New grants to encourage participation in Commonwealth Games sports have been launched in Liverpool to mark Commonwealth Day 2017.
Liverpool City Council is inviting non-profit organisations and community groups across the city to apply for bursaries of up to £500 for sporting initiatives.
The aim of the project is to bankroll schemes which drive up participation among local residents, particularly in activities which are often overlooked such as judo and archery.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has set aside a funding pot of £10,000 to support the initiatives.
The news follows reports that Liverpool could step in as hosts for the 2022 Commonwealth Games after the South African city of Durban bowed out due to financial constraints.
Councillor Tim Moore, mayoral lead for sport, says: “The mayor has made our Commonwealth Games ambitions very clear over recent months and with our sights set on hosting the event in the future, we want to ensure that our communities really engage with the games and feel like they are playing a part in our bidding process.
“We know Liverpool has many community groups and local clubs who do amazing work and we want to be able to help support them in staging new activities that not only promotes getting active, but also raises the profile of the Games.
“I hope organisations across the city make the most of this opportunity and I look forward to seeing the activities taking shape over the forthcoming months.”
Interested parties should download an application form from www.liverpool.gov.uk/cwg and describe their projects in no more than 150 words. The application deadline is 5pm on Thursday 13 April.
Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration held by all 52 countries within the Commonwealth on 13 March. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event.