Funding distributed to date graphic - Oct 21Since the launch of the first round in April 2019, the Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund has distributed hundreds of thousands of pounds to local organisations.

Here you can find information about what has been funded so far. This page will be updated after each grant round has been awarded.


2019

Round & Date Awarded Grant Recipient

Amount

Description

Round 1 - April 2019

4th Lliw Valley (Pontardulais) Scouts

 £9,090

- Scout Hall Disabled Toilet & Wet Room

To improve the internal make-up of the hall to include a modern disabled toilet (aimed at wheelchair users), a wet room as well as improve internal doors to accommodate wheelchair access and ease of use to hall users.

Action for Elders

 £6,220

- Health Our Way: Improving the wellbeing of older people in Clydach

Health Our Way aims to work with older people in Clydach to improve their physical, social and mental wellbeing, so that they can get the most out of later life. In the words of Margaret, a group participant: “When I lost my husband, I became very low and hardly ever left the house. I thought I was going to have to go into a care home. Now I feel 10 years younger - I have my independence back and new friends. I feel positive about what the future brings for the first time in a long time.”

Bont Elim Community Church

 £9,900

- Counselling and Support Hub

To convert what is currently a derelict and unusable outbuilding to provide an area that is suitable for counselling and supporting those in need in their community.

Cylch Gwinio’r Bont

 £1,000

- Cylch Gwinio’r Bont Outreach Workshops and Visits

To continue to hold regular activity sessions, and organise extra interesting and innovative workshops in 2019/20. Funding already secured “in house” tutorials and workshops, this funding will compliment these, giving members the opportunity to gain information and experience of other craft-workers and tutors in South and South West Wales and to branch out into different activities. For example, glassmaking, pottery, weaving, woodcarving, macramé, upcycling/recycling, jewellery and beadwork Gain and maintain more and other peoples’ interests (and also to encourage others to join including men).

Felindre Welfare Hall

 £9,702

- Welfare Hall upgrade

Part of a 5-year plan to upgrade the “village hall facility”. They currently deal with over 250 bookings annually, however have potential for 100% more. The events include village clubs, Old Age, Sewing Club, Pilates Group, Youth Group, Flower arranging 2 courses, etc. The funding will be used to upgrade the kitchen, toilet and committee room to be more appealing and comfortable for all users. Plus security, signage and additional tables.

Penllergare Trust

 £10,000

- Renewable energy educational resource

To provide a sustainable training facility to improve volunteer training and engagement, to attract new volunteers and trainees, and to provide opportunities to enhance pre-employment and employment training and development for local people.

Pontarddulais Partnership

 £10,000

- Core Costs

To maintain the Pontarddulais Partnership, a charity that works in the Pontarddulais area and which was incorporated in 2006. The Pontarddulais Partnership works with community volunteers to decide on and work towards the continuing development of Pontarddulais by supporting the involvement of a wide range of people including children, young people, the vulnerable, older people and people that would benefit from support over time to achieve their potential, improve quality of life, wellbeing, employment prospects, sense of pride, community spirit and independence.

Pontarddulais Cricket Club

 £6,564

- Refurbishment of the Indoor cricket practice nets

23 years ago, Pontarddulais cricket club raised £23,000 in a match funding grant project in conjunction the Sports council of Wales to install an indoor cricket practice net facility at Pontarddulais Leisure centre. Some of the equipment, which is used by the local schools and cricket clubs has now deteriorated to the point that only 3 out of 4 nets can be used while some of the remaining equipment is close to being unfit for safe use. The funding will be used to refurbish the worn equipment.

Pontarddulais Comprehensive School

 £10,000

- Bont Comp Sports Hall Flooring Refurbishment

To provide an enhanced sporting facility for all current and future pupils at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School as well as the wider community who use the facility in the evening and on the weekend as a Leisure Centre.

