11 projects were awarded the first set of Try for Change Small Grants in September 2017. Aimed at supporting smaller charities, community groups and grassroots rugby clubs in England, the grants offer projects up to £10,000 to support the valuable work they are doing to improve lives through rugby. Over 40 organisations, including 17 rugby clubs, applied for a small grant, with 11 projects ultimately being awarded funding.
Projects include the use of rugby in prisons to reduce reoffending, helping asylum seekers and refugees integrate into communities and improving the health and wellbeing of people in disadvantaged communities. The 11 projects awarded small grants during this round of funding were:
1. Liverpool Tritons RUFC, Liverpool
2. Derby RUFC & Sporting Futures, Derby
3. Manchester Village Spartans RUFC, Manchester
4. Moseley Rugby Community Foundation, South Birmingham
5. White Gold Cornwall, Redruth
6. Plymouth Sports Charity, Plymouth
7. Northumbria Sport Foundation, Newcastle
8. Roots Project CIC, Bridlington
9. 3 Pillars Project, London
10. Sporting Memories Foundation, Brighton (and across England)
11. Centre Spot CIC, North Birmingham
Try for Change International
Try for Change awarded a grant to the ‘Second Chance’ project run by Fundación Espartanos, Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Argentina, the reoffending rate is as high as 60% due to lack of opportunities for prisoners to gain vocational skills so Fundación Espartanos has launched a programme called ‘Second Chance’ which uses rugby as a platform for social change.
During their June Test series in Argentina, several England players visited one of Buenos Aires’ maximum-security prisons to meet Fundación Espartanos. England players, including Captain Dylan Hartley as well as Danny Care and Chris Robshaw, saw first-hand how funding from England Rugby and Sport Relief, through the Try for Change Fund, is supporting the project.