Mayor’s Community Weekend - West Midlands

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This programme is now closed to applications.

On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2023, the Mayor’s Community Weekend returns to the West Midlands for the first time since the pandemic. This is a chance for communities and groups to come together to celebrate the strength and diversity of the communities across the region.

The Mayor’s Community Weekend encourages people to engage with their communities, bringing different groups together to strengthen connections and build new relationships.

We’re working with the Mayor of the West Midlands to offer groups up to £2,000 of funding to run events or activities, on the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September.

Communities or groups can apply for funding to run activities that celebrate and support building strong community relationships. We’ll prioritise grants that focus on one or more of the following:

  • bringing communities together – connecting and strengthening the relationships between neighbours and neighbourhoods
  • celebrating the strength and diversity of communities across the West Midlands, particularly the role young people can play in the communities
  • bringing together volunteers and promoting volunteering
  • creating more chances for communities to enjoy green spaces.

We're offering grants between £500 and £2,000 of National Lottery funding from a total available fund of £150,000. This will be open to all of areas of the West Midlands, which includes, Birmingham, Solihull, the Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Stoke and Staffordshire.

Events could include:

  • sports events
  • cultural events
  • litter picks
  • community gatherings such as picnics and celebrations.

Tell us the date

You need to tell us the date of your event in your application.

Suitable for
Voluntary or community groups
Funding size
Awards from £500 to £2,000
Application deadline

This programme is now closed to new applications. Applications closed at 12 noon, 7 June 2023


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

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

We need:

  1. A bank account that meets our needs in our Financial Controls and Financial Governance Guidance
  2. 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.

Here's a picture of the kind of bank statement we’re looking for.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Who can apply

Who can apply

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary and community organisation
  • constituted group or club
  • registered charity
  • charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • not-for-profit company
  • community interest company (CIC)
  • school (as long as your activity benefits and involves the communities around the school)
  • statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish and community council)
  • community benefit society.

We're particularly keen to see applications from small organisations and groups, and may prioritise these for funding.

Who we cannot accept applications from:

  • individuals
  • sole traders
  • organisations based outside the UK
  • one organisation applying on behalf of another
  • companies that can pay profits to directors, shareholders or members (including Companies Limited by Shares)
  • unconstituted groups.
The activities we fund

The activities we fund

Strong community relationships

We want to fund activity that celebrates and supports the building of strong relationships in and across communities. This is an opportunity to celebrate West Midlands supportive communities and neighbourhoods and improve communication between different groups.

Events by young people

We’re keen to see events led by and created by young people in their communities.

Bringing people together

We’d like community focused events, bringing people together who would not usually meet each other.

Long term plans

Events with plans for what will happen afterwards, to sustain relationships. This includes support for community-led projects, pocket parks and cleaner waterways.

If you have not been funded by us before

We encourage groups who have not received funding from The National Lottery Community Fund before to apply.

What you can spend the money on

What you can spend the money on

We’ll pay for costs between £500 and £2,000 towards events taking place across the West Midlands on the weekend of Saturday 9 September and Sunday 10 September 2023, but expect the average grant to be around £1,000.

Funding can pay for costs of setting up and running an event including:

  • staffing
  • insurance
  • transport
  • equipment hire
  • venue hire
  • volunteer expenses.

There are some things we cannot pay for, for example:

  • activities that happen outside the West Midlands region
  • alcohol
  • political or religious activities (we can fund religious organisations only if their project benefits the wider community and does not include religious content)
  • profit-making/fundraising activities
  • general organisational running costs, including repairs and maintenance
  • contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest
  • VAT you can reclaim
  • statutory activities.