The Vale of Glamorgan Council has launched a new three-year £670,000 funding scheme designed to support projects and initiatives put forward by community-led organisations.
It will be financed by the Council, along with a contribution from a charity, while there will also be access to money negotiated by the Vale of Glamorgan Council from Section 106 contributions.
The aim is that access to this Strong Communities Fund will help community initiatives become more sustainable, in turn reducing the need for ongoing subsidies to cover running costs and activities.
This is a unique approach in Wales, and will serve to expand the range and amount of funding available to support community led projects.
Applications for funding will be considered by a panel made up of Councillors and external partners, including representatives from Town and Community Councils, a representative from of the Waterloo Foundation (an independent charity offering financial support to projects that has given support to the fund), public service partners and Glamorgan
Voluntary Services (GVS), a charity supporting volunteer work and third sector activity in the Vale of Glamorgan.
“We are pleased to see this additional resource for the Third Sector in the Vale of Glamorgan. The Sector has always been innovative and creative in its approach to funding. This new resource will help encourage a more enterprising approach. GVS looks forward to supporting our members in accessing this new funding stream.” – Rachel Connor, Chief Executive of GVS
The fund can be used to finance feasibility studies, buy equipment, pay for building works and meet staffing costs. It is also available for small innovative projects, with requests for any funding sum considered.
Those requiring more information or an application form for their project can contact the Council’s Economic Development team for guidance by emailing email@example.com or calling 01446 704636.
There are a number of application rounds each year, the first of which closes on October 6.
“In times of austerity, the Vale Council is pleased that it is still able to offer grant funding to community-led organisations. This substantial fund is now open for applications and we invite enquiries from large and small third-sector organisations, Town and Community Councils as well as joint applications
We welcome and value the involvement of the Waterloo Foundation and hope this scheme can help deliver Strong Communities with a Bright Future, our vision for the Vale of Glamorgan.” – Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Council