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Grants available for community projects in Birmingham

Grants available for community projects in Birmingham

Social care and health charity change, grow, live (CGL) is inviting Birmingham charities and not-for-profit groups to apply for grants of up to £2,500 to support their work in the community.

The grants scheme is designed to help improve the lives of adults (over 18s) experiencing difficulties with substance misuse, including their families and carers. It launched last June and seven organisations have so far received grants.

Grant recipients so far have ranged from football teams to a lunch club for vulnerable adults. All the successful applicants run projects or activities that benefit the community in Birmingham, and somehow help people who have drug or alcohol addictions, through physical activity or positive mental wellbeing.

CGL is now seeking more organisations to apply for funds, which must be spent within 12 months of the grant being allocated.

Priority will be given to applications from organisations whose proposals meet the following objectives:

  • Reductions in reoffending
  • Improved housing
  • Improved parenting
  • Increased levels of employment
  • Effective child safeguarding
  • Improvements in physical and mental health

Kirsty Mason from CGL said:

“We’ve seen what a difference these projects can make in the lives of the most vulnerable people in Birmingham, something as simple as a being part of a football team or a lunch club can change the direction of someone’s life. We’re looking forward to working with more organisations in coming months who are deserving of a grant that can make a real difference in the local community.”

Applications can be made via the change, grow, live website, and will be considered by a change, grow, live panel, led by service users and supported by senior staff.

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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