West Midlands distributed £11.8million through Commonwealth legacy fund - The Coventry Observer

West Midlands distributed £11.8million through Commonwealth legacy fund

PROJECTS across the West Midlands have been distribute a total of £11.8million through a Commonwealth Games legacy fund – including £1,899,252 across Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Heart of England community foundation have announced its distribution of 388 grants.

Inspired by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the fund supports community-based organisations, offering them access to new opportunities and legacy funding from the Games.

The Foundation has processed over 1,300 applications totalling over £71million.

The fund is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Commonwealth Games Legacy Enhancement Fund, which uses the money left over.

Tina Costello OBE, chief executive of the foundation said: “I feel so fortunate to have chaired the majority of the community grant panels, meeting new people with fantastic knowledge and experience of our region, and reading all of the wonderful applications we received.

“It’s exciting to see the development of local projects working with people in every part of the region.

“The range of activities is simply incredible, and I am so proud of everyone involved in helping us to deliver this funding to frontline organisations.

“The diversity of the organisations and projects we have funded will drive change and create real impact—a fantastic legacy from the Commonwealth Games.”

Richard Parker, mayor of the West Midlands, added the fund and the wider Commonwealth Games legacy programme is putting money directly into the hands of these communities to help deliver their own solutions to important issues like health inequalities, social isolation and inactivity.

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