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BOSF September Newsletter

BOSF Social Events 2022

October - BOSF Conference at The Exchange, Centenary Square
                In partnership with the University of Birmingham
                Saturday 8th October

Please book your place now for our annual conference via Eventbrite by clicking here, or contact Sarah on
Please confirm if you have any dietary requirements or special needs

Almost full, only a couple of spaces left!

November - BOSF Coffee Morning on Tuesday 8th November at 11am
                   Hosted by the Friends of Ley Hill Park at Holloway Hall

December - BOSF Christmas Lecture at The Exchange, Centenary Square
                   In partnership with the University of Birmingham
                   Wednesday 7th December, evening

We look forward to seeing you soon!


BOSF Seed Corn Fund

To all BOSF Member Groups.

We hope you all know about our Seed Corn Fund and we would like to remind you that the free help and support is still there for you to use!

Just to remind you, a seed corn fund is when a little bit of money is invested to generate more money.

BOSF, with generous support from Birmingham City Council, want to help out Friends Groups by investing a little bit of money to generate more money for our parks and open spaces volunteers.

We can therefore offer you FREE help to work with Get Grants to help bring in the funding you need. 

Last year, with the help of Get Grants, we turned £10K in to over £100K.

This year we have already helped groups to bring in the total of £39,797, which has gone towards:
  • new picnic benches
  • playground equipment
  • new tools
  • and a variety of park activities!
Friends of Edgbaston Reservoir were one of the successful groups this year:

“We have been successful with two bids so far. Last year we had to move our operation from City Hospital greenhouses to James Turner Street. The £10k we got through the Seed Corn Fund enabled us to establish ourselves within a few weeks and just in time for the new growing season, to the amazement and delight of our school and community hub partners.

Because we have now embedded ourselves well and truly within the Winson Green community, we have also bid successfully for several thousand pounds to employ a part-time outreach worker to run our site and liaise with other community groups in the area.”

So, if you are a BOSF Member and your group needs to bring in funding, we can help out.

It is very easy, so start by clicking here and give us some information about your group and what you need funding for

Then Katie at Get Grants will be in touch to give you all the assist you need!

I you have any questions or need help, then please let us know by contacting Sarah at


Autumn Events at Highbury Park

Come and join the Friends of Highbury Park for their Autumn Events:

Blossom Tree Planting 
We are delighted to have been gifted some fruit trees by the National Trust as part of their scheme to encircle the number 11 bus route around Birmingham with blossom trees

We hope to plant the trees in the Henburys area of the park on Wednesday 5th October at 11.00am. We could really use some extra help so if you are able to come along please meet us in the car park. Tools for planting supplied but please wear appropriate clothing and bring gardening gloves if you have them
Fungi Event
Lukas Large returns on Friday 28th October at 10.30am to search for and identify fungi at Highbury. Come along to learn more. Meet in the car park. Free of charge and everyone welcome to this fascinating event.
Autumn Tree Walk
Join us for a gentle stroll around Highbury to enjoy the glorious autumn colours. 11.00am, Tuesday 1st November.  Meet in the car park. The event will be led by Alf Dimmock, Senior Park Ranger. Everyone welcome. Please wear suitable footwear for walking over uneven ground

