£250,000 of funding announced to support Welsh speaking community projects
The Welsh Government has awarded a series of small grants to community cooperative projects to help protect and grow the Welsh language.
Community groups across Wales were invited to apply for funding to set up or support co-operatives, social enterprises, and community-led housing.
21 applications succeeded in securing funding form the grants programme Prosiect Perthyn, managed by Cwmpas, a development agency supporting cooperatives and social enterprises.
One of the successful projects will see a former chapel in Pembrokeshire, now owned by the community, turned into a local heritage centre and café with two affordable flats.
CarTrefUn is a community housing and heritage project based in Hermon, which has received £12,500 to further this project.
Aberdyfi Community Projects Ltd has also been awarded £12,000 towards its goal of supporting the Welsh language in Aberdyfi by creating a sustainable economic community and accommodation for local people.
This funding will help them as they purchase the Penrhos Garage and Post Office building which are important to the community as they employ and provide accommodation to local people.
The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, said: “The Welsh language belongs to us all, and that includes every community in Wales. I’m pleased to see the creative ideas proposed by community groups across the country. These grants will help create opportunities, provide affordable housing and help protect the Welsh Language.”
Minister for Economy, Vaughan Gething added: “Social enterprises and community-led cooperatives are an important part of the social and economic landscape in Wales – providing good quality job opportunities, supporting local economies and in many cases safeguarding community assets and vital services. That’s why supporting them to develop and grow is a key aim of the Welsh Government.
“I’m pleased we have been able to support this project, which is playing an important role in helping co-operatives and social enterprises to support Welsh-speaking communities. Delivering this project through Cwmpas has also ensured the project aligns and benefits from the wider support available through Social Business Wales.”
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