Celebrating Communities: grant guidance

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are just around the corner. To help people and community groups make the most of this huge event, Birmingham City Council set up a £2m small grants fund called ‘Celebrating Communities’,

We enjoyed working alongside Locality and Birmingham City Council’s Neighbourhood Develop Support Unit (NDSU) to support Birmingham groups in applying for these grants.

Now the grants have all been allocated, we are supporting successful applicants to get started with their projects.

We are holding the following events:

Completing your ‘COGA’ form
This is for groups needing help with completing their ‘conditions of grant aid’ (COGA) form. Together we will go through the form, talk about what you will need to submit, and answer any questions.
Book your place on a live session. 

Running your community activity – a checklist
This will help you think about the things that need to be in place to run your project. Together we will develop a handy checklist of tasks.
Book your place on a live session
Read Locality’s ‘Top tips for community engagement’ leaflet.

Reporting on your Celebrating Communities project
This will be useful for groups who are new to grant funding. It’s a great chance to see the form you will complete to report on your grant, and think about how you will capture and record the information needed.
Book your place on a live session.

Use of parks and green spaces for your project
This is for groups running events in Birmingham City Council-run parks or green spaces. You will need to complete a Use of Parks permission form which can be found on the Birmingham City Council website. We will run through the online form, and explore other things to consider to make your outdoor event legal and safe.
Book your place on a live session.

Coming soon: links to recordings of the sessions, and further resources. 

About Celebrating Communities

Celebrating Communities grants are funding community projects under one of three themes:

  • Getting Active
  • Ready, Steady, Fun
  • Celebrating Culture.

Round 2 closed on Tuesday 30 November 2021.

Grants are being awarded of between:

  • £100 and £1,000
  • £1,001 and £5,000
  • £5,001 and £10,000.

They were allocated by ward – with a funding limit per ward – and are designed to help small groups with their celebratory projects and activities.

(For bigger projects, groups have been advised to seek additional funding.)

We were pleased to help with application guidance [PDF]:
Celebrating Communities_application guidance_version 1_September 2021.

Here’s a PDF pamphlet – ‘Developing your community project’ – created especially for Celebrating Communities.

Grants briefing and application support sessions

We held application support sessions with Locality and NDSU.

Here are the most recent slides.

Here are the most recent presentation recordings.

‘Creating and presenting your funding pitch’

For groups who applied for a grant in Round 1, we held several sessions called ‘Creating and presenting your funding pitch’, hosted with Locality.

There we discussed what would happen at the ward forum stage when local communities voted for the projects that get funded. We explored what makes a good pitch, shared tips for presenting, and practised talking about proposed projects in front of a small group of peers.

We have a recording of this session: ‘Creating and presenting your funding pitch’.

Application forms

Please note that the fund is no longer open for applications.

Celebrating Communities_application guidance_version 1_September 2021.

> Celebrating Communities application form (up to £1000)
> Celebrating Communities application form (£1001 – £5000)
> Celebrating Communities application form (over £5001)

About Locality

Locality is the national membership network supporting local community organisations to be strong and successful. Its member network of over 1200 organisations across England creates the services each community needs most, in spaces where everyone belongs.

Locality runs the My Community website, which shares brilliant resources for community organisations, including several which may give you inspiration for your Celebrating Communities project. Check out this ‘Top tips for community engagement’ leaflet.

This page was last updated in May 2022.