Birmingham 2022: One day left to apply for Commonwealth Games' Celebrating Community Fund

Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Max Whitlock launches the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games National Ticket Ballot at The Bullring, Birmingham. Credit: PA Images

There is just one day left to apply for a share of the Birmingham 2022 £2million small grants funding scheme.

Commonwealth Games organisers are inviting everyone to "celebrate the games your way" by setting up the Celebrating Communities fund.

In 2022, organisers hope to see Birmingham erupt with a celebration of culture, sport and unity.

Event organisers have said: "Birmingham will flourish on the world stage, reflecting on the strength and resilience of the people that make these neighbourhoods and communities truly great."

"The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games provides a platform to showcase the very best of the people who make our city the beating heart of this great country," it added.

Celebrating Communities is a £2 million small grants funding scheme, part of a wider £6 million package assembled by the council to maximise the benefit and legacy of hosting the Games.

Who can apply?

According to organisers, un-constituted and grassroots community groups can apply to the fund to support activities that will enable their community to carry out localised activities, such as cultural events, sports & recreational activities, street parties, picnics and community celebrations.

Grants will be available to run initiatives which deliver against one of three themes: Getting Active’, ‘Ready, Steady, Fun’ and ‘Celebrating Culture’ - which are described on the Birmingham 2022 official website as:

  • Getting Active

    Encouraging communities to get out and get active by participating in sports and recreational activities. The overriding aim should be to encourage residents, of all abilities and ages, to engage in physical activity and improve their health and wellbeing.

  • Ready, Steady, Fun

    Delivering community projects to ensure a local area is Games ready (e.g. by improving communal space, and hosting community celebrations to develop active citizenship and reduce loneliness and social isolation).

  • Celebrating Culture

    Developing community-led cultural events and initiatives that encourage intergenerational activities. Proposed schemes must harness the power of culture to bring people together, celebrate their identities, and the culture, heritage and stories of their communities.

The grants will be available to people and communities in all 69 wards across Birmingham and open for applications until Tuesday November 30.