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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Grants


Wednesbury Baptist Church

Wednesbury Baptist Church Kitchen Improvements

Wednesbury Baptist Church in Vicar Street in Wednesbury offers a range of community activities from coffee mornings, stay and play sessions, lunch clubs, friendship groups and worship (as well as many other activities).

Wednesbury Baptist Church applied for CIL funding to improve their kitchen to allow them to hold more community activities and develop opportunities for local people in Wednesbury. 

Wednesbury Baptist Church plan to offer more cooking-based activities including the possibility of healthy eating sessions and classes in the future. This potentially includes opening on Christmas day to supply a Christmas dinner for local people who live alone.

The group were awarded CIL funding of £2,500.00.

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Wednesbury 2000

Opening up Wednesbury 2000

Wednesbury 2000 have received CIL funding to bring a local and historical building back into use. This will enable other local organisations to utilise the projects and facilities that Wednesbury 2000 offer.

The CIL funding will allow for completion of repairs to the fire exit stairwell from the ground to the first floor. This will enable other floors of the building to have safe access to support development and usage in the future.

By opening up this space it will give local individuals, businesses and organisations affordable space to deliver their services in Wednesbury Town Centre.

The group were awarded CIL funding of £4,200.00.

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Friar Park Millennium Centre

Friar Park Millennium Centre Sensory Room

The Friar Park Millennium Centre in Wednesbury have received CIL funding to purchase equipment for their recently developed sensory room. The Friar Millennium Centre plan to allow the onsite nursery, families and the Looked after Children Team to book the sensory room for use.

The facility will also be used for the junior youth club which is inclusive to all and the Project will benefit users with additional needs who attend this club and will be offered to the Special Need School that is being built next to the Friar Park Millennium Centre in the longer term.

The CIL funding will be used to purchase a projector, sensory toys, bubble machine, sensory table (with activities) and chairs or beanbags.

The group were awarded CIL funding of £3,575.30.

Friar Park Millennium Centre


Sky Force FC

Sky Force Football Club Equipment

Skyforce F.C is an organisation recently established in 2017 and the club aims to get youths off the streets and playing football in a fun and safe environment. The club has a diverse membership and is looking to extend their project through further training and will ensure the safety of the children, volunteers and parents in a post COVID-19 environment.
The one-off purchase of essential football equipment will enable the safe running of the club and re-start of training and matches following COVID-19. It is planned that football games will be played across various pitches in Sandwell from Autumn 2020 onwards.

CIL funding is requested for purchase of football nets, footballs, crowd barriers, corner posts and other more minor items to support the delivery of the project.

The group were awarded CIL funding of £975.69.

The Parish of West Bromwich, St James and St Paul
(Known locally as St James Church)

Youth club and Media suite project

The Parish of West Bromwich, St James and St Paul (known locally as St James Church) were awarded CIL funding to enable the group to offer a new and innovative multi media suite for use at their youth club.

The equipment will be available for free use by youth club members. The equipment will teach users to produce videos, create and edit music to a professional standard opening up potential career paths.

A number of volunteers (several of whom have extensive musical skills) will provide support, advice and backing tracks.

The youth club will also be able to purchase other technological equipment and traditional youth club equipment offering young people an interesting sociable place.

The group were awarded CIL funding of £3,917.05

St James


Wednesbury Bowls Club

Wednesbury Bowls Club Facilities  

Wednesbury Bowls Club has received CIL funding to purchase an accessible portable toilet for their bowling green site on Hydes Road which had no toilet facilities.

The club hopes that the new facilities will encourage more people to play and that teams will be able to compete in leagues.

The group were awarded CIL funding of £1,200

Wednesbury Bowls Club


The Friends of Brunswick Park

Brunswick Community Day

The Friends of Brunswick Park is a long established Organisation and are now registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Their mission is to promote the use and development of Brunswick Park in Wednesbury. 

The Friends of Brunswick Park applied for CIL funding to support the activities that are run in the Brunswick Park.

The CIL funding has helped fund sports equipment e.g. netball, rounders, balls etc to encourage more users into the park by providing activities. 

The CIL funding was used to purchase new sports equipment and support Community Events the group undertake and promote the tree trail to users.  

