The Commonwealth Games Inclusive Communities Fund has been launched!

The Inclusive Communities Fund was inspired by the momentum generated by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. It aims to strengthen the achievements prompted by the Games, offering community organisations access to new funding to make a difference for the people they work with. The Fund will serve as a catalyst to address inequalities, forge deeper connections between individuals and organisations, and continue the legacy of the Games.

Grants will be available for works, activities and services that will contribute to the four core missions:

  • Bringing people together
  • Improving health and well-being
  • Helping the region to grow
  • Putting the region on the map

Which fall within one or more of the following three themes: 

  • Physical activity and sport
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Arts, culture and creativity

Grants Thresholds and Application Periods

  • All grant thresholds open on 6th November 2023
  • Small Works and Refurbishment Grants close on 4th January 2024 (up to £100,000)
  • Small Grants (up to £15,000) and Medium Grants (£15,000 to £75,000) will have varying closing dates in throughout 2023 – 2024
  • Large Grants (£75,000 to £300,000) will close on 4th January 2024

At the stakeholder briefing, it was mentioned that large grants should ideally be consortium-led focusing on strengthening community arts, culture and heritage and lever in Match.

Small grants can include running costs and small works and refurbishment grants should be well developed i.e. planning permission in place if applicable.

The Inclusive Communities Fund is made possible by the UK Government through the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS). It will be overseen by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and administered by the Heart of England Community Foundation, the leading, independent grant-making body in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. United By 2022, the Games’ Official Legacy Charity, will partner with the Community Foundation to deliver community engagement activities and support organisations in successfully applying to the Fund.

This fund represents an unprecedented opportunity for organisations and communities to make a positive and lasting impact in the West Midlands.

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