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Over half a million pounds in National Lottery grants to 42 communities across Wales

As the Big Lottery Fund yesterday announced over £592,549 of grants, 42 communities learn that they have been successful in their funding bids this month. Larger grants of between £10,001 and £100,000 were awarded to four projects in three counties: one in Monmouthshire, two in Ceredigion and one in Cardiff. 

38 more grants for up to £10,000 were given to communities across Wales. This funding is made possible thanks to players of the National Lottery and you can find the full list of awards made across Wales this month here.

Glenwood Church were successful in securing a capital development grant of £50,000. The project will develop plans to create wellbeing space serving the communities of Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn in Cardiff. This would involve reconfiguring the applicants’ current building to include rooms to run courses and offer therapies, a crèche and a teaching kitchen. The grant, over one year, will fund professional fees to develop costings and plans.

Jane Francis of the project, said: “We at Glenwood Church are very excited about, and grateful for the award, and the opportunity to start developing a Wellbeing Space for our communities of Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn in Cardiff. We want to grow and develop activities that help and strengthen our great community to create a place that is welcoming and safe for all!”

Derek Preston-Hughes, Funding Manager at the Big Lottery Fund, added: “We are pleased to support Glenwood Church Wellbeing Space. Thanks to players of the National Lottery, the Big Lottery Fund has awarded a capital development grant of £50,000 to create plans to redevelop the current building. The grant gives the to charity the opportunity to take forward their plans to offer the experiences and training which the people who use it have identified as being most important to them. The charity has actively engaged with their local community to find out what the people want most, and they have applied to us as the first stage of developing a new space to let them deliver this. We look forward to seeing the plans.”

The Monmouth Savoy Trust successfully applied for £90,000 to refurbish toilets and make them more accessible, Jane Harvey, the Chair of Trustees said: “This grant will allow us to upgrade and increase the number of toilets in this lovely, listed building to give our audiences an even better experience when they visit. We are so grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for their help with this project which will be of real benefit to the people of Monmouth and surrounding areas. We have already had tremendous community support for the project in the form of donations, including the proceeds of a half marathon run by Louise Utleyouth”.

Speaking on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund, Derek Preston-Hughes said: “We were pleased to support these improvements at the iconic Monmouth Savoy building in Monmouth. The Monmouth Savoy Trust consulted over 300 people and it became clear to the Charity that people were not happy with the lack of disabled toilets and baby changing area. Thanks to players of the National Lottery the Big Lottery Fund is able to give a grant of £90,000 towards making the building even better for the community groups who use it.”

Llandysul Family Centre bid for a grant of £95,203. The project will increase family and community well-being. Parents' strengths will be built on, empowering them to find solutions to situations and practice them in a safe place and then transfer them to their home life in the community. Sessions will be provided to increase speech and language skills in children, and for parents who find it hard to maintain relationships due to their own difficult upbringing. 

Emma Morgan speaking on behalf of Llandysul Family Centre welcomed the grant saying: “This is fantastic news and means that Llandysul Family Centre can continue to support families in the local area”.

Speaking on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund, Derek Preston-Hughes said: “We are pleased to support Llandysul Family Centre in its work with local families. Thanks to players of the National Lottery, the Big Lottery Fund is able to give a grant of £95,203. Engaging with this project will help reduce isolation and improve the family members’ health and wellbeing while giving them the skills they need to better manage their relationships. Parents will be able to build on their skills to become leaders in their community.”

Hen Ysgol Y Ferwig Cyf will use the grant of £65,700 to purchase the old school hall, in Ferwig (Cardigan) which they currently lease from Ceredigion County Council. General improvements will include damp proofing, heating and improved glazing for windows. They will also employ a part-time coordinator to help oversee existing activities, increase the number of new activities and further increase community use.   

Clive Davies, Chair of the Working Committee said: “Having the support from the Big Lottery Fund will make all the difference to our aim to own and upgrade this much used building in the village. We can now realise the plans for additional classes, interest groups and facilities across a number of communities the old school building serves.”

Derek Preston-Hughes, Funding Manager at the Big Lottery Fund, commented: “We are pleased to support Hen Ysgol y Ferwig Community Hub, thanks to players of the National Lottery, the Big Lottery Fund is able to give a grant of £65,700 to make the building a better fit for the plans the community have for it. The charity set up to run the Hub have spent a year engaging with the community to come up with a plan to develop the building for the greatest community benefit. The plans include more activities for young people, IT training and community projects, I am looking forward to visiting the Hub as it develops.”

Further information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office:

Joanna Maurice
Tel 01686 611720 Mobile 07760 171431


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