MICRO FUND ROUND 5 – AWARDS

Two years on from our first grant awards, it’s amazing that we are now announcing the results of Micro Fund Round 5!
As ever, we received many more applications than we were able to support. 69 applications were submitted requesting a total of £270,410.
£98,931.84 has been awarded this time to 27 community groups and 5 businesses – with £67,893 brought in as match funding.
It’s always amazing to see the huge variety of projects being developed – and an even greater pleasure to meet the passionate, energetic and committed people involved.  You can see a full list of awards here – they include:
  • £3,941 to Friends of Ynysfach Primary School in Resolven to mark out a multi-use games area on their playground. At present, the school yard now is just a blank tarmac area and the children themselves prioritised this project as something that would improve their day to day recreational fun. The multi-use equipment will be used by all pupils and outside school hours by other community groups.
  • £3,162 to Gwynfi Amateur Boxing Club in Blaengwynfi – originally established in 2002 at the popular Gwynfi Miners Community Hall, the club has had some very notable success stories, producing many British Boxing Champions. The new Head Coach and team of volunteers have clearly thought about what they need now to ensure that the club can be run sustainably and professionally. The grant will cover the cost of accredited coaching training as well as new equipment and competition kit.
  • £5000 to Avant Cymru in Treorchy – break dancing, is an athletic style of dance that is both a sport and an art. In 2019 the British Breaking League will hold 6 regional events during January to June, with a Kids British Championship in October. In October last year, a successful Breakin’ competition – Full Circle – was held at the Factory in Porth with 65 participants from all over the world taking part. The event generated a great deal of interest among young people, and this grant will help build on that with a ‘Breakin’ Jam’ event in Treorchy Boys and Girls Club and Treorchy Comprehensive School. In preparation for the Jam, valleys-based Bboys, Jamie & Tommy Boost will recruit and teach around 65 young people in Treorchy to develop their skills and confidence to prepare them for the event (and future jams in the area and further afield). Breakdancing has just been confirmed as one of 4 new additions to the 2024 Olympics.
  • £3,594 to Managed Social Media in Aberdare – this entrerprise will provide specialist, tailored support to help businesses and organisations in the Cynon Valley make the most of marketing opportunities available through social media, recofnising that most small businesses don’t have the time or expertise to exploit the significant opportunities available to them.