Community First Grants for North Solihull Groups Open to Applications

A quick post for you all, to let you know that Solihull Sustain have announced that the Community First Neighbourhood Matched fund has re-opened in three areas of North Solihull.

Grants range from £250-£2,500 and are available for local projects that work towards each area’s priorities.

Projects applying to the Matched Fund must also match the amount they apply for with other contributions – in-kind, volunteer time or cash.

Details of the programme in each area are available on their respective websites:

The closing date for applications in each area is 12 noon on 4th October 2013.

Don’t forget if you fit the criteria of the Community Enterprise for Success project we can help you develop your application and you may also be entitled to apply for the Community Enterprise for Success Kick Start grant of up to £2000.

Good luck!

RBS Inspiring Youth Enterprise Awards Open

The Royal Bank of Scotland has opened the next funding round of its Inspiring Youth Enterprise programme to support not-for-profit organisations that help young people (aged 13 to 30 years ) start their own business.

The maximum grant of £50,000 (deadline 16/09/13). The RBS Inspiring Enterprise programme offers resources to support the inspiration of entrepreneurs including in particular young people, women and social enterprise:

Good Luck.

Expressions of Interest Requested








Chelmund’s Space is a council owned asset set within a £9m new-build, multi-functional building within the Chelmund’s Cross Village Centre.

This building will house Bishop Wilson School, St Andrews Church, Excellence in the Community Centre, Healthcare offices and Chelmund’s Space.

The purpose of Chelmund’s Space is to provide a self-contained facility which can be used to benefit the local community. The benefit can be social or economic; or even both. Initial enquires have been made by social enterprise organisations.

Solihull Council are inviting expressions of interest from organisations who wish to utilise the Chelmund’s Space and can demonstrate that their activities are financially sustainable, ethical and in keeping with the surrounding users of the new Chelmund’s Cross Village Centre.

The Physical Space 85sq meters Unfurnished No other fixtures and fittings Access controlled Separate WC facilities Tile floor area Small area with plumbing – potential kitchen use Own metering for measuring electricity / water use Glass / transparent walls / good natural light Shared lobby Adjoining doors to church


  • Deadline for Expressions of Interest – 27th July 2013 Discussion with Council Officer – w/c 29th July 2013
  • Invitation to present and provide business plan will be sent by 5th August 2013
  • Final decision 30th September 2013, subject to suitable user being identified.


Chet Parmar – Stewardship Officer
Economic Development & Regeneration
Places Directorate
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Telephone: 0121 704 6894

More information

Call for Expression of Interest Chemund’s Space

Finance for Your Business

Solihull Council and partners Finance Birmingham and Blythe Valley Innovation Centre invite local businesses to a free workshop outlining the latest financial support available for local companies, including:

– Business Loans
– Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative Funding
– Business Grants
– Business Angel Funding

Date: Tuesday 16th July, 8.30am – 10.00am

Location: Blythe Valley Innovation Centre, Central Boulevard, Blythe Valley Park, Solihull, B90 8AJ

To reserve your place, or for more information, call the Business Investment Team on 0121 704 6151 or email

Safeguarding Children Voluntary Sector Half Day Conference

The Local (Solihull) Safeguarding Children’s Board has organised a conference specifically for the Voluntary & community Sector.

This half day conference is aimed at managers who work in voluntary & community sector settings which employ staff (including volunteers) to work with children/young people.

When on 3rd July 2013.

For more information see

or to book this course go to