Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, there have been fewer avenues for small and medium sized community groups and charities to apply for funding. 8 years of Tory-led austerity has left many community groups and charities starved of investment and lacking capital to expand and maintain their ongoing work.
With this in mind, the Labour representatives for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney hosted a Funding Information Event in Merthyr Town Football Club today where local charities and community groups were be able to meet and see what the funding organisations could offer them.
Funders included the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund as well as many others. The event gave community groups a chance to speak to funders individually, so they could discuss individual funding applications and concerns.
Gerald Jones MP said:
“It’s really important that small community groups can get access to funding, so we’re keen to try and provide local groups with different avenues for funding.
“This is the third Funding Information Event Dawn Bowden AM and I have organised, and the previous events were well attended and received very positive feedback, so it was important to us that we offered community groups and charities another opportunity to engage with funders. We’ve also invited a few new funders this year so that groups have more options when looking for funding”.
Dawn Bowden AM said:
“I know from meeting community groups from around the constituency that people are always looking for advice and ideas about fresh funding opportunities. This Information Event is a good way to bring people together and to see the opportunities that exist.
“I am really happy to be working alongside Gerald Jones to make sure we help as many people as possible to try and find the funds they need.”