Celebrating Communities: grant guidance

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

We’re pleased to be working alongside Locality and Birmingham City Council’s Neighbourhood Develop Support Unit to support Birmingham community and voluntary groups who wish to apply for a grant.

Celebrating Communities grants are available for projects under one of three themes:

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

The first application window is open until 1 June 2021. Then it will open again from 1 October until 30 November.

Grants are available for projects between £100 and £1,000, between £1,001 and £5,000 and between £5,001 and £10,000.

You can apply now if you feel ready – but you may wish first to sign up for a grant guidance session we’re holding for groups in 29 wards across Birmingham. Those neighbourhoods are listed below.

In addition to the session (available on multiple dates), we will be offering one-to-one support to groups in the targeted neighbourhoods to help them develop their application, plus training and ‘how to’ guides to help activities run successfully and in a Covid-safe way.

We held our first lunchtime grant guidance session online on Thursday 29 April (slides coming soon!). We will be repeating it throughout May.

To register, please choose a suitable date from the Eventbrite listing or email us via ccsupport@birminghamcommunitymatters.org.uk.

Celebrating Communities is available to groups in all wards across Birmingham! Here are the wards in which we’re able to give one-to-one application support:
Castle Vale, Kingstanding, Sutton Walmley and Minworth, Birchfield, Handsworth, Handsworth Wood, Lozells, Oscott, Perry Barr, Nechells, Newtown, Aston, Ladywood, Bordesley and Highgate, Bordesley Green, Small Heath, Ward End, Hodge Hill, Shard End, Alum Rock, Garrett’s Green, South Yardley, Stechford and Yardley North, Tyesley and Hay Mills, Allens Cross, Bartley Green, Kings Norton, Longbridge, Weoley and Selly Oak.

You can enter your postcode in Birmingham City Council’s ward checker to find out which ward you’re in.

If you’d like to talk to your local councillor about your Celebrating Communities idea, you can find out who your councillors are and how to contact them via the government website.

Application forms
When you are ready, you can apply for a Celebrating Communities grant online – or download and complete the relevant application form here:
> Celebrating Communities Application Form (up to £1k)
> Celebrating Communities Application Form (£1k to £5k)
> Celebrating Communities Application Form (over £5,001)

See also these application notes:
> Celebrating Communities key info – summary overview

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.

Don’t miss your chance to secure a share of the Celebrating Communities fund and mark the Games in a memorable way for your group.