Groups in Tredegar and Rhymney Awarded Community Fund Grants

Groups in Tredegar and Rhymney Awarded Community Fund Grants

Eight local organisations are celebrating being awarded grants through the Pen Bryn Oer Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

The successful groups from the latest round of funding are:

  • Tredegar Community Band, Tredegar & Rhymney Youth Group – £2,000
  • Rhymney Fitness Association, Contribution to Rent & Tutor Costs – £1,820
  • Pen y Dre Tenants & Residents Association, Luncheon Club – £1,000
  • Footprints Parents and Toddlers Association, Family at the Heart of the Community – £1,000
  • Rhymney Community Council, Community Defib Project – £2,000
  • Parents, Teachers and Friends of Upper Rhymney Primary School, Community/School Ipads – £2,000
  • St John Wales, Digital Inclusion – £985
  • Stocktonville Senior Citizens Welfare Association, New Flat Roof – £2,000

Jenny Evans, Secretary of Rhymney Fitness Association said: “We are delighted that our bid to the Pen Bryn Oer Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund has been successful. This will allow our very popular Fitness Association to continue with specialised tuition in an accessible, capacious venue.”

David Mace, Band Tutor at Tredegar Community Band said: “Thank you so much for your support of the Tredegar and Rhymney Youth Group Project. Learning an instrument can be so beneficial for young people, particularly those in areas such as ours, and this money will help us expand our ability to reach more young people.”

The Fund will provide £30,000 each year for the expected 25 year lifetime of the wind farm for good causes within the Community Council areas of Rhymney and Tredegar. There are two rounds of funding each year, with an equal split of £15,000 available each time. Any funds unallocated will be available in the subsequent round.

Groups located within the eligible area can apply for grants between £250 and £2,000, although applications up to £7,500 will be considered for projects that can demonstrate a significant community benefit across both Council areas.

Cllr Alyson Tippings, the Chair of the local Advisory Group that has been established to help decide how the money will be spent, said: “It’s wonderful to see money from sustainable energy helping out our local sporting, cultural and community groups. It fills us all with satisfaction knowing that enthusiastic volunteers are being encouraged and these organisations that make such a difference in our towns, are being rewarded for their effort. We all hope that more groups will come forward so that we can make an even bigger difference in the future.”

The next closing date for applications is 9 October 2019 (with decisions by the end of November). The Fund is being administered by national charity GrantScape on behalf of Pen Bryn Oer Ltd which is asset managed by RES. For further details about the Fund please click here.