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.

Round 2 is now open, until Tuesday 30 November 2021.

Grants are available for projects

  • Between £100 and £1,000
  • Between £1,001 and £5,000
  • 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.)

Before you apply, read the application guidance [PDF]:
Celebrating Communities_application guidance_version 1_September 2021.

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.

Here are the most recent presentation recordings.

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

‘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’. We are planning to hold more sessions for Round 2 applicants in due course.


Application forms

IMPORTANT! Before you apply, read the  application guidance [PDF]:
Celebrating Communities_application guidance_version 1_September 2021.

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 £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.

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.