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12-02-2010

Good news for charities in south Birmingham as Moseley Round Table have money to give away. But if you want a slice of the cash you’re up against stiff competition.

Moseley Round Table’s TEN for 2010 giveaway, launched two weeks ago, has already received more than 40 requests from charity and community groups to apply for funding.

The £10,000 the group have available for distribution is the highest ever amount Moseley Round Table has been able to donate in one go and is possible due to its successful annual fireworks event last November. As part of the build up to the grand final in April, they are looking to highlight a number of the charities and community groups who are seeking their support to a wider audience.

Among those who have already applied is the Stonehouse Gang, a Selly Oak-based youth project founded in 1938.They attract 300 children and young people a week and are looking to fund snooker and air hockey tables as their current ones have fallen into disrepair.

Also seeking funding is Edward Road Baptist Church in Balsall Heath, seeking finance for a brass handrail to the entrance of the church to assist the elderly and disabled members of the congregation. Edgbaston-based Sport 4 Life is also hoping to be successful in their request to support a structured dance programme for girls on the Stockfield estate in Acocks Green.

Moseley Round Table chairman Mark Wilkinson said: “The response so far has been incredible. The enquiries have been from a wide range of organisations and from across all of south Birmingham. With almost two months until the deadline, I expect we’ll have some tough decisions to make.”

The TEN for 2010 initiative closes on April 2, with a select number of applicants invited to attend the grand final on April 17, where a panel will listen to all the applicants before deciding how to share out the £10,000.

Organisations who want to be considered for a share of the TEN for 2010 fund should submit their request via an official application form, which they can request by emailing moseleyroundtable@hotmail.co.uk or writing to TEN for 2010, 45 Avenue Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7TJ.

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