Grant funding has been made available for community groups and projects based in Rhymney, Pontlottyn and Abertysswg.
Groups will be able to apply for grants worth between £250 and £2,000, with applications for up to £7,500 will be considered for projects that can ‘demonstrate a significant community benefit’.
The funding has been made available by the Pen Bryn Oer Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.
What is the Pen Bryn Oer Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund?
The fund provides £30,000 of grant funding each year for community groups based in the Rhymney Community Council area and Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent.
There are two rounds of funding each year, with £15,000 being made available each time. Money which isn’t allocated is rolled over to future rounds of funding.
The Pen Bryn Oer Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund was launched in 2018 and will provide £30,000 of grants to community groups each year for the 25 years the wind farm is set to be in use.
Since the fund was set up, more than £80,000 has been awarded to around 70 community groups in both Rhymney and Tredegar.
The fund is administered by grant-making charity GrantScape. A local advisory group was established to help decide how the grants will be awarded.
Twyn Carno councillor Carl Cuss, the Chair of the local Advisory group, said: “The pandemic has led to so many difficult and unique challenges for our community organisations over the past year.
“The Fund is here to help, and so I would encourage local groups to get their applications in by the closing dates in either March or September.”
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The closing date for applications is March 17, with decisions on how to allocate the funding made in May.
The deadline for the second round of funding is September 1, with a decision made in November.
For more information about the fund and how to apply, visit grantscape.org.uk or call 01908 247630.
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