Solihull projects handed thousands from Commonwealth Games legacy fund - The Solihull Observer

Solihull projects handed thousands from Commonwealth Games legacy fund

Solihull Editorial 2nd Jul, 2024   0

COMMUNITY projects across Solihull have been handed £756,980 through a Commonwealth Games legacy fund.

Heart of England Community Foundation has announced it has distributed 388 grants totalling £11.8million through its Inclusive Communities Fund, which was established to empower communities to tackle local challenges.

Inspired by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the fund supports community-based organisations, offering them access to new opportunities and legacy funding from the Games.

The figures mean that Heart of England Community Foundation has completed what would ordinarily be approximately four years’ worth of grant making in just seven months, making this fund the largest programme it has ever delivered.

There were 22 Solihull projects selected for the funding – among them are Ordinary Magic CIC, which was handed £200,000 to help with its therapy and play sessions for children and families across the borough, Everyone 4 Sport CIC, which was given £27,460 for its adapted sports programme for adults and young people with learning/physical disabilities who are experiencing mental health problems.

Solihull Down Syndrome Support Group, was also given £2,769 for weekly drama sessions and an end-of-term showcase.

The Inclusive Communities Fund is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Commonwealth Games Legacy Enhancement Fund, which is using the underspend from the Games to ensure the positive legacy is felt right across the region and for many years to come.

Heart of England Community Foundation is the administrator of the Inclusive Communities Fund across the region.

Tina Costello, chief executive of Heart of England Community Foundation said: “I feel so fortunate to have chaired the majority of the community grant panels, meeting new people with fantastic knowledge and experience of our region, and reading all of the wonderful applications we received.

“The range of activities is simply incredible, and I am so proud of everyone involved in helping us to deliver this funding to front-line organisations.

“The diversity of the organisations and projects we have funded will drive change and create real impact—a fantastic legacy from the Commonwealth Games. I’m really looking forward to seeing this impact come to life in the coming months.”

Richard Parker, Mayor of the West Midlands, added: “The Inclusive Communities Fund will touch the lives of many thousands of people right across the West Midlands.

“As Mayor, I want everyone to have the same opportunity to thrive. This fund and the wider Commonwealth Games legacy programme is putting money directly into the hands of these communities to help deliver their own solutions to important issues like health inequalities, social isolation and inactivity.”


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