New cash boost given to voluntary groups across Tamworth

Voluntary, arts and sports groups across Tamworth are starting the New Year with a collective cash boost of £6,500 in the latest round of grants from Tamworth Borough Council.

Seven groups and one individual have each been awarded grants of between £300 and £2,000 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 Changes Tamworth, a group offering peer support mentors and workshops that cover mental health wellbeing. The grant will help towards the cost of utility bills for the venue.
  • £500 for Coton Green Evangelical Free Church, which runs a Tamworth mentoring project that aims to provide morning and afternoon activities for young people dealing with issues affecting their mental and emotional wellbeing. The activities will include fun and interactive story telling. The grant will help towards the cost of providing art and craft resources and costumes and props for eight planned sessions.

Arts Grants:

  • £500 for District Scouts, towards the costs associated with the Annual Gang Show performance, including artists’ fees, production costs and materials.
  • £2,000 for New Urban Era, towards the costs associated with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of NUE, through outreach activities supported in partnership with Community Together CIC and Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team. The grant will help pay for visual arts, music and dance activities, including artists’ fees, production costs and materials.
  • £500 for Tamworth Hastilow Festival, towards the costs of advertisement, publicity and adjudicator fees for the annual festival.

Sports Grants:

  • £500 to Monty Orton, a competitor archery sports person who has represented England twice in the past 12 months. The grant will help towards the cost of equipment, travel and accommodation to the 2020 competitions.
  •  £1,700 for UTX Academy, to cover the cost involved with extending their ‘free running’ activities during the school holidays. The sessions take place at Tamworth Olympic Gymnastics Club and enable young people to experience Tamworth’s first purpose built, free-running environment.
  • £300 to Willow Scott-Bradley, a Tamworth Cricket Club volunteer, who is looking to develop a girls’ junior cricket team. The grant will cover the cost of a coaching 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 Jackie Hodgkinson at Tamworth Borough Council on 01827 709709 or email: Jackie-hodgkinson@tamworth.gov.uk.