Community groups in the Vale to benefit from £250k of strong communities funding

Communities, social enterprises and groups across the Vale of Glamorgan will benefit from more than £319,000 of funding thanks to an innovative new grant fund from the Vale of Glamorgan Council. The fund is designed to support income generation and sustainable projects.

A total of £672,000 is being made available over three years through the Strong Communities Grant Fund, £60,000 of which is provided by the Waterloo Foundation and the remainder by the Council.

The fund’s evaluation panel is made up of the Council’s Leader, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, along with external Partners such as Waterloo, NRW, GVS, and Town and Community Councils. It met for the second time this month and a total 23 projects have been supported to date.

Projects to receive money include Cowbridge Charter Trust for its Old Hall gardens restoration project. The Gibby Green Fingers group will receive support for a sensory garden, education centre and to pay for sensory and mobility equipment. Groups in Sully and Rhoose will receive funding to purchase cinema equipment. A lunch club has also been supported in St Athan.

Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Council, said: “The Council recognises this vital role that community led organisations, social enterprises and town and community councils play in the Vale of Glamorgan. We know that if we are to fulfil our ambition of building stronger communities with brighter futures then we will have to work hand in hand. The Strong Communities Grant Fund was established to allow us to do just that.

“The quality of the schemes seen in these early applications is a testament to both the groups themselves and the support they have received from the Council’s economic development team. The success of this partnership working bodes very well for the future.”

The Council has committed £162,000 of annual funding for three years from 2017/18. The Strong Communities Grant Fund can also access Section 106 funding, if it is found to be appropriate.

The purpose of the Strong Communities Fund is to enable community groups, the voluntary sector and town and community councils to apply funding for initiatives that reduce their reliance on grant funding and support the Council’s reshaping services agenda. Groups can apply for capital and revenue funding.

The window for applications for the next round of funding is open until August 3rd. More information can be found athttp://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/en/working/Business-Support/Strong-Communities-Grant.aspx

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