Social Justice Minister Dr Brian Gibbons today visited the Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) to launch their small grants scheme which provides funding to local community groups and organisations. The local grants scheme is being funded by a £250,000 grant from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Community Facilities and Activities Programme (CFAP).
Local organisations that have benefited from the small grants scheme in the past include the South Wales Miners Museum, which successfully secured just over £4,800 for display cabinets to complete their project and the Dove workshop in Banwen which secured over £9,000 to develop a community garden. Over the past three years Neath Port Talbot CVS has received over 70 applications for funding.
Dr Brian Gibbons said:
I am pleased that the Neath Port Talbot CVS has been successful for a second time in securing CFAP funding to run a small grants scheme. The latest award of £250,000 will bring the total amount allocated to the small grants scheme to £550,000 and will ensure that the Council for Voluntary Service continues to help support the community and voluntary sector.
In the Neath Port Talbot area alone 20 different community based projects have benefited from the Assembly Government’s Community Facilities and Activities Programme, with grants totalling over £2.5 million. This small grants scheme is an example of how the Welsh Assembly Government and the Council for Voluntary Service can work together to enable communities to help themselves to deliver what they have clearly said they need.
18 December 2008