Celebrating Communities: grant guidance

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are just around the corner, and Birmingham City Council has set up a £2m small grants fund 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 (NDSU) 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 closed on 1 June 2021. It will open again from 1 October until 30 November.

It’s not too soon to start working on your Round 2 application!

Grants are available for projects between £100 and £1,000, between £1,001 and £5,000 and between £5,001 and £10,000. They are being 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, you may wish to seek additional funding – we’ve addressed this on our FAQs page.)

Grants briefing and application support sessions

We are holding support sessions with Locality and NDSU.

During our grants briefing session, we explain the application process and share details of further support to strengthen your application. The session is available on multiple dates: choose your grants briefing session and sign up at Eventbrite.

If you’re new to funding applications, you may also benefit from attending this ‘Start your form’ session, also available on multiple dates.

Here are the most recent slides from the grants briefing session
Here’s a PDF pamphlet – ‘Developing your community project’ – created especially for Celebrating Communities.

‘Creating and presenting your funding pitch’

If you applied for a grant in Round 1, come to one of our next sessions: ‘Creating and presenting your funding pitch’, which we’re hosting with Locality.

There you can find out what will happen at the ward forum stage when local communities vote for the projects that get funded. Together we will discuss what makes a good pitch, share tips for presenting your project, and practise talking about your project in front of a small group of peers. Sign up at our Eventbrite page.

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

Frequently asked questions 

We have compiled a page of answers to the questions asked in our Celebrating Communities grant briefing sessions.

You can see the FAQs here.

Ward packs

You will need to tailor your project to fit in with the priorities of your Birmingham ward (neighbourhood). Birmingham City Council has a page of ward plans and priorities where you can find information relevant to where you live.

Also, Locality and Birmingham Community Matters are creating ward packs containing useful information to help you with developing your project and putting together your application. You will find the ward plans we’ve compiled so far in this public folder.

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 (£1001k 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.