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Festive grants will help spread some seasonal cheer as they make a return

Wed 16 Oct 2019

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.

The Festive Grants scheme is a pot of £3,000 cash waiting to be divided between 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 Friday, November 1, who will forward all applications and supporting documents to Jackie Hodgkinson, Partnership Officer at Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth B79 7BZ.

Last year 13 groups were awarded grants of up to £300 in each ward. These groups included:

Heart of Tamworth in Bolehall, who used £300 towards two events: Thursday lunch club at Manna House and the Wednesday lunch club at St George’s Methodist Church. £100 was used for Christmas food supplies into food bank stocks to benefit families over the Christmas period.

Manna House Day Centre in Wilnecote, received £100 towards a Christmas lunch and transport for people living with dementia and their carers.

Community Together CIC in Stonydelph, received £300 to host four befriending events to bring together members of the community over the Christmas period. The funding helped cover the costs of room hire, refreshments and entertainment at St Martin’s Church. All attending also received a mini hamper with activities people can do at home.

Friends of Spital Chapel in the Spital Ward were awarded £200 towards the costs of festive decorations and refreshments for people attending Christmas services. 

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 13 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.”