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Celebrating Communities Small Grants Funding Scheme

Celebrate the Games YOUR way!

Residents and community groups now have a second chance to bid for a slice of a £2million council fund created to help people celebrate the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Celebrating Communities Small Grants Funding Scheme has been assembled by Birmingham City Council to maximise the benefit and legacy of being the Proud Host City for the Games.

Ideas are being welcomed from all 69 of the city’s wards to ensure everyone feels involved with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – regardless of whether they have a competition or cultural event in their neighbourhood or not.

Wards with one councillor will receive between £11,100 and £17,500. Wards with two councillors will receive between £22,200 and £35,000.

The deadline for Round Two applications is 30 November. Ward Forums and community voting will then take place to select the successful bids between February and March of next year, with projects then commencing in April 2022.

Find out more & apply 

Stunning Queen's Baton revealed

The Queen's Baton for Birmingham 2022 has been revealed.

Birmingham 2022 unveiled the design of The Queen’s Baton and details of the international route for the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay on 29 September.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities from across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.

The Relay begins on 7 October 2021 at Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will place Her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. The Baton then takes on an incredible 294-day journey through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth, arriving back in England in July 2022.

The Baton was conceived in an innovative Birmingham and West Midlands collaboration that fuses art, technology, and science.

The Baton will travel an epic international route, spanning an impressive 269 days, spending between two and four days in each nation or territory, covering approximately 90,000 miles having over 7,500 Batonbearers trusted with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the Baton.

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Don't miss out! 

Don't miss out enter the Birmingham 2022 ticket ballot

There's only a few hours left to apply for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games tickets. 

More than one million tickets priced £22 or less are available for the biggest multi-sport event to be held in the UK since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The main ticket ballot closes on Thursday 30 September at 8pm (BST).

The Games, which will be held in 14 venues across Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond, will feature 19 sports and eight Para sports - the biggest sports programme in Commonwealth Games history - and will be staged from 28 July until 8 August 2022.

Tickets for the Games start at £8 for children and £15 for adults and applicants will find out in October if they have been successful in securing tickets.

Enter the ballot

Athletic stars visit Alexander Stadium

Laura Muir and Kadeena Cox test out the new warm-up track at the Alexander Stadium

Olympic 1500m silver medallist, Laura Muir and double Paralympic gold medallist, Kadeena Cox made a special visit to the Alexander Stadium in September to see for themselves the progress being made on the redevelopment of the venue.

Both athletes tested out the recently laid warm up track and announced that they intend to compete at Birmingham 2022 next summer.

“I can’t believe this is the same stadium!” said Muir, who will be representing Scotland.

“The transformation is amazing, and it is fantastic that we now have this incredible revamped athletics facility in Birmingham.”

Cox, who is targeting the T38 100m for Team England added: “I know Team England will be looking to win as many medals as possible at this home Games, and with a noisy, passionate crowd to inspire us once more, I’m sure the atmosphere will be fantastic.”

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Birmingham 2022 Festival 

Cultural dance to celebrate the launch of the Birmingham 2022 Festival

The first details of the Birmingham 2022 Festival - a six month celebration which will spotlight creativity and culture in Birmingham and the West Midlands has been announced.

Running from March to September 2022 as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the festival will feature hundreds of creative commissions across the city and region including art, photography, dance, theatre, digital art and more. 

The full programme for the Birmingham 2022 Festival will be launched in January.

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A blinding appointment

A picture of the creative team that will deliver the Opening and Closing Ceremonies

The creative team that will deliver the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of Birmingham 2022 has been revealed.

Birmingham-born Peaky Blinders creator and writer Steven Knight CBE is amongst a stellar six-person team assembled to deliver this once in a lifetime showcase event for the city.

Iqbal Khan, Maeve Clarke, Joshua ‘RTKal’ Holness, Misty Buckley, Hamish Hamilton and Knight have been brought together by Birmingham 2022’s Chief Creative Officer Martin Green CBE, who led the Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies in London 2012.

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Volunteer Selection Centre opens

Perry at the Volunteer Selection Centre at the Library of Birmingham

The Volunteer Selection Centre for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opened at the beginning of September.

Over 25,000 people are expected to pass through the doors over the coming months.

The application process opened in June and thousands of people from Birmingham, the West Midlands, and further afield have applied to become part of the ‘Commonwealth Collective’; a community of passionate and dedicated people who will play a vital role in delivering the Games in just under a year’s time.

The Volunteer Selection Centre, located in the iconic Library of Birmingham, offers a 90-minute experience for potential volunteers, with an exhibition about the Games and a cinema room, alongside a 30-minute interview.

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