The eyes of the world were on the West Midlands for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
A global audience of more than a billion received a warm West Midlands welcome as the region became home to more than 5,000 athletes across 20 sports between 28 July and 8 August 2022.
The effective organisation and delivery of the Games last summer meant the event came on time and under budget.
Following discussions with Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, and ourselves, the UK Government has decided to invest the remaining £70 million into the region to enhance the legacy and ensure the benefits continue their positive impact for many years to come.
The UK Government requires the CWGLEF to be spent by 31 March 2025. The fund is divided into four pillars of activity, based on the legacy programmes from the Commonwealth Games. They are:
Economy, trade and tourism
Culture and heritage
Wellbeing and sustainability
Funding is being spent across the region through a combination of open grants, grants aligned to existing funding and direct funding awards to local authorities and regional partners.
Our overarching aim is to ensure that we make the most of this unique opportunity for the region, building on the positive impacts of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
We want to ensure a meaningful legacy that contributes to a fairer, prosperous, greener and more inclusive West Midlands for everyone.