A PARTNERSHIP of organisations which works together to improve life for people living in Tamworth has a pot of more than half a million pounds to give away – and is now asking groups to apply for funding.
The Tamworth Strategic Partnership is made up of Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council, South East Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group and Staffordshire Police, through the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Locality Fund.
Each of the four partners has made funding available for projects to improve wellbeing in Tamworth over the next two years – with a total of £550,000 available to provide vital services for people in Tamworth.
The Partnership will fund projects which aim to improve wellbeing across Tamworth by creating stronger communities, reducing social isolation, raising aspiration, improving health and helping vulnerable groups.
The funding is available to private, public and voluntary sector groups and to those based outside the boundary of Tamworth – although projects need to be delivered within Tamworth and for the benefit of Tamworth people to be eligible. Bids for funding should not be less than £15,000 or more than £60,000.
The funding pot is split into four lots, which are:
- Lot 1 – Living Well, for projects which promote healthy living
- Lot 2 – Community Empowerment, for projects which engage with and empower communities to take control
- Lot 3 – Increasing Aspiration, for projects which make positive changes through raising aspiration
- Lot 4 – Early interventions for vulnerable groups, including homelessness prevention, drug and alcohol projects, help for older people to remain independent and reoffending reduction programmes.
Organisations which can deliver Tamworth-based projects that meet the criteria are now being invited to apply for funding, before the deadline of January 23rd 2015.
Councillor Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Community Development, said: “The Tamworth Strategic Partnership, working in this way, allows the four public sector organisations to bring together their funding and target it in a way which best benefits the people of Tamworth. By working closely with organisations across Tamworth, we have a much better understanding of what facilities and services our residents need.
“This will help us to achieve our priorities while ensuring support reaches those who need it. This funding will mean communities and businesses can access targeted services where they need them, and by providing money in this way the organisations providing them should be able to have a much bigger impact over a long period of time, as well as improving efficiency and reducing costs.”
Organisations which would like to bid for funding through the Tamworth Strategic Partnership for improving wellbeing in Tamworth is asked to bid through the In-Tend website at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/tamworthbc/aspx/Home by the deadline of January 23rd 2015. Full details of the funding available and the eligibility criteria can also be found on the website.
In the last round of commissioning funding this year, grants totalling £500,000 were given to Home Start, Tamworth CAB, Business Development Services Ltd, Samaritans, Shopmobility and Wild About Tamworth for three-year projects.