Nick Smith MP and Alun Davies MS welcomed a new grant programme aimed at Blaenau Gwent by The National Lottery Community Fund in Wales today. The scheme encourages people who haven’t had a grant before to apply for up to £300 to do something to help their community within the area. Grants are made possible thanks to National Lottery players.
“If you haven’t applied for funding from The National Lottery before, but do have proposals that you think will help Blaenau Gwent, I would strongly encourage you to apply.”
Open until mid-March 2021, the application process is intended to be very straightforward and anyone interested is invited to call the Funding Officers for a chat on 01495 654010 or send in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If they prefer, community groups can continue to access other sources of funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, including grants of up to £10,000 from its National Lottery Awards for All scheme and up to £500,000 from its People and Places grant scheme.
Huw Lewis works with communities in Blaenau Gwent on behalf of GAVO – Gwent Association of Volunteer Organisations and added: “This is a real opportunity for people in Blaenau Gwent to put into action ideas they might have been thinking about for a while, The National Lottery Community Fund are offering grants especially for our area and I hope as many people as possible will get in touch with them for a chat.
“We are working closely with The National Lottery Community Fund to make sure we get the word out as widely as possible and make this scheme successful for Blaenau Gwent.”
“We want to reach people who wouldn’t necessarily think to apply to us for a grant. National Lottery players raise £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK and our money is available for everyone. We want to encourage people who have never had a grant from us before to get in touch. Our Funding Officers are very friendly and helpful and looking forward to chatting.
If it is successful, the scheme will be rolled out in other parts of Wales.