This capital grant fund aims to develop and improve facilities for communities in order to tackle poverty and its effects.
Up to £500,000 is available for facilities which are:
- needed and used by the community and offering services not duplicated in the surrounding area
- providing services which prevent or mitigate poverty and its effects
- reintroducing or preventing the loss of community services
- supported by and developed along with the local community
- strategic and can demonstrate this by evidencing it has the support of the local authority, local County Voluntary Council, Local Health Board or similar partner
- sustainable over the medium to long term
- providing, safeguarding or re-introducing a valuable community service such as access to a credit union, post office, library, last shop/retail outlet in the area
- hosting skills based or other accredited training to improve the job prospects of individual beneficiaries
- hosting local health services, exercise or healthy living activities
- providing community IT access, broadband access and/or IT training to aid digital inclusion
- hosting a foodbank, food co-operative, access to advice services or other activity which prevents or seeks to mitigate the effects of poverty
- hosting activities delivered through a Welsh Government tackling poverty programme such as Communities First or Families First
- encouraging the co-location of local groups and service providers to improve the overall sustainability of the facility
- making the most of available funding by avoiding the duplication of services and working with other local partners in the community, public and private sectors to improve the life chances of local people.
Applications should be community led and developed in partnership with community, public and private sector partners. The co-location of organisations providing services such as credit union access, local health services, post office services, youth services, sports facilities, library services, etc. is encouraged.
Potential applicants will be expected to work with local authorities and Community Voluntary Councils as well as the local community in order to develop applications.
The first stage is a short application which will be used to assess eligibility and fit to the scheme criteria, for example tackling poverty. Applicants will get a response to stage one within 30 working days.
The second stage requires the submission of a business plan. The two stage process helps to ensure that projects that are not a good fit for the funding criteria do not waste resources developing an application which has little chance of succeeding.
Please email your completed expressions of interest to: co*************************@wa***.uk. Applications can be submitted at any time.
South East Wales: Mike O’Shea on 0300 062 8612
North and Mid Wales: Nesta Doughty on 0300 062 5627
West Wales: Philip Dunn on 0300 062 8667
If above are unavailable: Lisa Clarridge on 0300 062 8307