Voluntary, arts and sports groups across Tamworth have received a collective cash boost of more than £6,000 from Tamworth Borough Council.
Nine groups have each been awarded grants of between £450 and £600 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:
- £500 for Community Together CIC, a voluntary group who will use this Art Grant funding towards the cost of artist’s fees to build a bronze memorial statue to the Staffordshire Regiment which will be displayed in the castle grounds. The memorial will be a bronze replica of the regiment’s mascot dog Watchman.
- An additional £500 for Community Together CIC, has been awarded from the Voluntary and Community Grants scheme to host a launch event for the unveiling ceremony of the Staffordshire Regiment memorial statue. The ceremony will take place in Tamworth after a regimental parade through the town centre. The parade will include representation from a number of organisations including Scouts and Cadets. It is estimated that 500 people will be in attendance. The grant will help towards hire costs of a venue and provide refreshments and publicity for the event including the purchase of a brass plaque.
- £471.20 for Derventio Housing, an association that provides accommodation for adults who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. The Voluntary and Community Grant will fund welcome packs for new tenants. The welcome pack includes toiletries, towels, crockery and cutlery, alongside a starter food pack consisting of a few basic food items and a clean house pack – washing up liquid, clothes, toilet roll etc.
- £500 for Dosthill Park Wildlife Group, an organisation that helps to preserve and protect wildlife and improve wildlife habitats. The group aim to improve access for the public to wildlife and educational resources. The site is used by many people and the group link in with the Tame Valley Wetland Project. The Voluntary and Community Grant will be used for a number of purposes including; hire of a meeting venue, purchase of equipment and also to buy an oak tree and spring bulbs.
- £500 for Dosthill Scouts Group, towards refurbishment of the Dorcas Centre. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all use the centre which also provides a venue for a number of other community groups, including a pre-school play group, and is accessed by a wide age range of local people. The Scout group would like to replace and redecorate the toilets and replace ceiling lights.
- In addition, Dosthill Scouts Group has been awarded £500 from the Arts Grant for funding towards the cost of art materials to create a mural at the Dorcas Centre. The project will involve all the young people who access the Scouting groups at the centre.
- £500 for Tamworth Pantomime Company towards the cost associated with the hire of the big top tent for the recent Cinderella pantomime in the Castle Grounds. The pantomime provides an opportunity for local people to enjoy a festive production and it also gives the actors and volunteers the chance to perform and contribute to the community.
- In addition, Tamworth Pantomime Company has been awarded £500 from the Arts Grant scheme towards other pantomime stage and production costs.
Other Arts Grant Awards:
- £500 for The Coton Centre, towards the cost of upgrading the sound system at the centre and installing window blinds, to support with the development of a community cinema. The community cinema would show quality films at a low cost that the community could access. The upgrading of the system would also support with the ongoing development of the centre as a venue to run theatrical performances and drama workshops. A team of two volunteers will implement and oversee the project, and liaise with other local village cinema groups to help provide films for the community cinema.
- £500 for The Girl Guides – Tamworth, towards the decoration of a bus stop in Tamworth that will commemorate the centenary of girl guiding in the town. The grant will help towards the cost of artist’s fees and art materials.
Sports Grants Awards:
- £600 for Emma Pick, a triathlon swimmer from Tamworth Swimming Club, who has competed in the World Standard Distance Triathlon Age Group Championships in Rotterdam. The grant will help towards travel, hotel and race fee costs.
- £450 for Wilnecote Cricket Club, towards junior cricket equipment such as bats, helmets, pads and gloves. The club intends to set up a new under 9s cricket side. The club has lacked a continuous junior side for some years and the aim is to set up a sustainable junior section run by a team of volunteers. Long term the club aim to secure junior recreational sport for young people in the Tamworth community.
Cllr Steven Claymore, chair of the Cabinet Grants Sub-Committee, said: “We are always delighted to offer these small grants to continue helping and supporting these groups and individuals.
“Tamworth Borough Council really values the effort that all our local voluntary groups put in to make a difference in the community. We also encourage talented sporting individuals, helping to put Tamworth on the ‘international map’.
“If you have a community, arts or sports project that will help make Tamworth a better place, please get in touch.”
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.
To find out more about the grants, please contact Karen Clancy at Tamworth Borough Council on 01827 709709 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org