11 March 2020

Community groups in the West Midlands urged to apply for £100,000 grants pot

COMMUNITY groups are being urged to apply for their share of £100,000 worth of funding to celebrate community spirit in the West Midlands.

The Mayor’s Community Weekend, which has proved successful in the last two years, is on Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5, this year and it is hoped there will be more than 200 celebratory events throughout the region.

The cash has been made possible thanks to a partnership between the West Midlands Combined Authority and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Grants of up to £500 will be on offer to groups across the region including Worcestershire and Birmingham.

The aim of the Mayor’s Community Weekend is to bring people and communities together, to celebrate the experiences they share and make new memories.

It will encourage people from all walks of life to build stronger community bonds and embrace community spirit by holding events such as a street party, a sports festival or a picnic in the park.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said the community weekend had been a real highlight of his term and he was delighted funding for events in 2020 had been secured to keep the scheme going.

“From street parties to pop-up sports games, neighbourhoods across the region always take full advantage of the Mayor’s Community Weekend, and I believe it is a great example of the creativity and togetherness that the West Midlands possesses.”

Funding applications opened on Monday and close at 9pm on March 22.

Visit tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/mayors-community-weekend and www.wmca.org.uk/MCW for more information and to apply.

Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard