Funding awarded to West Midlands’ institutions in 2017 reached its lowest point since 2010, an analysis by Birmingham Eastside shows.
According to the data from 360Giving, the total amount awarded to West Midlands’ organisations in 2017 dropped by 44% compared to the previous year.
Over the last decade, regional funding increased sharply between 2010 and 2012, but it has been decreasing since then. The region has lost 79% of the aid since a peak of funding in 2012.
Only four towns -Bromsgrove, Warwick, Lichfield, and Wolverhampton- got higher financial support in 2017 than in 2012.
Tamworth in the top position
Beneficiaries from Tamworth received, on average, the highest aid in the region during 2017. These institutions got 68% more funding than those from Birmingham, the second-biggest area by amount per organisation.
This gap between the local authority which received the most and the second-highest on the list was biggest in 2010 and 2012. Tamworth and Worcester took twice as much money as Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford, respectively.
The main funders
More than two-thirds of the grants awarded over the last ten years came from just two organisations: The Big Lottery Fund and Sport England. Only in 2012, the Department of Transport became the biggest source of grants.
The main case of concentration
In 2011, Ecorys UK received 60% of all the grant money awarded in the West Midlands. That came from a £64 million grant by Sport England.
Birmingham City Council received in 2012 a quarter of all funding in the region through several programs; UK Athletics took 17% in 2013, and England Athletics got 13% in 2017, both also through different projects.
See below who received the highest grant per year within their cities.
The data comes from the GrantNav portal, managed by 360Giving. The organisation openly shares the funding information awarded across the UK by more than 80 of the main grant-makers in the country.