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Background

Coventry City Council has been successful in securing funds as part of the Commonwealth Active Communities funding that is part of Sport England’s wider investment into the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The aim of the funding is to tackle inactivity in local communities and engage underrepresented groups by delivering activity in parks and green spaces, care homes and with street closures.

The Commonwealth Active Communities Fund through Sport England is managed by Coventry City Council in partnership with the Coventry Sport and Physical Activity Network. Following the pandemic, the effects of isolation across the city have created inequalities, exacerbating pre-existing barriers to physical activity as well as creating new challenges.

Successful organisations will be invited to join a network of ‘Coventry Moves’ providers to ensure collaboration amongst partners across the wider programme of activity.

The opportunity

The street closure element of the work will focus on delivering sports, physical and wellbeing activities in a hyper-local way in residential streets or areas. The aim is to support people to access sport and healthy lifestyle provision with the aim of reducing isolation and loneliness.

The vision is to deliver 22 street closure events across the city between May – September 2022. These dates have been identified as the most suitable relating to the potential of better weather conditions for outdoor provision.

In addition, there will be further opportunities for those organisations who wish to deliver continued hyper-local activity in streets and localities. This could be in the form of regular ‘Play Streets’ or other local activity decided by local people.

The Council will assist and provide relevant guidance throughout the process. Further information and clarification on the street closure process will be provided to organisations following the expression of interest stage.

Your proposal

The Council is looking to work with organisations based in Coventry that meet the following criteria:

  • Have a constitution
  • Be based in Coventry and accountable to the community that you are predominantly delivering services to
  • Be a not-for-profit third sector organisation – this includes voluntary and community organisations, co-operatives and mutual societies, non-governmental organisations which are value-driven to further social, environmental or cultural objectives
  • Schools and educational establishments are also welcome to apply
  • Be representative of the community you are intending to work with
  • If your organisation does not meet the above criteria but wish to be involved in organising a community event – please email declan.connolly@coventry.gov.uk.

We’d like to hear how your organisation can lead a community street event – and what is required in order to deliver this ambition.

Please feel free to apply for multiple locations based on your reach and ambitions (subject to local demand).

You will be required to submit your final proposal including costs at least four weeks in advance of the date of your event. Applications that are submitted with less than four weeks' notice may still be considered but please email declan.connolly@coventry.gov.uk to discuss this in the first instance.

What next?

For more information and to submit an expression of interest, please complete this online form.

To request an offline copy or to discuss your application, please email declan.connolly@coventry.gov.uk.