The Tamworth Municipal Charities, which has been run by the Borough Council since 1868, exists to improve the lives of Tamworth residents.
The charity tends to award grants between the sum of £100 and £500. The charity was originally founded by philanthropists to relieve financial hardship for local people at a time when state assistance was non-existent.
Over the years it has provided financial assistance to those in need. Originally 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 returns on investments and the trustees consider requests for help for people in need who live in Tamworth, or from organisations which offer help and support to those in need.
In 1909, the fund gave away £5.50 to Tamworth Hospital and in 1949, 289 people were each given four shillings at the Assembly Rooms. In later years, organisations including Dosthill Boys Club and Home Start received grants.
Tony Goodwin, Tamworth Borough Council’s Chief Executive and Secretary of Tamworth Municipal Charities, said, “For more than 140 years, this charity fund has helped hundreds of people and organisations needing some assistance. While only relatively small, this fund can make a huge difference to those in need and consequently, I would urge people to apply.”
The closing date for applications to the fund is November 18. The Charity Trustees will then meet on November 20 to consider allocation of the funds. All applications should be made in writing to Anthony Goodwin, Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth, B79 7BZ and applications from organisations should include a copy of the latest statement of accounts.