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More than £200,000 for communities across Wales in September with new National Lottery Awards for All programme

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Awards for All Wales
Release date:
3 10 2017

In September 2017 the Big Lottery Fund distributed £217 784 from the National Lottery to projects in Wales. The good news is that community groups can now apply for bigger awards (from just £300 up to £10,000 per project) from the National Lottery Awards for All programme. The new application process is already proving popular with community groups and charities. This month 44 projects were awarded grants and ten of those were for more than the previous ceiling of £5,000.

For full details of the awards, which are only possible thanks to people who play the National Lottery, see a full list of this month's projects

This month’s successful projects include Bags of Hope in Newport who will use £5,000 to buy suitcases, rucksacks and bags, giving children and young people the means to carry their possessions as they are moved through the care system.

The rugged Young Farmers in Knighton are using their £5,000 grant to fund a weekend of challenging, outdoor adventure activities.

Cardiff Book Festival put their £5,000 grant towards three days of events with authors, master classes and debates.

Cwm Action Community Group in Conwy are planning ahead for the winter chills with £3,000 for a new central heating boiler at the Shiloh Community Centre.

Mother’s Affection Matters Community Interest Company in Pembrokeshire successfully bid under the new scheme for £9,900 to pilot a series of Train the Trainer workshops which use storytelling to support and empower women who have experienced trauma.

Music in Hospitals will use their grant for £9,765 to provide live concerts in care homes across Wales.

Penygroes Community Centre in Carmarthenshire will use the grant to help make the Old Pavilion into a community Centre to run youth clubs and a café.

Gareth Williams, Awards for All Funding Manager commented
“It’s great to see communities embracing the new opportunities on offer with Awards for All and applying for grants across the whole range of available options. The important thing is that the scheme offers the flexibility to give the grant that the community needs be that £300 or £10,000.”