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Your Chance to Apply for share of £2000 grant pot

Wed 16 Oct 2019

An historic Tamworth charity fund which was set up to help improve the lives of residents is inviting individuals and organisations to apply for a share of this year’s £2,000 pot.

Tamworth Borough Council has run Tamworth Municipal Charities since 1868. It was established by philanthropists who wanted to help relieve financial hardship for local people at a time when state assistance was non-existent.

Over the years it has provided financial aid to those in need, typically awarding grants of between £100 and £500. Initially, this took the form of cash handouts but has also included the provision of washing machines, cookers, disabled aids, help towards the cost of visiting relatives in hospital, or respite care.

The funds are created from the authority’s returns on investments. The board of trustees consider requests for help from people in need who live in Tamworth, or from organisations which offer help and support to those in need.

Over the years the fund has helped individual residents and organisations such as Dosthill Boys Club, the RAF Association, the Heart of Tamworth charity, the Friends of Spital Chapel, the Starfish Project and Tamworth’s Darby and Joan Club.

Last year’s beneficiaries included Home-Start to provide Christmas lunches for homeless young mothers; the Make Lunch Project to provide hot meals and fun activities for families in need during the school holidays and five individual residents.

Anica Goodwin, Tamworth Borough Council’s Executive Director Organisation and Secretary of Tamworth Municipal Charities, said: “This charity fund is a lasting legacy from the town’s ancestors and has helped hundreds of people and organisations over the years. While it’s only relatively small, the fund can make a huge difference to those in need, which is why it has continued for more than 150 years.

“The festive season is fast approaching, and this can put even more pressure on the purse strings, so I would encourage any individual residents who need a bit of extra help to apply.

“We also have a fantastic voluntary sector in Tamworth and encourage applications from those voluntary organisations and charities who need extra funding to help deliver their vital work in the community.”

The closing date for applications this year is Friday, November 8. The charity trustees will then meet on November 13 to consider how grants will be allocated.

All applications should be made in writing to the Secretary to the Trustees, Anica Goodwin, Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth, B79 7BZ.

Applications from organisations should include a copy of the latest statement of accounts.