I am encouraging community groups to apply for a share of the new £1 million Co-op funding announced this week.
Welsh groups can secure grants of up to £10,000 to explore enterprising ideas that could contribute to a more sustainable future for their community space. Funding could support feasibility costs, technical or legal fees and, projects which test and explore new ideas. Eligible organisations must engage local people and support the environment, and applications close at noon on Friday, 21 June.
In addition, interest-free loans of up to £50,000 are available to organisations to grow more established business ideas. Loans are usually repaid within five years with no need to make repayments in the first year. Some organisations could be eligible for a further grant dependent upon circumstances.
For more information about The Co-op Foundation, and details of how to apply to the new fund, visit www.coopfoundation.org.uk
I know of a number of community groups in Delyn that could benefit from this new funding. Our parks, woodlands and community playing fields need regular funding to ensure that they meet the needs of residents. This funding would be a boon to any group in Delyn that wanted to expand its services or make improvements to their facilities.
The Co-Op has been defending our communities since its inception over 175 years ago. I welcome them now continuing their work on issues that protect our natural environment. Delyn can boast some of the most breath-taking natural landscapes in the world. The funding that is available to groups in the constituency will not only improve people’s lives but our environment.
I urge all people to investigate if this funding would help their community organisation grow and support their neighbourhoods.
I am asking community groups and local charities Delyn to think about what they could do with up to £20,000 this year.
Charities and community groups can apply to receive grants of between £500 and £20,000 raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Between 14 and 28 February 2018, charities are being urged to submit an expression of interest in the funding, which requires basic details about the organisation, as well as a very short description of the project they are proposing. Read more “CHARITY FUNDING OPPORTUNITY”
Today, I am announcing that I am to hold an information event, in conjunction with the National Lottery, for community groups and charities in Delyn to offer information on funding available to them from the National Lottery.
On the 28 October, from 12.30-14.30, the National Lottery will deliver a 45 minute presentation on their open grants with a few tips on improving applications. This will be followed by an opportunity for funding advice to be given to groups after the presentation until the event closes at 2.30pm. The event will be held at Flint Town Hall (CH6 5NW).
If community groups or charities are interested in attending they should email me at [email protected] with the subject line “National Lottery Funding Event”, or write to me at:
Houses of Parliament
Those wishing to attend this free event should respond no later than 5pm on 21 October 2016.
This is an excellent opportunity for our local community groups and charities to learn about the various different types of funding available from the National Lottery. Not only will you be able to learn about the funding available, but two representatives from the National Lottery will give tips and advice on how to improve your chances of securing funding.
Delyn has already benefited from a huge amount of National Lottery funding. Only recently Carmel Village Hall secured funding to help improve facilities. I hope as many of you as possible attend.
So if you run a charity in Delyn or a member of a local community group and you are looking for funding this is the event for you. It is important that you gain access to funding and support that you are entitled to.
*The above image is of Carmel Village Hall receiving its cheque from the National Lottery.