Community projects across Wales are to receive funding for schemes ranging from the refurbishment of community centre facilities to the purchase of modified bicycles for a social enterprise cycle hire group. In all, 47 schemes will benefit under the latest round of support from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Community Facilities and Activities Programme.The programme, which was launched four years ago, is worth a total of 4,053,076 pounds over the next three years. Welsh Minister for Social Justice and Regeneration Edwina Hart said it made a real and tangible difference to community and voluntary groups at grass roots level and supported the creation of much-needed new facilities and services.
“I launched CFAP in November 2002 and many of the projects from earlier grants are now up and running. These facilities are so much more than mere bricks and mortar – they are at the very heart of our communities and help people, young and old, form new friendships, get involved in social activities and build healthier, happier lives,” she said.
The schemes to benefit from the latest funding include Maesteg Town Hall and the Heol y Cyw Welfare Hall, in Bridgend, which has been given 41,000 pounds for the redevelopment of an existing site into a multi-purpose community centre, including the refurbishment of the roof and improved access. A similar multi-purpose community centre is also being developed at Tremadog Memorial Institute, which has been given 60,000 pound