linked to this is making sure that the concept is properly tested with the community. We can advise on and undertake a range of community engagement initiatives, including workshops, surveys, case study development, public events, and one-to-one interviews with stakeholders.
We can also help you shape your project’s aims, objectives and outcomes to match the strategic goals of healthcare providers, sports National Governing Bodies, education services, local and national government.
Our project concept is sound and has been tested with the community – what comes next?
In order to further test your project concept – and eventually attract the funding required to make it happen – you’ll need to develop a business plan. We can help you research and put together all the essential elements of a sound business plan, including demand and supply analysis, strategic fit, income and expenditure forecasts, governance and management structures, marketing, branding and monitoring and evaluation.
How do we get our project to the delivery stage?
To get to the delivery stage all schemes require project management. Active Gloucestershire can provide general oversight and leadership of the development and delivery of a project, including sports and community facility development advice: we have working knowledge of all stages of the facility lifecycle, including planning, design, costing, construction (building regulations, CDM, site management), operation and maintenance.
Is Active Gloucestershire’s support free, or will we have to pay for it?
Some projects require only limited assistance where we are happy to provide initial advice and high-level support for free.
Other schemes require more intensive or longer-term support, whereby organisations commission our professional consultancy services. Sometimes these costs can be covered by funding bodies.
If my project requires specialist professional support can you link me to the right services?
Yes. We can signpost organisations to a range of high quality and trusted associates in the professional fields of planning, architecture, quantity surveying, legal advice and social investment.
Who can I speak with to find out more?
We’d love to hear more about your project and discuss possible ways in which we can help. For further information please contact Richard Fishlock (Strategic Lead for Facilities and Active Environments) by email: firstname.lastname@example.org