St John Cymru (Pontarddulais Division)

 £4,355

- Bring It On Bont St John

To improve their amenities to better suit the needs of those using the building. Whilst accessibility in the building is good, there are elements missing, and with an increasingly diverse service user, they are keen to meet those needs. The disabled toilet will have hand drying facilities and better storage to improve access (members who are wheelchair users and the local MS support group regularly hire the hall for meetings and training - Beneficiaries - 30-40 people). 

Storage in the main hall is currently not fit for inclusive use, as disabled members are required to move the full length of the hall to access supplies needed for youth sessions. New storage will allow everything they need to run training in one location and at an accessible height (Beneficiaries – 90 members)

Ty Croeso

 £2,700

- Maintaining support for Ty Croeso’s activities

Maintaining activity at Tŷ Croeso through ensuring a proportion of the annual income. Activities include - Food bank (10-12 people per week); Personal counselling service (5 people); ‘Families Anonymous’ (5 people); Exercise (8 people); Credit Union (6 people); Welsh Learners (10-12 people); ‘Tea and Hymns’ (20-30 people, monthly); Wellness walks (10 people, monthly); drop-in service giving vulnerable individuals an opportunity for a chat and a cup of tea in a warm friendly atmosphere (2-6 people each week).

Village Voices

 £5,640

– Continue and growing their community choir

The project is to grow their Community Choir. With increasing interest in the physical, psychological and emotional benefits of singing as a group, they hope to expand and to be able to offer the choir free or at a very small fee to encourage more members of the local community and beyond to attend and experience the benefits of involvement.

Round 2 - October 2019

6th Llangyfelach Scout Group

 £5,875

- Improved toilets access and facilities     

To ensure one toilet area is fully accessible to those who are disabled and to improve facilities through creation of shower area. It is planned to use the building and the land behind it for camping experiences for the scout group’s children and other local groups and so the shower facility will be a much needed addition. 

Carmel Baptist Chapel, Pontlliw

 £4,933

- Refurbishment of Vestry floor      

After so many years of use by members and so many of the community, the time has come to start to renew and replace to ensure that the vestry still looks its best. The grant will be used to replace the flooring in the toilets, hallway and the kitchen which has all become old and well-worn.

Clydach Senior Citizens Social Club

 £2,636

- Enabling Social Interaction for the Elderly

To enable elderly members of the community to spend time with others, as proven to be essential to a senior's mental and emotional health, and physical well-being. Throughout the year 2020, the club intends to organise at least 6 one-day coach trips to various towns chosen by the club's members.

Craig Cefn Parc Welfare Institute

£34,743

- Refurbishment of the Welfare Community Hall 

To improve catering facilities for community events including pop-up kitchens and deli’s, ‘One Mile Breakfasts’, lunch and supper clubs, curry nights, parties, discos and teas, cookery demonstrations and classes, light refreshments following presentation events and local sports tournaments.

Friends of Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach

 

£35,000

- Refurbishment of Pavilion

To provide Public Toilets including a disabled toilet which will be open daily during daylight hours and refurbishing the Pavilion to include painting, new lighting, wall lining, repairing showers and toilets, new upvc windows, repairs to gutters and other repair works.

Friends of Coedbach Park, Pontarddulais

£22,000

- Safe Passage/Aging Well

To create a proper safe tarmac disabled width pathway in the Park connecting the Coedbach Road entrance with the Gwynfryn Road entrance so that people with prams, or walking difficulties, or wheelchairs can come into the Park and have safe passage to walk from one entrance to the other and also around the football field for health benefits.

Llangyfelach Community Council

£15,000

- New play equipment in Y Llwyni Park

To install a range of play equipment encouraging children to lead an active outdoor life and provide a place for families to meet and socialise in the fresh air.

Pontlliw & Tircoed Community Council

£3,074

- Don’t be afraid of IT!

To improve use of information technology by all members of the community but specifically those who may not currently use information technology, may not use it to any great extent or who are afraid of it.

