Four projects are being put forward by the city council for funding consideration should the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games be delivered under budget.
A report to the council’s Cabinet on June 28 outlines details of the proposals, which would be formally put to Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) should underspends materialise.
The four proposals (detailed below) cover funding for grassroots sport and cultural organisations, the creation of a new museum for science and industry, a long-term study tracking the impact of the Games on local people and financial support for a bid to host the European Athletics Championships in 2026.
The ideas all align with the City Council’s Birmingham 2022 legacy plan ‘Delivering a Bold Legacy for Birmingham’, published in December 2021, which is itself linked to the Council Plan and has set out over 80 projects to be delivered over the short, medium and longer term.
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Although the Games are still a month away, we are now at that point where we need to look at what happens beyond the event.
“I’ve always been clear that Birmingham 2022 is more than 11 days of sporting action – that’s exactly why we have assembled this menu of options, looking at how any underspent money can be best uses to maximise the legacy of the Games for the people of the Proud Host City.
“If the funding becomes available, these proposals are bold in their detail and cover a broad range of activities and areas, to ensure the benefits of hosting the biggest event in our city’s history continues to be felt for many years to come.