The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme, supported by Birmingham City Council, will open soon for applications from community groups who want to create art and participatory projects, as part of the six-month festival of culture accompanying the Commonwealth Games.

The grants provide an opportunity for Birmingham residents to come together to co-create artworks, events and performances to occupy the high streets, neighbourhoods, parks, waterways, venues and civic spaces of the city.

Up to 150 individual community groups could receive grants of up to £20,000, with the goal to ensure that every ward in the city benefits from the £2 million fund. Encouraging artists and communities to work in partnership, the programme aims to be fully representative of the people of Birmingham with a panel of community leaders involved in the selection process.

Alongside established non-profit groups, first-time applicants are encouraged to apply and the Birmingham 2022 Culture Programme are ready to provide support and advice.

Lydia Harrington, grants programme manager (Cultural Programme), said: “We want to build a programme of creative projects that showcase the people that make Birmingham so special. We’re a diverse and young city so we want to see that in the people who lead and participate in the projects. Successful applicants will also be offered training to increase their confidence in applying for further sources of funding in the future.”

Martin Green, chief creative officer of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games said:“Birmingham City Council’s significant commitment to the Games culture programme will see the work of residents and organisations from across the city standing proudly and equally next to that of major cultural and artistic institutions from across the region.”