Further grants awarded to support community green spaces in the West Midlands

Three more organisations have successfully secured funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority to help better connect their local communities to nature.

All Saints Action Network in Wolverhampton, Marsh Hill Allotments in Stockland Green, Birmingham and Northfield Stroke Club in Birmingham have each received funding under the WMCA’s Community Green Grant scheme which helps green space poor communities improve their existing open spaces and enhance the local environment.

Each organisation will collect between £3,000 and £25,000 for their project. To date, nine community focused groups have been awarded a small grant since the scheme was launched in January 2022. Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said:

“The funding we’ve been able to award via the Community Green Grants scheme has been a wonderful way to help local groups provide better access to nature for local people.

“Covid underlined just how beneficial local green spaces can be for the physical and mental wellbeing of residents so I’m pleased local people will be able to enjoy the projects being carried out. I congratulate them all.”

Under the scheme, the WMCA has set aside £725,000 for community interest groups and companies, charities, and environmental organisations that can show how their planned activities will have a positive impact on their local surroundings.

All Saints Action Network was granted just over £20,000 to transform an unused car park into a family playground which will also include a wildlife pond and habitat and bird boxes to increase biodiversity. Maureen Johnson, trustee at All Saints Action Network, said:

“We are more than delighted to have been awarded this grant. Through this funding, our All-Saints Family Playground will be transformed into a space that connects families with nature and helps children learn about the environment and natural habitats. 

“Local specialists will work with us in building a pond that attracts wildlife and develop a planting scheme bringing colour, vibrancy, and life to what was a disused car park.”

To enable as many people as possible to benefit from the grants, the WMCA is working in partnership with regional charity Heart of England Community Foundation, which is supporting the application and appraisal process.

More information on the grants came be found on the WMCA website.


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