28 charities in Wales have secured £50,000 worth of funding from Hanfod Cymru, the body responsible for distributing money raised by Loteri Cymru ticket sales.
More than 80 applications were received for the second round of Hanfod Cymru’s Small Grants programme, which awards grants of up to £10,000.
The charity also reported that its applications for funding had increased by 20% and noticed a rise in applications from arts charities.
This follows news that Loteri Cymru players have won over £230,000 in prizes since the first draw in April.
Earlier this year, Hanfod Cymru allocated £30,000 in grants to 13 Welsh projects in its first round of small grants. With both rounds of funding, Hanfod Cymru has been able to distribute a total of £80,000 to 41 charities in Wales.
Grants ranging from £190 to £4,000 are now being awarded to the 28 charities, which all offer educational, social or cultural benefits – the criteria set by the charity.
The projects include improving recreational areas for children, purchasing new arts and musical equipment for local communities, providing adult IT courses, developing a dementia dance programme for residents in care homes and supporting a project to commemorate 40 years of Welsh Women’s Aid.
Each charity was selected by Hanfod Cymru’s board of independent trustees after demonstrating how they planned to make a tangible contribution to the communities in which they operate.
The charities that secured funding are:
- Welsh Women’s Aid
- The Welsh Association of ME & CFS Support (WAMES)
- Cylch Meithrin Porthmadog – Gwynedd
- Seindorf Arian Frenhinol Dyffryn Nantlle – Gwynedd
- Dawns i Bawb – Gwynedd
- Arts Alive Wales – Powys
- CARAD (Community Arts Rhayader And District) – Powys
- Cymrodoriaeth Talaith a Chadair Powys- Eisteddfod Talaith a Chadair Powys – Bro Hafren 2018 – Powys
- The Honeypot Children’s Charity – Powys
- St Jerome’s Church, Llangwm – Pembrokeshire
- Brynberian Community Centre – Pembrokeshire
- Llanybydder Family Centre – Carmarthenshire
- Canolfan Gymunedol Ystradowen Community Centre Ltd – Carmarthenshire
- Menter Bro Aled – Conwy
- Chardon Trust – Conwy
- Cylch Meithrin Llangylennin – Conwy
- Neuadd Bentref Rhydlewis – Ceredigion
- Shared Earth Trust – Ceredigion
- Cylch Meithrin Llechryd – Ceredigion
- Cylch Meithrin a Ti a Fi Rhuthun – Denbighshire
- Touch Trust Ltd – Cardiff
- Gibbonsdown Children’s Centre Ltd – Barry
- The Personal Support Unit (PSU) – Newport
- Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs – Swansea
- Circus Eruption – Swansea
- Menter Iaith Rhondda Cynon Taf
- Cylch Meithrin Llanllwni – Carmarthenshire
- Cwmni’r Frân Wen – Anglesey
Siôn Brynach, Chief Executive of Hanfod Cymru, said: “All of the charities that applied for funding grants were very worthy causes which made it extremely difficult for our trustees to make a decision on which would receive funding
“It’s very positive that there has been a 20% increase in the number of charities applying for small grants compared to our first funding round. Had we funded all the charities that applied for small grants in this latest grants round, then the total would have been close to £650,000. It’s clear that charities and grassroot organisations are becoming more aware of the support that Hanfod Cymru can offer them with helping them support their local communities.
“We’d strongly recommend that people play Loteri Cymru as there is a direct correlation between ticket sales and the amount of funding Hanfod Cymru receives. The higher the funding, the more we’re able to support grassroot Welsh charities.”
Sue Carter, Chief Executive Loteri Cymru, said: “As sales for Loteri Cymru have continued to grow, it has meant that we have been able to provide more funding for Hanfod Cymru to fund Welsh charities.
“For this, we’d like to thank our players for their continued support as, without it, the grants would not be possible.
“It’s great to see grants going to a good mix of grassroot causes which all have a significant impact on their local community.”
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.
More information on how to apply for funding is available at www.hanfodcymru.wales
Applications for Hanfod Cymru’s next round of small Grants (up to £10,000) will open in early 2018.
The PSU supports people who face civil and family court cases without legal representation, known as Litigants in Persons (LiPs). The charity trains volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to help prepare the LiPs. The funding from Hanfod Cymru will be used towards establishing a new service by the organisation in Newport Civil Court.
Arts Alive Wales is an educational arts charity based in Crickhowell. The money from Hanfod Cymru will be used to purchase new studio equipment, including easels and a portable printing press, which will enable the charity to take printmaking out into the community.