Micro Fund Round 2 – Grant Awards Announced!

We are delighted to be awarding our second round of Micro Fund: Community and Micro Fund: Business grants – and announcing what wide-ranging and exciting projects are being supported. Thanks very much to everyone who made an application.

Once again, we had far more applications than we were able to support. 82 proposals were submitted requesting £260,000 – and this time we were able to make 38 awards, totalling £109,195.30.

You can see the full list here, but some of the recipients include:

  • Me, Myself and I Club: £4,406 – enabling an expansion into the Afan valley of this innovative service for early onset dementia sufferers and their families – including Friendship Clubs, day breaks, and a Community Care Academy developing the skills of unemployed people seeking to gain work as Social Care Personal Assistants.
  • Slow Food South East Wales: £4,857 – for the ‘Cooking in the Community’ project – free, volunteer led cooking sessions for families in Cynon valley community centres, promoting healthy eating, minimising food waste and promoting local food.
  • Vision Fountain CIC: £1,250 – for the ‘Our Mountain’ film project – bringing together two primary schools in the Rhondda and Cynon valleys to create a unique film about the Rhigos mountain side that connects them. The children will tell the story of the mountain’s importance to the community as a whole through time, including its energy heritage, from coal to wind.
  • Glynneath Community First Responders: £4,050 – to enable the installation of 3 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in public spaces.
  • Gwynfi Miners Community Hall: £4,921 – for new flooring and improved access for this important community building – extending the range of activities offered, increasing user numbers and supporting financial sustainability.
  • Blaenllechau Community Involvement Group: £4,405 – for the ‘Busy Bees of Blaen’ project – the purchase and maintenance of four community beehives and local honey production and sale.
  • Tip Tops Dance and Fitness: £1,050 – for the ‘Keeping Up Keeping Fit’ programme – new fitness classes for parents and children delivered by this Rhondda Fawr based business
  • Scoobs Doggy Day Care Boarding and Grooming – a start-up grant of £5,000 for this new Cynon valley based business venture.

Micro Fund Round 3 opens on the 1st December 2017 and the closing date is 5pm on 12th February 2018. We’ll be announcing Awards at the end of March 2018. Most successful Micro Fund applicants talked to us beforehand to discuss their proposal, and explained clearly how their plans helped to deliver Community Fund aims set out in the Prospectus (insert link to Prospectus) Please do come along and meet us at one of our community days out – dates and venues will be on website next week.

Thanks again for all your support!