The group were awarded CIL funding of £1,878.10

St Francis Church

Church Hall Refurbishment 

St Francis Church is a hub of the community based in Friar Park. The Church Hall provides space for a variety of activities including Coffee Mornings, Bingo and Quiz evenings, a Bereavement Support Group and Local Community Social Events. 

The organisation has been successful in receiving CIL funding to help develop their “Place of Welcome”. They have purchased tables, chairs and light exercise equipment. The furniture will also be used by other community groups at the Church Hall.

The CIL funding will help the organisation encourage more people to join the Place of Welcome meetings and allow other groups to benefit from the new facilities.

The Group were awarded CIL funding of £2,914.33.

Wodensborough Amateur Boxing Club

Boxing & Gym Equipment

Wodensborough Amateur Boxing Club are a well-established Boxing Club which has been operating since 2010.The club has an established history of boxing pedigree, with many members winning Midland and National titles. 

The club runs 6 days a week and run classes for ages from 7-years old up to 60+ years. 

The club has received CIL funding to increase the amount of boxing and exercise equipment they have. The addition of the treadmill, rowing machine and the spin/exercise bike, as well as boxing equipment will allow more people to use the gym for boxing and keep-fit sessions. 

The Group were awarded CIL funding of £4,144.00.

Wednesbury Sons of Rest

Banquet Chairs 

Wednesbury Sons of Rest was established in 1938. The Hall is used for various groups; Carers (Mental Health) Support Group, A Tenants Association, Sons of Rest Group and many more.

The Sons of Rest Group have received CIL funding to purchase 40 banquet style chairs. These will improve the facilities at the Hall.

The improved facilities will allow the hall to be used by new groups and local residents, as well as helping to increase its membership.

The Group were awarded CIL funding of £1,153.60.

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Friends of Goldicroft Park

Village Green 

The Friends of Goldicroft Park are a recently established group, in response to the proposed development on Goldicroft Park. Local residents have come together to encourage additional use of the green space. 

They have received CIL funding to help  purchase tools, sports equipment, a generator and gazebo to be able to organise sports and community events and activities.

The new facilities will encourage local residents to utilise this green space further  and demonstrate the importance of keeping Goldicroft Park as a green space for the community to enjoy.

The Group were awarded CIL funding of £914.57.



Beyond Blue Counselling Service

Breakthru was established in 2016 and is an organisation that works with communities and individuals in the Sandwell area. They aim to bring people together, encouraging wellbeing both mentally and physically and assisting social inclusion. This is done through various groups and sessions.

The Organisation currently provides approximately 600 counselling sessions per year, via their Beyond Blue Counselling service, at their current office, but all of these are on a 1 to 1 basis.

The group have received funding for furniture; a sofa, chair and table, to allow them to offer counselling at Wednesbury Library. This will allow them to increase their counselling services to include couples and families, meaning a significant increase in the numbers of sessions they can offer.

The group were awarded CIL funding of  £1,247.

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617 Sandwell Air Scouts

Young Peoples Access to Camping 

617 Sandwell Air Scouts is a voluntary organisation formed in October 2017, which supports children and young adults from the age of 4.
The Scout Group currently has limited capability to go on camping trips. When they do, they are limited on the number that can attend. They also have to hire cooking equipment, which makes the cost restrictive.
The scout group has received CIL funding to increase the amount of camping and cooking equipment they have. These facilities will enable the complete Scout Group to go on camps together and it will reduce the cost of the camping trips.

Group were awarded CIL funding of £2,533.22.

Central (& Woods) Methodist Church

Everyone welcome drop in

The Central (& Woods) church has been established since the 1700’s and the community centres being operational for about 25 years. They currently offer a wide range of religious, sporting, youth and social activities for the local community. 

The Central (& Woods) church want to utilise their 2 halls, one at Spring Head and one at Woods, to increase its support for the local community and to extend their services by offering ‘Drop-in’ sessions, for people who want some friendly social interaction and activity.

The group has received CIL funding to purchase water boilers, toaster, coffee machine, fridge, microwave and grill. These facilities will enable the group to set-up the new ‘Drop-in’ sessions offering hot drinks and light refreshments at their 2 centres.

Group were awarded CIL funding of £2,973.88.






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