THE NATIONAL Lottery Community Fund and the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, to apply for funding to bring communities together this September for the first Mayor’s Community Weekend in the region since the pandemic.
The Mayor’s Community Weekend, which takes place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September, is a chance for people to come together to celebrate the strength and diversity of West Midlands’ communities.
The National Lottery has made £150,000 available for events and activities including picnics and celebrations, litter picks, volunteering, through to sports and cultural events.
Grants ranging from £500 to £2,000 will be on offer to groups and organisations across the region.
Mr Street said: “The diverse communities right across our region are a remarkable source of strength for us all. That’s why I’m delighted that – after a Covid induced hiatus – we’ll be putting on the first Mayor’s Community Weekend since the pandemic.
“This will be a wonderful opportunity for people to come together.
“I would encourage local people to step forward and get involved.
“I cannot wait to enjoy a weekend of celebration this September and I look forward to seeing it all in action.”
John Mothersole, England chair at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, we’ll be bringing people together across the West Midlands to celebrate being part of their community and make something amazing happen on their doorstep.
“We’re encouraging events that are designed and led by people in communities, that will help to build long-lasting connections.
“We’re particularly interested in funding projects that celebrate the strength and diversity of West Midlands communities and are keen to see applications that bring together volunteers and promote volunteering, celebrate the role that young people can play in communities, and create chances for communities to enjoy green spaces.”
Communities can apply for funding until noon on June 7.
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