Last weekend I met up with Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority, and he told me more about his ‘Mayor’s Community Weekend’ on 30 June – 1 July 2018. It may be of interest to local groups across my Aldridge-Brownhills constituency and with this in mind, details are below: –

Are you a community group with a community event on over the weekend of 30 June and 1 July 2018?

If so, you might be eligible to apply and secure a grant of up to £500 as part of the West Midlands Mayor’s Community Weekend.

The West Midlands Combined Authority are working in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund to offer grants of up to £500 to groups who want to run an event.

The event can be anything that brings your local community together such as organising a community picnic in the park, a community sports day, volunteering for gardening duties, community open days or community painting.

Anyone – whether you’re a fully constituted organisation, a small informal group that already exists, or even just a few people from a local community coming together for the first time can apply for funding.

To apply you can either submit a short video (up to three minutes) or complete a written online application (up to 500 words).

You’ll be asked to answer the following three questions:

  1. What event will you be holding, and how will the money be spent? (100 words)
  2. Who will be attending, and to what extent will they be involved in the delivery of the event? (200 words)
  3. How will this bring your community together? (200 words)

If you want to apply you need to do so quickly. The Mayor’s Community Weekend is open for applications until 9am on Monday 16th April.

To apply, please use this link –