This funding opportunity to support the Mayor’s Community Weekend is offered through a partnership between the West Midlands Combined Authority and The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The aim is to bring people and communities together, to celebrate the experiences they share and make new memories.
Grants of up to £500 will be on offer to groups across the region including Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.
Events supported will:
- Encourage people from all walks of life to build stronger community bonds, embrace community spirit and celebrate diversity and may include, for example, a street party, a sports festival or a picnic in the park.
- Be led by people i.e. people in the community are part of the design and delivery of the event.
- Be community focused, bringing people together who wouldn’t usually interact
- Have a long-term vision, with plans for what will happen afterwards, looking at how relationships will be sustained.
Anyone can apply – fully constituted organisations, small informal groups that already exist, or even just a few people from a local community coming together for the first time.
Events will take place in one of these areas within the West Midlands: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, Worcestershire.
To apply for funding either submit a short video (up to three minutes) or a written online application (up to 500 words).
Applications open at 9am on Friday 22 February 2019 and close at 9pm on Sunday 17 March 2019.