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£1.5m 'boost' for local community projects

Partneriaeth Ogwen (Image: Welsh Government)

Thirteen community projects across the country have been awarded a share of over £1.5m in funding by the Welsh Government.

The Community Facilities Programme funds "well-used amenities to improve sustainability, providing opportunities for local people as part of their day-to-day lives".

  • Green Squirrel CIC, Caerdydd - £154,000 to improve access and fit-out their community hub, including creating a community garden

  • Partneriaeth Ogwen, Gwynedd - £225,000 to transform an old school into a Centre of Excellence in Innovation and Sustainability

  • Tabernacl Bethesda, Gwynedd - £250,000 to bring outbuildings into use as flexible spaces for music, dance and arts

  • Canal and River Trust, Sir Fynwy - £225,000 to ensure a safe and accessible for all route to and from the canal towpath and community facility

  • Bulldogs Boxing and Community Activities, Castell-nedd Port Talbot - £204,000 to enhance their facility and build therapy rooms for mental health services for veterans

  • Llangrwyne Village Hall, Powys - £200,000 to create a community hub for two adjoining communities: Llangenny and Glangrwyney

  • The Include Hub, Abertawe - £148,000 to help purchase their current building which has been in community use for many years, as a safe place for local groups such as refugees and asylum seekers, young homeless people, interfaith groups and ex-offenders

  • Pont-hir and District Sports Club, Torfaen - £41,000 for a new drainage system for a pitch which is used by over 250 people aged 5 to 65 years old

The latest smaller fund awardees (up to £25,000) are:

  • Cil-y-coed RFC, Sir Fynwy - £8,000 towards the refurbishment of their washrooms and baby changing facilities

  • Anne Matthews Trust, Powys - £25,000 to undertake repairs to their building, including a new roof

  • Long Bridge Street Chapel, Powys - £25,000 to fix stone work, repair external walls and fences, and overhaul their drainage system

  • Friends of Talycopa, Abertawe - £25,000 to resolve historic flooding issues at Trallwn football field

  • Gwenfô Community Library, Bro Morgannwg - £14,000 towards replacing the existing building with a new unit to incorporate a café and digital suite

The Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt, said: “Now more so than ever our communities and the wonderful facilities within them are centres for bringing people together and building back a stronger, fairer Wales for all.

“Despite the extraordinary challenges we’ve faced during the past 18 months, community spirit and the resilience of Welsh people has shone through. The Community Facilities funding we are announcing today will continue to help bring our local groups together through support for local projects.”

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