This programme is now closed to applications.
We only have a certain amount of funding to award
We get a lot of applications for worthwhile projects. This means we must make some tough decisions around what we can fund, when reading all the applications we’ve received. This means sadly there are often lots of applications we cannot fund.
Before filling out the application form make sure you also check who can apply.
Getting back to you
We'll get back to you with a decision within 6 weeks of the closing date. During our assessment process we’ll review your application and undertake our eligibility checks. Any ineligible organisations may be contacted prior to the application closing date.
If it's difficult or impossible for you to complete an application form
If you have any communication support needs contact us by emailing Community.Weekend@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
We’re happy to talk about alternative ways for you to tell us about your application.
What information you need to apply
We ask for the contact details, home addresses and dates of birth of two different people from your organisation. Both contacts need to have different email addresses.
One person should be someone we can talk to if we have any questions about your application. The other should be a senior member of your organisation, who'll be legally responsible for the funding. Both need to live in the UK.
These two people cannot be:
- related by blood
- married to each other
- in a civil partnership with each other
- in a long-term relationship with each other
- living together at the same address.
We ask for the legal name of your organisation - and its address. And what type of organisation it is
Make sure these are up to date and match up with any information or identity documents we ask for (when you get to the application part).
We ask for information about your organisation’s accounts or record keeping of income
We want to know the date your accounts wrap up each year and how much income you have.
If you do not have yearly accounts because you’re a new organisation (less than 15 months old), that’s okay. We can still look at your application.
Send us your bank statement
What we need
We ask for one bank statement dated within the last 3 months. So, we can check the account you want us to pay the grant into.
We'll not be able to assess your application if you do not have a bank account and bank statement that meet our requirements below and you’ll need to reapply once you have these set up. If you’re not sure contact us contact us by emailing Community.Weekend@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
- A bank account that meets our needs in our Financial Controls and Financial Governance Guidance
- A bank statement that meets our needs.
Our bank statement needs
The bank statement (or bank welcome letter if the account was opened within the last 3 months) must be uploaded:
- as one single file
- the file size limit is 12MB
- it can be a PDF, JPEG or PNG file.
and should show:
- the bank logo
- your organisation's legal name
- the address the statements are sent to
- your bank's name
- the account number and sort code
- the date the letter/statement was issued.
If all these details are on one page, just send us that page.
What else we would accept
If you have a new bank account opened within the last 3 months, we can accept a bank welcome letter instead of a statement. The letter must confirm the date the account was opened and all the account details.
If you’re unable to provide a bank statement, we can accept transaction listings, if they include everything we’d expect to see on a bank statement:
- the bank logo
- your organisation’s legal name
- the address your bank uses for correspondence
- your bank’s name
- the account number and sort code
- date the transactions listing covers.
We ask you for information about what sort of activity you’d like to do
and how it will help and involve your community.
What happens after you apply
The Mayor’s Community Weekend is a competitive fund and we expect to receive more applications than we’re able to fund. We are especially keen to fund events which:
- bring communities together – connecting and strengthening the relationships between neighbours and neighbourhoods
- celebrate the resilience and diversity of West Midland’s communities, particularly the role young people can play in communities
- bring together volunteers and promote volunteering
- create more chances for communities to enjoy green spaces.
Here are the main steps involved in reviewing and approving applications:
- You send us your application – we'll get back to you with a decision in around 6 weeks from the closing date. During this time, we look at your application and do our eligibility checks. You can find out more about the checks we do. We might give you a call to talk a little more about your application or ask for more information before we make a decision.
- If your application is successful – we'll send you an email with the good news. And we’ll put the funding in your bank account within 14 days (or sooner, if possible)
- You can start spending the funding on your activity and planning – you should spend the funding the way you said you would in your application (unless we’ve agreed to something different first). We might check in from time to time – to see how things are going. Find out more about managing your funding.
- Share your story – we will be in touch with guidance on how and when you can start promoting your activity for the Mayor’s Community Weekend.