Thirteen charities in Wales have been awarded grants by Hanfod Cymru, which distributes money raised by Loteri Cymru ticket sales.
Grants ranging from £200 to £6,000 will be awarded to the charities through Hanfod Cymru’s initial Small Grants programme.
The money will now fund a variety of activities across Wales with an interest in educational, social and cultural benefits – the criteria set by Hanfod Cymru.
These projects include providing asylum seekers with a safe environment to make new connections in the UK, supporting outreach programmes to engage secondary pupils with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) enrichment activity in the most deprived areas of Wales and supporting Swansea’s city farm to increase and diversify the use of the farm’s facilities.
More than 70 applications were received for the Small Grants programme and Hanfod Cymru’s trustees determined the 13 selected charities after evaluating how each planned to spend the money and how they would measure the grant’s impact.
The charities that have secured funding are:
• Space4U – Cardiff
• Techniquest – Cardiff
• Cylch Meithrin Hill Street – Wrexham
• Swansea Community Farm
• Resolven & District Resource Cyber Centre – Neath Port Talbot
• The Tanyard Youth Project Ltd – Pembrokeshire
• Community Heart Productions – Deeside
• Presteigne Festival – Presteigne
• Merthyr Tydfil Global Village
• Menter Iaith Caerffili – Caerphilly
• Cylch Meithrin Bethel – Gwynedd
• Cylch Meithrin y Felinheli – Gwynedd
• Cae Chwarae Edern – Edern Llyn
A minimum of 20% of Loteri Cymru gross ticket sale proceeds is being channelled to good causes in Wales through the charity.
Siôn Brynach, Chief Executive of Hanfod Cymru, said: “We were overwhelmed with the amount of applications we received, especially considering we only launched in April.
“The standard of entries was extremely high and it was very difficult to select the organisations that would receive the funding.
“We tried to ensure we had a good mix of grassroot causes that demonstrated how their charities help deliver educational, social or cultural benefits for the communities in Wales.
“All of the charities are thrilled to receive the funding and we’re looking forward to visiting them in the future to find out how the grants have benefitted them and their local community.”
Sue Carter, Chief Executive Loteri Cymru, said: “The charity trustees have worked tirelessly to determine who would receive the first round of funding and it’s great that so many worthy organisations could be supported.
“It is clear that supporting local Welsh causes is a key motivation for many Loteri Cymru players. Clearly, the idea of a ‘win-win for Wales’ is one which resonates with the public.”
Hanfod Cymru is constituted as an independent charity, with its own Board of Trustees, which operates independently of Loteri Cymru, which oversees the weekly draw.
Loteri Cymru offers a weekly jackpot of £25,000, in line with the ceiling allowed under society lottery rules. Tickets cost just £1 and jackpot winners will need to match five of 39 drawn numbers. Other, smaller, prizes will also be up for grabs for matching fewer numbers.
Every ticket – unless it has scooped the jackpot – is entered free into Loto+, a monthly raffle offering 10 guaranteed £1000 prizes.
Here is a short video of one of the projects that will be receiving a grant – Techniquest in Cardiff – who will use the grant to boost their outreach activity with schools in less affluent areas:
Another project supported was Menter Iaith Caerffili. They will use the grant from Hanfod Cymru to boost their work coordinating willing volunteers and volunteering opportunities through the medium of Welsh across the county of Caerffili:
Cardiff based Space 4U was also funded by Hanfod Cymru, and the funding will enable the charity to further their support for Asylum seekers and refugees in Cardiff. To learn more about their work take a look at this short video.
This is how Hanfod Cymru’s grant will help Cylch Meithrin Y Felinheli:
Resolven Resource and Cyber Centre will benefit from a grant received by Hanfod Cymru. The grant funding will be used to buy new equipment for the centre, in order to offer another service to the community and to create a further income stream for the centre.
This is Anna from Cae Chwarae Edern explaining how the grant from Hanfod Cymru will help them.
Ellis Thomas from Merthyr Tydfil Global Village explaining how the Hanfod Cymru grant will help towards the cost of holding the Global Village festival that celebrates cultural diversity in the area.
Kate Gibbs explaining how the Hanfod Cymru Grant will help them diversify the Community farm’s activities, thus boosting the venture’s revenue-raising capabilities.
The Presteigne Festival will use the grant they received from Hanfod Cymru to introduce over a hundred local school-children to the arts through story-telling workshops with Michael Harvey, and art creation sessions with Lois Hopwood.
Cylch Meithrin Hill Street will use the grant from Hanfod Cymru to buy outside play equipment for their new location.
Tanyard Youth Project explaining how the grant from Hanfod Cymru will help buy new equipment for their recording studio.
Cylch Meithrin Bethel explaining how the grant from Hanfod Cymru has helped them to improve the outside play area.
Community Heart Productions explaining how the grant from Hanfod Cymru will help them to continue their work with young people.