2019 TOTAL ALLOCATION:

£208,432

 


2020

Round & Date Awarded Grant Recipient

Amount

Description

Round 3 - 16th March 2020

Dance to Health Pontarddulais

£1,000

To improve the health and wellbeing of individuals particularly older people, and to help to prevent falls including new extension to our programme is gained from information about “Radjo Taiso” a Japanese exercise scheme for older people.

Friends of Clydach Heritage Centre £1,000

Display stand for model of Swansea Canal Lock and display panel for artefacts and materials in outdoor display area.

Garnswllt Welfare Hall

£1,000

Installation of new stage lighting and PA system to make the venue suitable for music acts, plays and events, and new tables and chairs are urgently needed to allow us to use the venue to its full capacity.

Old Blacksmith Men's Shed Clydach

£1,000

To purchase an electric retractable awning to erect at the front of the Shed providing an extension of the workshop space allowing extra people to have more room to work on their projects.

Penllergare Trust

£958

Penllergare Valley Woods has a number of historic hazel coppices. The aim of the project is to fully identify these coppices, start a planned programme of their restoration and maintenance and establish a team of volunteers to help to deliver that programme.

Pontarddulais Comprehensive School

£1,000

The aim of the project is to provide an enhanced sporting facility for all current and future pupils at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School as well as the wider community who use the facility in the evening and on the weekend as part of the Leisure Centre.

Pontarddulais Cricket Club

£1,000

To provide an accessible toilet that all club members and visiting organisations (teams/local groups) can use. This project would therefore improve our facilities for members whilst providing an improved facility for all of the community.

Pontarddulais Partnership (food project)

£1,000

To develop the free food and food bank project further and to develop volunteers to take our Food and Nutrition project further into the community and to distribute food via our food bank and food surplus collections.

Pontarddulais Partnership (group support)

£946

Working with the Our Neighbourhood Development Officer to set-up and support small community groups which are currently not constituted. This funding will cover meeting room costs in order to include all those who need the support of these groups without people having to face barriers due to financial constraints.

Pontarddulais Town FC

£1,000

Fencing of Pontarddulais AFC Playing Fields to provide a fun and safe environment for the children, young people and adults of Pontarddulais to participate in football training and games.

Round 4 - March 2020 (Covid 19 response, Community & Town councils)

Clydach Community Council

£300

 

Llangyfelach Community Council

£300

 

Pontlliw and Tircoed Community Council

£300

 

Pontardulais Town Council

£300

 

Penllergaer Community Council

£300

 

Mawr Community Council

£300

Round 5 - April 2020 (Covid 19 response, Community & Town councils)

Clydach Community Council

 

£1,000

 

Llangyfelach Community Council

£1,000

 

Pontlliw and Tircoed Community Council

£1,000

 

Pontardulais Town Council

£1,000

 

Penllergaer Community Council

£1,000

 

Mawr Community Council

£1,000

 

2020 TOTAL ALLOCATION:

£17,704


2021

Round & Date Awarded Grant Recipient

Amount

Description
Round 6 – Small Grants – January 2021

Pontarddulais Age Concern

£6,140

To provide monthly contact and a delivered lunch to ensure that older people in the group continue to have a meal and that social and health information is shared and discussed. This maintains the engagement of the group members and has motivated people to stay safe and positive until we can meet up.

There will also be access to a technology service so that people can be helped to develop the use of technology to meet their individual needs with confidence, in a safe way and avoid scams.

 

Bont Elim Community Church

£9,980

Before lockdown, we were seeing a thousand visits per week in our premises. Benefitting 350 different under 18s, all the way up to seniors and occupational therapy groups, over 84 hours of delivery. The intention, when it is safe to do so, is to rebuild all the groups and classes within the building, as well as expand our services over the next season.

 

Friends of Coed Bach Park

£10,000

Provision of play equipment. The primary aim is to provide for a group of young people that have limited access to outside facilities where they can socialise. Because of the accessibility and robustness of the equipment around 500 young people will at times be involved.

