Minister for Local Government and Communities Carl Sargeant made the announcement about the Community Facilities and Activities Programme (CFAP) whilst visiting North Coast Church in Towyn, Conwy. The project received £200,000 from the scheme to extend and refurbish the church to be used as a community facility.
The Minister’s decision to continue the programme under its current remit for a further 12 months follows an internal review which is looking at how the programme can be more closely aligned to other Welsh Government grant schemes and Programme for Government priorities.
Carl Sargeant said:
"Since the programme was launched in 2002 CFAP has had a beneficial impact upon Welsh communities and the day to day lives of local people. As well as helping to support local economies through the creation of new facilities and services the scheme has helped regenerate communities and make them a better place to live.
"Whilst we recognise the beneficial impact the programme has had on local communities there appears to be considerable scope for greater coordination and joint planning between CFAP and other regeneration programmes such as the Community Asset Transfer (CAT) programme and Communities First.
"We also want to ensure that organisations who receive the grants can evidence how their project will contribute to current Government priorities, notably tackling poverty.
"In order to sustain the programme while this process continues, I am pleased to announce one further round of CFAP is open to applications with a closing date of 31st July 2012."