Community groups and schools in Aston, Ladywood, Nechells, Soho and Sparkbrook can apply for grants of up to £1,500 for projects designed to get local people walking.
It’s part of the ‘Walking Cities’ project organised by national charity Living Streets and Birmingham City Council to encourage people to benefit from being more active. The grants will fund innovative ideas that get more people walking or improve the walking environment for local people.
Living Streets Project Manager Christy Acton said: “Walking is the cheapest, simplest and most accessible form of exercise. Most of us probably need to be more physically active – especially after the festive season – and getting together with friends or neighbours for a walk is a fun and sociable way to do it.
“Any not-for-profit organisations, community group or schools are eligible to apply for a grant which might help to establish a walking group, hold an event to get people to sign up or perhaps buy equipment.”
Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy at Birmingham City Council, said: “A key part of ‘Birmingham Connected’, our 20-year vision for the future of transport in the city, is to encourage more people to walk by improving the local environment for pedestrians.
“However, there is no time like the present to start thinking of innovative new ways to get people walking. I hope that as many eligible organisations as possible will take advantage of this funding opportunity, which could make a real difference to the communities they serve and help change the way many of us travel around Birmingham.”
To take part in the Birmingham Walking Challenge or for more information, please visit www.livingstreetschallenge.org.uk/birmingham. The deadline for grant applications is Friday, 23 January.
At the same time, Living Streets and Birmingham City Council are launching the Birmingham Walking Challenge, encouraging people to register on the same webpage and log their walks from the beginning of January 2015.
Notes to the editor
- Living Streets is the national charity that stands up for pedestrians. With our supporters we work to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets, where people want to walk.
- ‘Walking Cities’ is a partnership project between Birmingham City Council and Living Streets to get people walking more in the 5 disadvantaged wards in the city. The project is funded by the Department of Health.
- We have been the national voice for pedestrians throughout our 85 year history. In the early years, our campaigning led to the introduction of the driving test, pedestrian crossings and 30mph speed limits.
- Living Streets runs successful projects to encourage people to walk such as WoW
- (Walk Once a Week), Walk to School, and Walk to Work Week. Visit the Living Streets website to log your miles, see your calorie expenditure and see how you’ve helped the environment.
- We influence decision makers nationally and locally, run successful projects to encourage people to walk, and provide specialist consultancy services to help reduce congestion and carbon emissions, improve public health, and make sure every community can enjoy vibrant streets and public spaces
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