Bromford's Big Block Party

Mayor’s Community Weekend

Bromford's Big Block Party
What it’s all about

On the weekend of Saturday 29 June and Sunday 30 June 2019, events will be taking place across the West Midlands to celebrate the Mayor’s Community Weekend. The aim of this is to celebrate diversity and bring people together – we want to encourage people to go out, engage in their local communities and increase social interaction.

We’re working in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority to offer £100,000 of National Lottery funding to groups who want to run an event. They can apply for grants of up to £500 to fund either the full cost of a small event, or as a contribution towards the cost of a larger event.

The Mayor’s Community Weekend took place for the first time in 2018 and we’re looking forward to building on last year’s success.

What we want to see

We want to fund events that seek to bring different communities together, celebrating diversity.

We’re keen to see that events are led by people. This means that the people in your community are part of the design and delivery of your event. Show us that you’ve spoken to them, taken on board their ideas and got them involved in your activities.

We’re also keen to see events that are community focussed, bringing people together who wouldn’t usually interact, and events with a long term vision, with plans for what will happen afterwards, looking at how relationships will be sustained.

Who can apply

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. All we ask is that the event takes place in one of these areas within the West Midlands:

Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, Worcestershire

If you aren’t constituted, we’ll ask you to complete a very simple set of rules which will help you run the group, make decisions about the event and manage any money given to you. This will only last for the duration of the weekend.

What you can spend the money on

We will pay for costs up to £500 towards events taking place in the West Midlands on the weekend of Saturday 29 June to Sunday 30 June 2019.

There are some things we can’t pay for, for example:

  • activities that happen outside the West Midlands
  • items or activities you have already paid for before you get a decision
  • items which only benefit an individual
  • alcohol
  • political or religious activities
  • profit-making/fundraising activities
  • general running costs, including repairs and maintenance.
How to apply

Applications are now closed. Applications made after 9pm on Sunday 17 March 2019 will not be considered for funding.

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

You’ll be asked to answer the following four questions.

  1. What event will you be hosting and why? (up to 150 words)
  2. Who will be attending, and how will they be involved in designing and delivering the event? (up to 150 words)
  3. How will you make people aware of your event and encourage them to attend? (up to 100 words)
  4. How will this bring your community together? (up to 100 words)

We’ll also ask you how many people you expect to attend, and in what postcode the event will take place.

If applying in writing, we recommend that you prepare your answers to the questions first before applying online as it’s not possible to save your progress.

If you have any queries, please contact us via e-mail at If e-mail isn’t possible, you can call our Midlands Hub on 0121 345 7800.

How we make our decision

The Mayor’s Community Weekend is a competitive programme and we expect to receive more applications than we’re able to fund. We are especially keen to fund events which;

  • Bring different communities together
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Involve people in the design and delivery of the event.

We have adapted our approach to make sure that there is a fair spread of events across the West Midlands.

When to apply

The Mayor’s Community Weekend is open for applications from 9am on Friday 22 February 2019 to 9pm on Sunday 17 March 2019.

Any applications that are incomplete at the deadline date will not be considered.

We’ll tell you if you’re successful within five weeks of the closing date.

This will give you time to buy anything you need and to prepare for your event.

If you get funding

Grants will be provided via a prepaid card that you can use to buy items for your event. We will be able to monitor your expenditure to check you have spent the grant as described in the application.

After the event, if money is not spent, this will automatically be returned to The National Lottery Community Fund to go towards other good causes.

Take photos and videos of your event as we’d love to see them afterwards. We may also visit the event to celebrate with you.

If there are any changes to your event please let us know as soon as possible by emailing