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.
The Brynberian Community Centre is a hub for a range of activities for the local area, but the organisation is keen to modernise the facility by installing computers, printers, projectors, kitchen equipment, a playground and outdoor gym equipment. This will provide the community with a much-improved facility to partake in a wider range of activities while also welcoming visitors to the area.
Gibbonsdown Children’s Centre offers full and part-time childcare to children 2-5 years old as part of the Flying Start Programme in Barry. The care that the centre provides, offers parents the chance to attend training courses or to return to work. The care offered also prepares the children for school. The funding from Hanfod Cymru will be used to pay for repair work to outside play equipment and pay for the cost of building a water wall for the outside play area.
St Jerome’s Church, Llangwm in Pembrokeshire has undergone renovation work over the last number of years in order to improve the building and also to make the church a multi-purpose community venue that offers a monthly Cinema and weekly lunchtime classical music concerts. The funding from Hanfod Cymru will be used to build a depositry in order to store equipment not being used safely.
Canolfan Gymunedol Ystradowen Community Centre Ltd is a community hub providing services that help with food, fuel and social poverty, as well as being a meeting centre for a range of groups from mother and toddler to yoga classes and digital workshops. The centre will be using the money from Hanfod Cymru to fund a café assistant role to help develop current and new initiatives to reach more individuals in the neighbouring areas.
The Chardon Trust (Llandudno Museum) received a grant from Hanfod Cymru to redevelop and expand the current facility to enhance the programme of activities it offers. It holds the largest and most important collection of artefacts in north Wales and runs workshops and outreach talks as well a volunteer programme for the local community.
Circus Eruption in Swansea received a grant from Hanfod Cymru in order to appoint a Volunteer Co-ordinator. The charity runs circus skills sessions for young people from all backgrounds, and offers young people the opportunity to socialise, build confidence and self esteem as well as learning new skills.
Welsh Women’s Aid received a grant from Hanfod Cymru to help fund their travelling exhibition ‘40 Voices 40 Years’. The purpose of the exhibition is to commemorate the work of the Welsh Women’s Aid since starting the charity forty years ago.
Llanybydder Family Centre received a grant from Hanfod Cymru to continue with its work of supporting local children and their families. The centre supports families by giving the opportunity for children to play, holding parent and baby groups, and offering training courses to parents. The main purpose of the centre is to create a community support network for families in the area.
Shared Earth Trust (Denmark Farm) near Lampeter received a grant from Hanfod Cymru to go towards the cost of holding conservation skills workshops and to fit a new boardwalk to one of its paths.
Touch Trust is an inter-generational creative arts project for families and unpaid carers of those with profound and multiple learning difficulties and life-limiting illnesses. The project funded by Hanfod Cymru will provide the carers with an opportunity to have some respite from their challenging and emotionally demanding roles, as well as the chance to share their experiences with like-minded people.
Cylch Meithrin Llanllwni offers carers and parents of young children the opportunity to introduce children to the Welsh language. The Hanfod Cymru grant will be used to purchase an interactive whiteboard to develop the children’s language and numeracy skills.
Neuadd Bentref Rhydlewis owns and runs a local village hall with a children’s play area and runs a series of evening activities for the local community, including line dancing, pilates and a young farmers club. The funds from Hanfod Cymru will be invested into renewing and renovating the playground and fencing.
Cylch Meithrin Llechryd offers childcare for pre-school children through the medium of Welsh, in Llechryd and the locality. The grant from Hanfod Cymru will enable the cylch to buy educational resources for the children in order to help develop their language and numeracy skills.
The Honeypot Children’s Charity is a charity that offers respite weekends to young carers between the age of 5 and 12 years old. The grant they have received from Hanfod Cymru will fund 3 respite weekends at the Honeypot House – Penybryn in Powys.
Menter Iaith Rhondda Cynon Taf aims to promote the use of the Welsh language and ensure it has equal status within the RCT community. The grant from Hanfod Cymru will be used to fund Welsh language music workshops and gigs in the local area.
Dawns i Bawb is a community dance group which strives to sustain dance provision through the medium of Welsh. It intends to use the grant from Hanfod Cymru to develop a Dementia dance programme following the success of its dance programme in retirement homes in Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey. The initiative follows reports from several research studies that have proved the arts can benefit people living with Dementia.