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Town Grants


Warley Woods Community Trust 

Warley Woods Community Trust is an established organisation that was formed in 1997.  The group is a registered charity providing sustainability of the Warley Woods park for the local community. The Community Trust will deliver a range of activities for people of all ages in the community; including – picnic’s in the park, dog shows and tree walks.

The project funding is requested help contribute towards an arts project to benefit local people of all ages and backgrounds over a 6-month period.

The project will fund artists to deliver workshops to enable people to connect better with the park and enable people to have a sense of ownership and get involved in making Warley Woods better place.

The group were awarded £1,998.85

Smethwick Raiders FC

The project application received from Smethwick Raiders F.C is from an established organisation who have been running for over 10 years and provides a safe environment for young people to get involved in football and physical activity.

Town Grants funding has been awarded for purchase of –

• Equipment purchase – Bibs, training balls and cones
• Funding towards completion of (x6) Level 1 coaching courses for coaches

The organisation encourages players from all social and racial groups in Sandwell and aims to develop new players from this grant.

The group were awarded £2,052.97

North Smethwick Development Trust

North Smethwick Development Trust is a community development organisation that work out of the Brasshouse Community Centre in North Smethwick. The centre acts as a focal point to work with the local community to identify needs and provide services/activities that work to address local issues.

The project application received from the North Smethwick Development Trust is for funding to help support free community meals for local people and for housebound or very vulnerable people (meals will be delivered directly to people’s homes).

Following the Coronavirus the organisation has reviewed its delivery of the project to reflect social distancing and safe working practices for preparation and delivery of meals.

The group were awarded £3,091.10

Countershade CIC

Countershade CIC is an established organisation that has been operating since 2012. The group is an environmental and social heritage arts education CIC. 

The group provides a range of activities for people of all ages in the community, specifically working with schools to raise awareness of the environment in a creative way. 

The project funding is requested to work with a diverse range of people from the local community and aims to collect heritage stories, create a pop-up tent to tell the stories and publish stories to make more people aware of the project. The funding will contribute towards materials to deliver the project.

The group were awarded £518.53

The Dorothy Parkes Centre - Community Allotment Plot

Dorothy Parkes Centre

The Dorothy Parkes Centre is a well-established organisation based in Smethwick. The centre provides a wide range of activities for people of all ages in the local community. 

The project funding is requested to support the costs of a development worker for six months. The aim of the project is to develop the Community Allotment Project, with the aim of a community allotment plot being transformed from an overgrown site to a fully accessible community allotment plot that can be used as an outdoor community classroom and by all members of the community. 

The group were awarded £3,000.00

Ileys Community Association - Ileys Soup Kitchen Night

Ileys Community Association

November 2019

The project application received from the Ileys Community Association is from an organisation based at Victoria Skills Centre in Smethwick.

The request for funding is to support delivery of a weekly youth club session and additional day in the week for the running of a soup kitchen. The soup kitchen will aim to provide an open access service and will offer a range of classes from seasonal cooker and preparing healthy family meals offering cuisine from different areas of the world.

The funding requested from LAB is for purchase of an oven, cooker and extractor fan, a food counter, marketing costs and volunteers to receive training in a level 2 food safety course and workplace first aid and the purchase of food and ingredients.

The application also requests funding for a Project co-ordinator for the duration of the project (24 weeks) and this role will support clients and volunteers.

The group were awarded £3,997.52

Bangladeshi Islamic Association Smethwick  - Better Healthier Future 

Bangladeshi Islamic Association

The project application received from the Bangladesh Islamic Association is from an independent charitable organisation based in Lewisham Road in Smethwick.

The request for funding is to support delivery of the different areas of the project. This includes the cost of a cooing and yoga tutor; ingredients and sports hall hire. The cooking sessions will be a practical demonstration of cooking different healthy foods and information sharing to both men and women. The cooking sessions will aim to be innovative and give people new skills or develop existing skills and the project will be open to people of all ethnic backgrounds.

An event will be held to celebrate the success of the courses and to recognise the learning journeys that local people participating have competed over the duration of the project.

The group were awarded £3,695.73

Hadley Stadium Community Cycle Club

September 2019

Cycling UK is an established organisation that aims to improve health and wellbeing, reduce social isolation and help people develop their skills and have fun.

The funded requested from the Town Grants team funded three volunteers from Sandwell to participate in National Standards cycle training and gain National standard instructor accreditation. This has enabled the participants to gain a qualification. The project was based at the new Hadley Stadium Cycle Club in Smethwick.

The group were awarded £1,440

Filipino Festival

July 2019

The project application received from the Birmingham Filipino British Community Volunteers (BFBCV) is a funding contribution towards the purchase of gazebos only for Birmingham and Sandwell West Midlands Filipino Festival 2019 which was held at Lightwoods park in Smethwick on the 6th and 7th July 2019.

The request for funding was to support a one cost for a non-profit event that aimed to encourage people to experience and understand the Filipino culture.

The event included a parade that showcased the evolution of traditional costumes and an opportunity for the public to taste different dishes from different provinces and food products.

The group were awarded £1,500.


Borough-wide projects

Smethwick is also benefiting from a number of borough-wide projects funded by town grants.

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