Capital funding available for community projects in the Vale of Clwyd

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones, is encouraging community groups across the Vale of Clwyd to apply for a share of a £10m Welsh Government programme of capital grants to improve and protect local services.

Community and voluntary groups, as well as social enterprises will be able to bid for capital grants of up to £500,000 to improve community facilities which provide services for people most in need in their local areas. Those applying for a grant will have to prove that their project will prevent and help to alleviate the effects of poverty.

Schemes that will reintroduce or prevent the loss of community services will also be eligible to apply. The new Communities Facilities Programme aims to offer £10 million between now and the end of 2015.

Welcoming the new scheme, Mrs Jones said: “This new fund represents a real opportunity for local community groups to grasp the nettle and make some real changes to the local community.

“Our local community groups are best placed to make judgments about what is needed to regenerate our towns and tackle poverty. These new grants which can be used to bring lasting change to our local area and it is vital that groups make the most of this exciting opportunity before it is too late.

“The announcement of the new fund is further evidence of the Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to tackle poverty and improve opportunities for people right across Wales”.

Interested groups can contact the Welsh Government by ringing 0300 062 5627. Further information is also available on the Welsh Government website: http://wales.gov.uk/topics/people-and-communities/grants/community-facilities-programme/?lang=en. The scheme will start taking applications on the 3rd February 2014 but potential applicants are advised to contact the Welsh Government as soon as possible.