Mynydd y Gwair Community Fund logoWe’re delighted to announce a successful batch of applicants to the Round 13 Micro grants, and the Round 14 Micro and Main Grants through the Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund.

The Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund offers grants to organisations providing services, facilities or activities that benefit the communities within the Community / Town Council areas of Llangyfelach, Pontlliw and Tircoed, Pontarddulais, Mawr, Penllergaer, Clydach and Morriston.

In Round 13, 10 successful applicants were awarded a total of £8,438.15.

Round 13 ran from August 2023 to March 2024 for applications for Micro grants from third sector organisations, social enterprises, schools and Town and Community Councils in the areas of benefit. In October 2023 the maximum was raised from £1,000 to £2,000.

Bridge Community Project (BCP) - Ongoing costs for the completion of DBS checks, training such as Safeguarding, First Aid, Food and Hygiene, Barista, etc.

City of Swansea Pipeband - Purchase equipment needed such as drum pads, drumsticks, pipe chanters and tutor books to help grow and expand the Youth section.

Swansea Fibromyalgia Support Group - Room hire, leaflets for new attendees and materials to use for activities during evening support group meetings during 2024.

Garnswllt Welfare Hall Association - To widen access to, and participation in, the arts by completing the stage fitting custom-made, fire-retardant stage curtains.

Friends of Craig Cefn Parc - To purchase a wooden tree bench and two picnic tables so that there are suitable spaces to rest, eat and socialise during family gardening weekends.

Mawr Community Council - To purchase the tennis nets and posts so that tennis tasters and coaching sessions can be offered on the MUGA site in Craig Cefn Parc.

RSPCA Llys Nini - To plant a “bee corridor” between the trees and wildflower area, across the currently barren car park using native fruit tree species.

Swansea Valley U11s District Rugby - To promote girls’ rugby in Primary schools within Swansea Valley.

Craigfelen Primary School - To develop allotments to provide food for the community café.

Mission Church Support - for 3 activities Beginnings (baby & toddlers), IT for older people and Meal with Jesus (community meal for older people).

A breakdown of the projects and amounts awarded is available by clicking here 

In Round 14, 12 successful applicants were awarded a total of £112,050.

Round 14 ran from April to May 2024 for applications for Main and Micro grants from third sector organisations, social enterprises, schools and Town and Community Councils in the areas of benefit.

Micro Grants

Positive Vibes Boxing Academy - Room hire and volunteer training costs to run sessions in Pontarddulais.

Menter Iaith Abertawe - Payment to performers, volunteer expenses and sound equipment for a one day Welsh Language Music Festival.

Friends of Craig Cefn Parc (CCP) - To run a series of educational sessions for schools called ‘Nature Days’ these will be biodiversity sessions mapped to KS1. 

Llangyfelach Parish Church - To buy new chairs which will be more practical and bespoke cupboards to make the best of the limited space available.

Penllergare Trust - To engage children from our local community on a weekly basis to learn about planting, propagating, and gardening. 

Boardability CIC - To run community taster events providing adrenaline-based activities including skateboarding, scootering, roller blading, mountainboarding, BMX and grass sledges.

Main Grants

Clydach Cockles - to provide accessible and fun dance classes in the local community aimed at improving strength and conditioning. The sessions encourage creativity and help to reduce isolation.  

Coed Bach Bowls Association - to purchase essential grounds equipment which will ensure well maintained grounds.

Friends of Pontlliw Park - to put in place a storage facility to help facilitate community engagement and maintenance of Pontlliw Park.

Pontarddulais Cricket Club - to replace their tractor which is essential to carry out pre-season/during season and end of season renovations/maintenance.

Pontarddulais RFC - to replace old and broken halogen floodlights with energy efficient lighting at the field.

Friends of Coed Gwilym Park - to support the purchase of an electric mini bus and accessible electric car to help the development of their Clydach and surrounding areas community transport project.

A breakdown of the projects and amounts awarded is available by clicking here.

The Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund is made available by RWE’s Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm. Now it is operational, the 16 turbine project can generate enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent needs of approximately 22,600 average Welsh homes. 

The community funding from Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm is long term, sustainable funding, and is expected to distribute approximately £6million over the 25-year operational lifetime of the project. 

Round 15 is now open for Expressions of Interest (EOI) in strategic partnership projects that will have a lasting impact on the Mynydd y Gwair area. Priority will be given to partnership bids focussing on community transport, activities for young people and children and climate change related projects, but all community benefit projects are eligible. We understand that change takes time, applications can be for projects that take up to two years.

Updates on future grant round openings will be available from SCVS via the website, social channels and our monthly ebulletin (Not an ebulletin subscriber? Contact [email protected] to be added to the distribution list.)

If you would like to know more about the Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund, including the area of benefit map, and funding allocated so far; click here.  

Would you like to join the Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund grants panel? 

The panel makes the decisions about which projects are funded – they are now seeking new members from within the area of benefit to join them. Click here for more information, or contact [email protected]