 

Pontarddulais Cricket Club

£10,000

To create a new 3 bay practice facility to cater for the increase in numbers participating at the club, a facility that is accessible for all members in particular the increasing number of women and girls.

 

Pontarddulais Partnership

£10,000

To build on and enhance the work carried out by the Partnership from Canolfan y Bont during the initial Covid-19 lockdown periods to encourage the participation of the community to regain confidence and independence allowing them to reconnect within the community.

 

Garnswllt Welfare Hall

£8,419

For work that is essential for the safety of the building and to ensure the future use of a valuable asset to the local community. The internal flooring requires lifting and replacing so that structural external work can be carried out. Installation of smart screen when building work is complete.

Round 6 (Medium Grants) - January 2021

Friends of Craig Cefn Park

£30,000

To create a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) which will be built on land that has been identified for development for use by the community.

 

Mawr Community Council

£28,472

To carry out vital underpinning work at Garnswllt Welfare Hall to ensure it is fit to deliver services in future years.

 

Pontardulais Town Band

£28,548

To carry out improvements to the Bandroom, including installing a heating system, replacement flooring and secure boundary gating

 

Pontlliw & Tircoed Community Council

£15,000

To renew the surface of the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Pontlliw Park to make it useable for many years to come. This will enable all members of the community to have access to a safe environment in which to play, exercise and meet.

 

RSPCA Llys Nini

£13,276

To enhance community well-being by providing a shelter for a safe, socially distanced, green environment to encourage children to play out doors and bring together parents/carers who may otherwise be isolated but to do this is a well ventilated, semi-open environment.

Round 6 Deferred - Approved April 2021

Pontarddulais Town Football Club

£30,000

To install a sports field drainage system at the bottom pitch at Coed Bach Park to enable young people from the local community to take part in Football games and training in all weathers.

Round 7 Small-Medium Grants - Approved 4th October 2021

Craig Cefn Park Welfare Hall

£29,291.48

To replace the main roof on Craig Cefn Parc Welfare Hall.

 

Felindre Welfare Hall

£9,999.60

To establish the Felindre Exercise Trail which will be used to increase physical activity and improve health and wellbeing in the community.

 

Friends of Coed Gwilym Park

£25,000

Contribution towards the construction of a new Community Club House which will occupy a focal point in the park with most users passing by it when they use the park facilities.

 

Graig Merthyr Memorial

£3,000

To restore a war memorial that was dedicated to miners that went to war and never returned.

 

Mawr Community Council - Garnswllt Field

£4,559.52

The project is part of the regeneration of Garnswllt Field to enable the community to maximise the use of green space in their local area.

 

Penllergare Trust

£27,350

The Trust will integrate and install an Air Source Heat Pump as part of the new Visitor Centre that is being built.

 

Pontarddulais Comprehensive School - Acoustic panels

£30,000

Replacement of acoustic panels in main school hall with additional provision in respect of audio-visual equipment and additional seating

 

Pontarddulais Partnership

£30,000

Revitalisation of Play Area in Coed Bach Park by putting in place new play equipment that will benefit children and young people aged between 2-14 years old.

 

Pontarddulais Town FC

£10,000

Purchase of a new mower to cut the grass on the sports fields at Coed Bach Park, enabling young people from the local community to take part in Football games and training.

 

Swansea Canal Society

£29,417

Towards “Phase One” of the refurbishment of the Clydach Canal Centre, starting with the structural design, ground investigation, architectural design and schedule of works.

Round 7 Micro Grants - Approved 4th October 2021

Friends of Clydach Heritage Centre

£982

To interpret the story of the Clydach War Memorial Hospital by means of the commemorative plaques removed from the building when it closed down in 2015 and from archive information about the Hospital.

 

Pontarddulais Bowls Club

£950

To replace 5-year old team shirts that are no longer fit for purpose or available in the market place with 30 new shirts for the 2022 season.

 

2021 TOTAL ALLOCATION SO FAR:

£400,384.60

 

Running total allocated since the fund began:

£626,520.34

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