The Tamworth Forever Community Fund is one of the 9 ‘community funds’ established by the Staffordshire Community Foundation. We aim to raise £500,000 to enable a minimum of £25,000 of grants to be given to Tamworth’s community and voluntary groups every year; the youth clubs, the elderly social groups, the amateur sports teams, the dance troupes, all the groups that do so much good for the district.
Every year hundreds of voluntary groups provide thousands of hours service to the borough of Tamworth. They help to keep the kids off the streets, they provide social contact and enjoyment for isolated members of society, they teach children new skills, they tackle disadvantage that statutory bodies can not.
All the money raised will be placed into a ‘Permanent Endowment Fund’. The money will be invested according to Charity Commission guidelines and the interest and dividends will be used to provide grants to the borough’s voluntary and community groups. Using 5% as a guideline it means that each year, and every year, we will be able to give away grants to the district totalling £25,000 and because of the way the fund is invested, this amount should increase year on year – forever.
Companies and individuals are welcome to donate or fund-raise for the fund, and every year we plan many fundraising events, all of which seek to involve the wider community – so its not just about raising money to benefit Tamworth, its about bringing people together to have a bit of fun whilst we’re doing it.
The Origin of the Fund
The Tamworth Community Fund was started in March 2010. Unlike other area funds, there were no applicable ‘dormant funds’ to kick-start the fund. However, the people of Tamworth showed their support and had raised over £500 within a week – impressive considering that the fund had not undergone its official launch.
Tamworth Borough Council, Tamworth Herald and Support Staffordshire (Tamworth) are all backingthe fund as they can see the long term good that the fund will bring to the borough’s many community and voluntary groups who do so much good for the area. It has also received backing from the MP, Christopher Pincher.
In September 2011, former Mayor of Tamworth, Lee Bates, made a donation from his own fundraising efforts of over £3000, which brought the fund to nearly £4000.
The fund was officially launched on Monday 11th June 2012 in the Great Hall of Tamworth Castle. By the end of the night, thanks to pledges from attendees, the fund stood at over £10,000.
The Staffordshire Community Foundation is an expert grant maker that specialises in high impact local giving. However, it is important to maintain a local influence, and so a panel of ‘Donor Advisors’ has been established to ensure that any decisions about the fund are made with a local input and influence. They help to raise funds and make decisions on who should benefit from the grants.
Currently the donor advisors for the Tamworth Forever Community Fund are;
Lee Bates - Former mayor of Tamworth, a trustee of the Staffordshire Community Foundation and a former borough and county councillor
Gary Phelps – Editor of the Tamworth Herald
Nicky Burns – Chief Officer of Support Staffordshire (Tamworth)
Karen Clancy – Partnerships Officer at Tamworth Borough Council
Phil Shanahan – Director of Enigma Communications
How To Support the Tamworth Forever Fund
Support for the fund usually comes in one of three ways; organising events, making the fund the ‘Charity of Choice’, making a donation or leaving a legacy.
Organising Events & Charity of Choice
Many people and businesses plan to make the fund the beneficiary of an event, and this is a really good way of getting involved. Not only can you run your own event, but you can benefit from the publicity and awareness that we can bring. We can meet with you beforehand and answer any questions you may have. What’s more, you can tell all of your participants that all the money raised will be going to make a difference locally.
Making A Donation
You can donate by cheque, by text or online using a credit or debit card or Paypal.
To donate by cheque
Please make all cheques payable to ‘Staffordshire Community Foundation’ and write ‘Tamworth Forever’ on the back and then send to;
Staffordshire Community Foundation, c/o Staffordshire University, Blackheath Lane, Stafford, ST18 0AD
To donate by text
Simply text Tamf14 plus your donation amount to 70070, so for a £5 donation you would text Tamf14 £5
There is no network charge for sending the text, but the donation will be added to your phone bill, so please get permission from the bill payer first.
To donate online
To leave a legacy
More and more people are now choosing to leave a legacy to a charity of their choice. For more information on leaving a legacy to the Tamworth Forever Fund please see the dedicated section on legacies here, or call us on 01785 353789.
Applying for a Grant
The Tamworth Forever Fund is still in a growth phase and will start awarding its first grants in 2015.