Grants available to bring communities together - The Leamington Observer

Grants available to bring communities together

Leamington Editorial 1st Mar, 2020 Updated: 1st Mar, 2020   0

COMMUNITY groups are being urged to apply for their share of £100,000 worth of funding to celebrate community spirit in Warwickshire.

This year’s West Midland Mayor’s Community Weekend is on Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5, this year and it is hoped there will be more than 200 celebratory events throughout the region.

The cash has been made possible thanks to a partnership between the West Midlands Combined Authority and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Grants of up to £500 are on offer to groups across the region including Warwickshire.




The aim of the weekend is to bring people and communities together. It will encourage people from all walks of life to build stronger community bonds by holding events such as street parties, a sports festivals or a picnic in the park.

West Midlands mayor Andy Street said the community weekend had been a real highlight of his term and he was delighted funding for events in 2020 had been secured to keep the scheme going.


“From street parties to pop-up sports games, neighbourhoods across the region always take full advantage of the Mayor’s Community Weekend, and I believe it is a great example of the creativity and togetherness that the West Midlands possesses.

“I would encourage new groups to come forward to organise an event for 2020, making our third Community Weekend the biggest and best yet.”

Nicola Thurbon, senior head of regional funding for the Midlands at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We’re really excited to be part of the Mayor’s Community Weekend for a third year.

“We’re sure the weekend will continue to be a success across the West Midlands, creating memorable experiences, boosting wellbeing and sparking new friendships.”

Funding applications need to be in by 9pm on March 22.

Visit tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/mayors-community-weekend and www.wmca.org.uk/MCW for more information and to apply.

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