Eight locally-led projects designed to offer people new skills and new opportunities have been awarded more than £5m funding as part of the Government’s plans to level up communities.
These include skills training for those impacted by the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and projects to close gaps in support for key groups such as the over 50s and those with a history of offending.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), working in partnership with local councils and community groups, had submitted the bids to the Government’s Community Renewal Fund.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the West Midlands has secured yet more multi-million pound funding from Government to help us level up and recover from the pandemic.
“Whether it is providing young people with digital skills to secure those well-paid jobs that are out there, or targeting help to those left behind to help them achieve their true potential, this cash will make a real difference to the lives of people right across the region.
“A huge thank you and congratulations must go to those groups and partner organisations who have worked with us on their successful bids, and I am really looking forward to seeing these projects now come to life.”
Cllr Rajbir Singh, leader of Sandwell Council and WMCA portfolio holder for public service reform & social economy, added: “It is fantastic news. A host of very worthwhile organisations will benefit massively from this much-needed funding and I am very happy to see projects such as the Black Country 50 plus Partnership, are among the list of successful bidders.
“The allocation of more than £5.3m will help to support people, services and local communities right across the region.”
The projects awarded funding are:
The Government’s full announcement on Community Renewal Fund is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/200-million-boost-to-help-level-up-communities-across-the-uk