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BOSF March Newsletter

BOSF Virtual Socials

It is great to see so many of you at our virtual Coffee Mornings and Tea Tmes. If you have not been to one then we woud love to welcome you to join us. They will be run every two weeks.

Come and join the discussions!

BOSF Coffee Morning on Wednesday 10th March at 11.00am
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The, the next BOSF Tea Time is on Tuesday 23rd March at 4.00pm
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If you have any questions about downloading or using Zoom, then please contact Mat on

We look forward to seeing you there!

Celebrating Communities Fund for Commonwealth Games

Residents and community groups now have the chance to apply for money from a £2million fund to help people in all 69 of the city’s wards feel involved with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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

Grants will be available to run initiatives which deliver against one of three themes:
  • Get Active – encouraging communities to get out and get active by participating in sports and recreational activities.
  • Ready, Steady, Fun – delivering community projects to ensure a local area is Games ready
  • Celebrating Culture – developing community-led cultural events and initiatives that encourage intergenerational activities.
The deadline for Round One applications is 1 June 2021. Ward Forums and community voting will then take place to select the successful bids between July and September, with projects then commencing in October.

An application process for Round Two will then get underway with projects being selected and going live in early 2022.

Click here to find out more!

Update from Naturally Birmingham

Naturally Birmingham are happy to announce thier Future Parks Accelerator Update for February. This has been a busy month for the team preparing for the Mid-Point Review, they have summarised progress in the programme so far and outline the plan for delivery in the future – there has been a huge effort from everyone to assemble all the required paperwork, ready for the review panel later this month.
The deadline for the Earth Stories Grant has been extended for organisations that would be interested in helping them collect stories from residents from underrepresented areas of our community. The new deadline for return of the expression of interest form is the 12th March, and stories need to be with us by the 4th May.

Click here to read the full update.

Free Garden Wildlife Guide

The Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust has created a Garden Wildlife Hero Guide full of ideas to help you create a wildlife-friendly garden.

Click here to get your free guide, and they will also send you more inspiration on how to be a garden wildlife hero and loads of information about the wildlife to look out for around you by email.

From something simple like letting a corner of your lawn grow long, through to building a pond or creating a container garden if you're short on space, they have got the perfect ideas for how you can welcome a little more wildness into your life this year!

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