New cash boost given to voluntary groups across Tamworth

Wednesday, 24th April 2019

VOLUNTARY, arts and sports groups across Tamworth have received a collective cash boost of nearly £4,400 in the latest round of grants from Tamworth Borough Council.

Six groups and six individuals have each been awarded grants of between £40 and £500 from the Voluntary and Community Grants scheme, the Arts Grants and Sports Grant awards.

The grants are given to help organisations and individuals develop and provide services for the residents of Tamworth.

The latest grants are:

Voluntary and Community groups:

  • £500 for Amington Fete Committee to help towards the costs involved with running the event. The grant will help encourage community spirit and engagement. It will enable local voluntary organisations to promote their services and help that is available to residents, in a fun, inclusive friendly environment.
  • £67.88 to Mr Colin Robbins towards the cost of a pool table for social activities at Ankermoor Court sheltered housing scheme in Bolehall.
  • £500 for Choices CIC who offer a counselling service to young people. The grant will be used towards the purchase of equipment for an art therapy project. Items include a thermal binder, binding cover and a thermal glue stick.  
  • £350 for Together 4 Tamworth Charity Association, who aim to bring together the Tamworth community and raise funds to support local charities. The grant will be used towards the purchase of equipment for the Tamworth Carnival, including a gazebo, tin can alley and other stall equipment.

Arts groups grants: 

  • £500 for Community Together CIC, towards equipment costs for materials for a community ‘Tamworth in Bloom’ project. The grant will purchase 150 knitting packs and wool to produce a knitted ‘Tree Cosy’ and ‘forget me nots’ that will be placed around Tamworth Castle Grounds. The knitted forget me nots flowers, will also form part of a Dementia awareness campaign.
  • £500 for MD Creative to develop and establish a podcast to showcase new writing from local artists. The grant will help towards the costs of artist fees, venue hire, production costs and materials.
  •  £500 for Shoebox Theatre, to research the stories associated with Tamworth’s historic buildings and to develop these into poetry, images and videos that will be shared on social media. The grant will help towards the costs of artist fees, advertising and materials.

Sports Grants:

  • £500 to Ajay Benning, an American football player who plays for the Great British Lions Under 19 squad. The grant will help towards travel costs and equipment.
  • £500 to Lucy Wheeler, a member of Tamworth Athletics Club. The grant will be used towards the cost of travel expenses to the regional and national competitions.
  • £250 for Samuel Ferris, a BMX rider who is competing in regional and national competitions.  The grant will help towards the cost of equipment and travel.
  • £40 for Kevin Stokes towards the cost of a cricket coaching qualification to use as a volunteer at a local club to help increase cricket participation.
  • £160 for Laura Robeson towards the cost of a Leadership in Running Fitness qualification.

Grants are available to community and voluntary organisations, arts and sports projects, which run in the borough, to enable them to develop and continue to provide their vital services. Talented sporting individuals, helping to put Tamworth on the ‘international map,’ are also encouraged to apply.

For more information please visit www.tamworth.gov.uk/grants, or contact Stephanie Ivey at Tamworth Borough Council on 01827 709709 or email: stephanie-ivey@tamworth.gov.uk