Festive Grants for community groups return to spread Christmas cheer in Tamworth

Councillors are hoping to spread some festive cheer again this year by handing out cash to support events, schemes or special projects that bring Tamworth residents together during the Christmas period.

As part of the Festive Grants scheme, £300 will be allocated to voluntary or community groups in each of the borough’s 10 electoral wards towards projects which boost community spirit and tackle loneliness.

Tamworth Borough Council is encouraging voluntary and community groups across the town to discuss proposals with one of their Ward Councillors, who will help complete and submit the application form.

Groups can submit applications to the maximum of £300 per ward. Application forms are available to download from www.Tamworth.gov.uk/grants and details of all Ward Councillors can be found at www.Tamworth.gov.uk/councillors.

All applications need to be completed and returned to the Ward Councillor by Thursday, November 1, who will forward all applications and supporting documents to Stephanie Ivey, Partnership Funding Officer at Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth B79 7BZ.

Applications will be considered at the Cabinet Grants Sub-Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 21.

Last year 15 groups were awarded grants of up to £300 in each ward. These groups included:

Cornerstone Supported Housing in Amington, who used £300 towards a Christmas outing for vulnerable young people and adults to the local bowling alley.

Manna House Foodbank in Bolehall received £150 towards purchasing Christmas food   supplies into food bank stocks that benefited approximately 15 families over the Christmas period.

Sacred Heart Church in Glascote received £300 to provide a Christmas meal for the senior citizens group before Christmas to help reduce social isolation.

Friends of Spital Chapel were awarded £150 towards the costs of organising a Christmas candlelight service.  

Cllr Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council said: “Christmas is a time of year that should bring people together and remind them that they are not alone. We want to help as many groups and organisations as possible support isolated residents this Christmas. Last year we successfully awarded 15 groups with grants and we hope to spread more festive cheer again this year.

“If your organisation or group is holding a community event, launching a scheme, reaching out to the community or is short of funding to help address isolation over the Christmas period, please contact your local borough councillors as soon as possible.

“Time is short to apply for funding so please get your bids in quickly and help make Christmas special for isolated residents of all ages.”