New cash help given to voluntary groups across Tamworth

Friday, 9th November 2018

VOLUNTARY, arts and sports groups across Tamworth have received a collective cash boost of nearly £15,400 in the latest round of grants from Tamworth Borough Council.

Nine groups and five individuals have each been awarded grants of between £350 and £5,000 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 Cruse Bereavement Care and their project for bereavement support offered through a coordinated, targeted programme, provided by trained volunteers. The project supports children, young people and adults. The grant will be used towards the costs associated with running the project including training, volunteer expenses, publicity materials and communication costs such as telephone, postage and stationery.
  • £1000 for Belgrave Allotment & Community Garden. The allotment project has been running for four years and has a dedicated team of volunteers that have transformed a plot of land in Belgrave into a thriving and productive community allotment. The allotment grows a wide variety of vegetables and fruit which is utilised by the volunteers, and also harvested, cooked and served at community events. The grant will help towards the costs of wood for a potting shed and the purchase of a greenhouse; this will enable volunteers to propagate plants and vegetables and work in inclement weather.
  • £350 for 1122 (Marmion) Squadron Air Training Corps and their project aimed to develop the cadets in adventure training, outdoor activities and field craft. The grant will help towards purchasing a British Army Field Kitchen 5 Burner Stove.
  • £500 for Tamworth Trading Card Gaming Club to support a project that offers children and young people with additional learning needs the opportunity to develop social and communication skills through trading card games and co-operative board games. The grant will help towards the cost of room hire for the Saturday club to run activity sessions and to purchase one starter pack and playmat.

Arts groups grants:

  • £500 for Tamworth Literary Festival, taking place from March 4, 2019. It will provide the opportunity for a number of authors, biographers and artists to engage, educate and entertain audiences in several venues across Tamworth. The grant will help towards the costs associated with the festival, including artist fees, venue hire, advertising and publicity.
  • £500 to artist Andy Nash to deliver art workshops at the George Bryan Centre. The workshops will enable service users to create innovative art work, which will include the use of poetry and inspirational messages of hope and support. The finished art work will be displayed on the platform fences and walls of Tamworth train station to enhance the area and also promote positive wellbeing. The grant will cover costs of artist fees, production costs and art materials.

Sports Grants:

  • £3,500 for Tamworth Cornish Rowing Club to develop a new rowing club in Tamworth.
  • £1,000 for Peel Road Runners to help develop two courses to coach people to be able to run 5km and 10km. Coaching will be given so that at the end of the first course (Couch to 5k) participants can attend events such as Parkrun and be part of a running community. At the end of the second course (Bridge to 10k) participants will have the option of joining the club to help support their continued development of running.
  • £5,000 for Sons of Rest to improve the interior of their club house to attract more members from isolated or home alone environments. The grant will also replace old kitchen cupboards and decorate throughout giving a fresh inviting look and purchase additional equipment for use in its social and bowling activities.
  • £1025 for Tamworth Cycling Club to provide half of the funding required for ten cyclists to attend a British Cycling Leadership Course Award level 1& 2.

Additional sports grants have also been awarded to individuals in the following areas:

  • Thomas Randolph from Tamworth AthleticsClub £500 towards travel and accommodation to the national championships competition.
  • Monty Orton from Meriden Archery Club£500 towards expenses related to entering the regional, county and national championships.
  • Isabelle Neville from Tamworth Athletics Club£300 towards travel and expenses to the Midland and national championships.
  • Nathan Harris for UKU Ultimate Frisbee Championships£200 towards travel and coaching costs.

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 at Tamworth Borough Council on 01827 709709 or email: