Council reveals success of Commonwealth Games Community Fund
Birmingham City Council has published an impact report into last summer’s Commonwealth Games, after it invested £6m.
The Commonwealth Games Community Fund was created to help connect residents of the city to the Games, with initiatives designed, led and delivered by local people and organisations for their communities.
The fund was divided into five areas: Creative City, Celebrating Communities, Physical Activity, Stronger Communities and Youth Engagement through a mix of small grants programmes and support to directly commissioned projects that aligned to both the council priorities and Games mission pillars.
The council says key highlights from the report include:
- 106 Creative City projects showcased talent as part of the six-month Birmingham 2022 Festival – with more than 19,000 participants.
- 263 Celebrating Communities projects took the Games celebrations to every ward in the city. 72% of the projects were in the city’s most deprived wards.
- 70 Active Streets and eight Community Games were delivered.
- More than 117,000 Birmingham school children experienced the Games through lessons, mascot visits, celebration days and more.
- 22 Heritage Trails were created.
- 49 young community journalists trained.
Cllr John Cotton, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The eyes of the world were on Birmingham last summer for an unforgettable Commonwealth Games, and we were always clear that the event was about much more than 11 days of sport. It was also about celebrating Birmingham, and the people and communities that make this such an amazing city.
“That’s why we invested £6m into a Community Fund to deliver activity across Birmingham. We wanted to take the Games celebrations to local communities, to give our residents the opportunity to celebrate the Games in their own way.
“The Community Fund provides a strong base for us to build on the success of the Commonwealth Games and realise our legacy ambitions to become a world-class major events city.”