West of England Groups Can Still Apply for Community Games Grants
It’s not too late for community groups in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire to apply for funding to hold a community event in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Quartet Community Foundation and Wesport (the West of England Sport Trust) launched the West of England Community Games Fund in May to support communities that want to hold sporting and cultural activities that are inspired by, and in celebration of, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Community events should reflect the core values of the Olympic and Paralympic movements and provide an opportunity for everyone in the community to participate. The concept behind the Community Games Fund is that it allows communities to organise their own Games in a way that works for them, whether it’s a contest or providing an opportunity to try something new, and celebrates the uniqueness of their community.
Small, local, voluntary and community organisations that are based and working in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire may apply for grants of up to £500. It is not necessary to be a registered charity, but the group’s work must have charitable aims.
Wesport Chief Executive Steve Nelson said at the launch:
"What I love about the Community Games is that it allows us to turn the London 2012 Games from something that is happening in London into something that is happening in every street, district, village, town, community centre and workplace. With the launch of this fund today, we can help make this a reality."
There are no application deadlines, and groups should receive an answer within a month of submitting a complete application form.
Interested groups must first register their event on the Community Games website. Once the registration is complete, they can download an application form from either the Quartet Community Foundation website or the Wesport website.