Mynydd Portref Community Benefit Fund

Location:

The Wards of Brynna, Gilfach Goch, Llanharan and Tonyrefail West in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Total Grants Available:

£70,000 (17,500 for each Ward)

Fund Provided by:

REG Power Management

Location

The Wards of Brynna, Gilfach Goch, Llanharan and Tonyrefail West in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Total Grants Available
  • For 2015-2016: £140,000, i.e. £35,000 for each of the four Wards above
  • From 2017: £70,000 per year, i.e. £17,500 for each of the four Wards above

Each of these allocations is ring-fenced for community projects within the respective Ward. If not fully allocated, monies are therefore carried forward to benefit the Ward in the next, or subsequent years.

Fund Provided By

REG Power Management

Closing Date

This Fund does not have any closing dates.

Grant Amounts:

Grants available will typically range from £250 – £10,000 although larger awards may be made by exception.

Eligible Organisations

Eligible Organisations that can apply for funding include:

  • Voluntary and community groups
  • Community Councils / Town Councils
  • The County Council (if they are applying on behalf of a community organisation, or for a community-led project)
  • Schools and educational establishments
  • Social enterprises (including credit unions, co-operatives, social firms, community-owned enterprises, community interest companies and development trusts) provided that they operate on a not-for-profit basis.

Applicants need to have a written constitution, a set of rules, or a governing document and will need to have a bank or building society account with a minimum of two signatories in place before they can receive a grant.

Project Purpose

The Fund is open to community projects which are for the benefit of residents of the four Wards above. Some examples of the type of projects the Fund can support include:

  • Projects to improve public amenities e.g. community halls, sports facilities
  • Footpath works
  • Environmental and wildlife projects including projects to improve public parks and open spaces
  • Activities / events to engage the local community
  • Energy efficiency or renewable energy projects, such as insulation, efficient boilers or small scale renewable energy installations.

This list is not exhaustive and is provided to give ideas only.

Exclusions

Grants are not be available for:

  • Commercial organisations
  • Private membership-based sports clubs and facilities unless membership is open to the general public without undue restriction (i.e. not membership by nomination organisations or those with restrictive charges)
  • Projects that only benefit one individual
  • Projects that are narrowly religious in focus or that support a party political campaign
  • Retrospective funding, i.e. projects that have already been completed, whether or not already paid for
  • Any works that are a statutory duty (such as scheduled transport services and works to public highways)
Applications

Applications for grants will be by invitation only. Eligible groups with potential projects should therefore, in the first instance, contact the County Councillor for the Ward where their project is located, i.e.

  • Councillor Roger Turner for Brynna Ward
  • Councillor Aurfron Roberts for Gilfach Goch Ward
  • Councillor Geraint Hopkins for Llanharan Ward
  • Councillor Alex Davies-Jones for Tonyrefail West Ward (since May 2017)

If the Ward’s funding allocation has already been fully used, the Councillor or GrantScape will confirm this. It may then be possible to consider projects for a grant in the following year.

Decision Making

Decisions as to which groups should receive grants from the Fund will be based principally on recommendations received from the County Councillor for the Ward where the project is located, i.e.

  • Councillor Roger Turner for Brynna Ward
  • Councillor Aurfron Roberts for Gilfach Goch Ward
  • Councillor Geraint Hopkins for Llanharan Ward
  • Councillor Alex Davies-Jones for Tonyrefail West Ward (formerly Councillor Eudine Hanagan until May 2017)
Grants Awarded

For details of grants awarded to date, please click here