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A windfall of more than £400,000 for communities across Wales in November thanks to players of the National Lottery

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National Lottery Awards for All Wales
Release date:
5 12 2017

Thanks to players of the National Lottery, the Big Lottery Fund has been able to give grants to communities across Wales totalling £408,983. Ticket sales provide a fund of “public” money. The Big Lottery Fund makes grants to communities across Wales who have applied to make something great happen.

This month 65 communities in have been successful in their applications with projects aimed at improving lives and helping people feel part of their communities. Here are some of the projects, which are as diverse as the communities who have made the applications. (Read the full list of the awards made during November 2017)

Carmarthenshire People First will use £8,895 to develop a service to allow individuals with learning disabilities or difficulties to access groups, meetings and training to fully involve them in decision making processes that impact on their lives.

In Conwy, The Jazz Warriors Limited will spend £7,700 on a six month music and social skills programme, aimed at assisting young adults who are experiencing marginalisation and loneliness.

In Denbighshire Broken Wings applied to improve the facilities at the Wild Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. They will spend £4,847 raising awareness of wild life and eco-systems in the area and offering volunteering opportunities.

Follow Your Dreams Ltd in Rhondda Cynon Taf successfully applied for a £10,000 grant to run workshops for younger people with learning disabilities to develop new skills and improve their self-confidence.

Merthyr and the Valleys Mind received £9,902 to help reduce suicide rates by working with local rugby clubs providing information about the importance of mental health support and connecting with services.

BAWSO Ltd in Swansea will spend their £8,336 to fund training for Black and Ethnic Minority women and children to gain confidence and employment skills, and for sessions to help them learn more about Wales.

Destination Montgomery in Powys received £5,000 to create accessible walking and cycling trails to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and visitors.

Haverhub C.I.C in Haverfordwest’s £10,000 grant will go towards costs for renovating the old Post Office in the town to create a community facility.

Bois Afan Male Voice Choir in Port Talbot will use the £6,999 to research and perform forgotten musical compositions associated within their district.

Cyngor Dref Aberteifi in Ceredigion successfully applied for £4,704 to refurbish the town’s skate park.

Gareth Williams, National Lottery Awards for All Funding Manager said:
“People who play the National Lottery may not realise what an amazing contribution they are making to the wellbeing of communities across Wales. Every month the Big Lottery Fund are giving grants of thousands of pounds for people to do amazing things. Thank you on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund and of all the projects we fund.”

If your community has a great idea and you want to apply to the Big Lottery Fund in Wales will find details here: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/wales