Be Bold Local Element CIL Small Grants Fund

Overview - Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge which is levied by local authorities on new developments within a ward.  The levy/receipts available differs from ward to ward based on the type and size of development(s). The Be Bold Local Element CIL Small Grants Fund is aimed at supporting ward-based community groups and organisations who are: well-established in their local communities, have existing trusted relationships with residents and stakeholders and have a deep understanding of local priorities. Proposed activities must be linked to the priorities identified in the Ward Plan.
The wards that currently have CIL small grants funding allocations are:
Ward Amount of funding available Maximum amount which can be applied for
Ladywood  £20,000 £2,000
Harborne  £20,000 £2,000
Bournville & Cotteridge  £20,000 £2,000
Weoley & Selly Oak  £20,000 £2,000
Edgbaston  £20,000 £2,000
Newtown  £20,000 £2,000
Bournbrook & Selly Park  £20,000 £2,000
North Edgbaston £5,530 £1,000
Stirchley  £20,000 £2,000
Soho and Jewellery Quarter  £20,000 £2,000
Kings Norton North £6,062 £1,000
Bordesley & Highgate  £20,000 £2,000
Nechells  £20,000 £2,000
How to apply - Complete the short application form and email it to The deadline for applications is Wednesday 19th October 2022. Decisions will be communicated week commencing 5th December 2022. You will also find attached an overview of the fund including criteria, links to Ward Plans and Cllr contact details for the 13 wards.
What they can support - Small, local, grassroots organisations with an annual turnover of less than £50,000 will be eligible to apply for the fund to carry out activities in at least one of the 13 wards receiving Local CIL (detailed above). The proposer should have a group bank account or be able to identify a sponsor organisation to hold the funds of behalf of the group. Applications can include items such as activities, staffing, volunteer costs and equipment which will support your group or organisation.
Support available - The NDSU team will be holding 2 online information sessions in to provide an overview of the fund, discuss ideas and signpost to support available. The sessions will take place on Monday 26th September at 12:30pm and Monday 10th October at 6pm. To book your place to attend a session please contact
If you have any questions about the Be Bold Local Element CIL Small Grants Fund, please email and a member of the NDSU Team will be in touch.

Community Garden Grants

Funding to support the creation or development of community horticultural projects. 

The funding is for the creation of a garden or a similar project (such as an allotment) with horticultural focus for the benefit of the local community.

Individual grants are between minimum £500 and maximum £5000. Each application must itemise the details of the costs they are planning to cover.

Applications for 2023 will open on Monday 17th October

Click here to find out more and read the guidelines.

Get Grants 10th Anniversary

Get Grants want to bring together their amazing Fundraising Community to say thank you and celebrate everything they have achieved!
Throughout October 2022, they are offering a programme of FREE online events, discounts, and giveaways, culminating in an in-person Get Grants Get Together in November.

Their jam-packed programme includes lots of brand NEW training courses and events to get involved in.
View the full programme of events click here

All of our Get Grants 10th Anniversary events are FREE and can be booked via Eventbrite
  • 25% off all Training Courses throughout September & October.
  • 10 NEW FREE Introductory Fundraising Workshops
  • NEW FREE Mentoring Clinic Online event
  • Chance to win FREE Training Courses and Support Services at each event
  • Launching a NEW Community Fundraising Training Course
  • Special Get Grants 10th Anniversary Virtual Fundraisers Networking Event
  • Special Get Grants 10th Anniversary Get Together in-person event
As with all Get Grants events, there will be an opportunity to come together with like-minded people and share successes, experiences, and support with our UK-wide community of fundraisers. 

Click here to view all the events!

Update from the National Federation of Parks & Green Spaces

For protecting local green spaces under potential threat around the UK, these documents are very useful:

Guidance on designating a currently undesignated Local Green Space

Guidance on campaigning to protect green spaces generally:

Parks Community - How to campaign to save your green space
Fields in Trust - Resource for communities to champion green spaces

Most importantly ensure there is an active local Friends or other campaigning group for every local green space!

Greenspace underfunding crisis / value of Friends Groups / commercialisation controversies - media articles

Following discussions with the NFPGS chair and reps of other national organisations, The Guardian has published a series of articles this week:

Guardian Article - Funding for England's parks down £330m per year in real terms since 2010

Guardian Article - Desperate UK Councils hiring out more parks to festivals

How Can Cities Shape Up?

City design impacts the physical, mental, and social well-being of communities around the world. A new report prepared by WHO/Europe in collaboration with Gehl design agency looks at ways to promote physical activity and healthy diets in urban settings, thereby putting health and well-being at the centre of city planning.

One key aspect is the design of the urban environment, which can encourage healthier behaviours in cities, as can strong policies that pull in the same direction across sectors. The report shares initiatives and projects already under way to increase walkability, bikeability, and safety in cities across the WHO European Region.

Many cities took advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to implement actions related to urban transport and mobility, as well as access to urban nature and green spaces. In Tbilisi, Georgia, several events were organized to promote public awareness of the damage caused by gas emissions from traffic. This included pedestrianizing one of the main streets in the city for a few days to give citizens a chance to discover different options for street use.

Click here to read more!
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