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The Inclusive Communities Fund

A legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

Creating a lasting legacy for the West Midlands: The Inclusive Communities Fund is a direct result of the budget surplus from the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Through the Fund, £9million will be awarded to community-based organisations across the West Midlands, enabling access to exciting opportunities and fresh funding.

Empowering Communities

The Inclusive Communities Fund will support local communities to propose and implement solutions to real issues in their areas, allowing local people to drive positive change

Working in Partnership

The Fund is administered by the Heart of England Community Foundation alongside United By 2022, who will engage and support community organisations to successfully apply for a slice of the funding.

About The Fund

The Fund shares the four original core mission principles of the Commonwealth Games:

  • Bringing people together
  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Helping the region to grow
  • Putting the region on the map
Find out more about The Inclusive Communities Fund

The what & the where

Grants will be available for works, activities and services that will contribute to the four core missions, and which fall within one or more of the following three themes:

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

The Fund will be available to communities in the following Local Authority boundaries:

  • Birmingham
  • Cannock Chase
  • Coventry
  • Dudley
  • Redditch
  • Shropshire
  • Tamworth
  • Telford and Wrekin
  • Sandwell
  • Solihull
  • Walsall
  • Warwickshire
  • Wolverhampton

Grant Thresholds & Application Periods!

All grant thresholds will be open for applications from 6th November 2023!

Application deadlines:

  • Small Works and Refurbishment Grants close on 4- 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 4-January 2024

United By 2022 can support your successful application!

Resources: Head on over to our Resources page, where you will find recordings of the Inclusive Communities Fund Webinars, as well as Word versions of the application forms. You can also check out our FAQs below.

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