Now with a pot of 7 million, the fund matches successful crowdfunding campaigns of up to 10,000 as organisations look to use Birmingham 2022 as a catalyst to improve places and spaces to get active.
Our Places and Spaces fund is being boosted to 7 million as it goes nationwide to help communities across England benefit from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Originally launched in November, with 3.5m to cater for organisations from the West Midlands, we're now committing extra National Lottery funding to extend the fund across England and help community organisations make small-scale facility improvements that will help to develop places and spaces wanting to use Birmingham 2022 as a catalyst to improve community sport and physical activity.
While the fund is now available to applicants nationwide, four areas have been selected for targeted investment to support people to get, having been identified as areas of underrepresentation in activity figures.
These areas are Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear and Tees Valley, with this work forming part of ours, and the government's, levelling up agenda to tackle inequalities across the country - including health inequalities, that were worsened by the pandemic.
And for our chief executive Tim Hollingsworth, a home Games is an opportunity not to be missed.
Birmingham 2022 will be a festival of sport at the highest level, he said.
But for its true impact to be felt it must also be used as a catalyst to help communities all over the country get active, connect, and have fun.
By making our Places and Spaces fund available nationally, and focusing on areas with the greatest need, we're allowing organisations to provide brilliant new facilities in their local area to help tackle inequalities and allow everyone to enjoy sport and get active in outstanding environments.
Places and Spaces has been developed in partnership with Crowdfunder and will see us award match funding of up to 10,000 so eligible applicants who run a successful community crowdfunding campaign.
In addition to providing the crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder will also provide significant support to help organisations set up and run a successful rewards-based crowdfunding campaign that benefits their local community.