A new fund worth £10,000 is being launched to help communities along the Heart of Wales Line recover from the recent Coronavirus pandemic.

The funding, which is available from July 10th, will allow groups within 10 km/6 miles of a train station on the line to bid for up to £500 each, with applications open until the end of August. Transport for Wales has provided 50% of the money as part of their commitment to community rail. Eligible stations in Swansea are Swansea Central and Gowerton.

The Heart of Wales Development Company, the ‘Community Rail Partnership’ for the line, came up with the idea of a resilience fund after its board realised that due to the pandemic, they wouldn’t be able to deliver their usual programme of marketing and community projects. Instead, they have decided to use their funding to help community groups along the line to remain active and “keep doing what they do best.”

The fund has broad criteria and a decision-making panel, who will meet in early September, will be looking for evidence that the funding can help sustain groups into the future.

Powys Association for Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) is helping to administer the fund, with similar bodies from Carmarthenshire, Shropshire and Swansea also involved. They will be promoting the fund and helping to assess the applications.

Deadline for applications is 21st August 2020.

Click here for more information about the fund including application form

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