New cash help given to voluntary groups across Tamworth

Friday, 13th April 2018

VOLUNTARY, arts and sports groups across Tamworth have received a collective cash boost of nearly £8,000 from Tamworth Borough Council.

Eleven groups and one individual have each been awarded grants of between £500 and £1,500 from the Voluntary and Community Grants scheme, the Arts Grants and Sports Grant awards.

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

The latest grants are:

Voluntary and Community groups:

  • £500 for Pennymoor Pre-School Nursery, a registered charity that provides affordable childcare for children aged 2-4years. The funding will be used towards the costs associated with the rental of the building.
  • £500 for Together 4 Tamworth Charity Association, who offer support to organisations within the borough through raising funds and revenues for them. The grant will be used to purchase pennant flags for Tamworth Carnival event. 
  • £1,000 for Radio Tamworth, a local community radio station run by over 30 volunteers, which replaced TCR FM in December 2017. The funding will help towards the costs of licencing, internet, studio equipment and music costs.
  • £1,000 for Vincent District Girl Guides, who are decorating a bus stop as part of the wider ‘Catch Art’ project taking place around the borough. The guides will design an eye catching bus stop and the grant will help towards the costs of materials and an artist to deliver a workshop to support the project.
  • £500 for Heart of Tamworth community project – Sacred Heart Church towards the replacement of the double doors to the main community room. The room is regularly used by 1,500 people weekly and the existing doors are now not fit for purpose.
  • £500 for Parkinson’s Disease Society Support Group, an organisation that aim to bring local people with Parkinson’s and their carers closer together through sessions involving exercise and socialising to form a stronger Parkinson’s community in Tamworth. The grant will help toward room hire costs and the purchase of a portable PA system and publicity materials.
  • £500 for The Tamworth and District Civic Society towards the costs associated with The National Service of Commemoration for the 1100th anniversary of Aethelflaed at St Editha’s Church in June. This includes the purchase of banners, sashes, printing, postage and toilet hire.
  • £500 for Friends of the Lakes, a group who aim to improve and enhance the wildlife and site of the lakes for the community to enjoy. The funding will help towards the cost of purchasing fleeces with branding/logos to raise group awareness, two new bench kits and wildflower seed and bulbs.

Arts groups grants:

  • £487.70 for New Urban Era who organise Tamworth Urban Arts and Sports Festival that has been running for the past seven years. The festival includes more than 70 street artists from across the UK painting at Tamworth’s graffiti tunnels and on boards at Tamworth skate-park. The funding will help towards the cost of artist’s materials for the festival.
  • £500 for Arts for Health – South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.  A project set up to engage service users at the George Bryan Centre in art activities. Service users will work with a local artist to design and develop a piece of art work that will be used to enhance the bus shelter at Tamworth train station, supporting the other ‘Catch Art’ projects across Tamworth. The grant will help towards the cost of artist’s fees and production costs. 
  • £500 for Lady Meadow Women’s Institute, towards the cost of acrylic paints for plastic poppies and tie wraps to be displayed at the celebrations of the end of WW1. The WI will be decorating the castle with poppies, making a visual art display of recycled plastic poppies from plastic drinking bottles, which will cascade down the outside castle wall. Local schools, Brownies, Guides and Scouts will also be involved in the project.
  • £1,500 for Meghan Beesley, a local athlete who has been selected to represent England in the Commonwealth Games. The grant will help towards the cost of travel to the Commonwealth Games and accommodation.

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.

To find out more about the grants, please contact Stephanie Ivey Tamworth Borough Council on 01827 709709 or email: