Financial support available for community groups in the Llandderfel area

Date 21/10/2016

Financial support available for community groups in the Llandderfel area

Community groups based in the Llandderfel area are urged to consider whether they could benefit from the Braich Ddu Community Fund. The annual fund is currently open for applications with the closing date for applicants on 30 November 2016.

 The fund was developed from a scheme to locate three wind turbines in Llandderfel (Braich Ddu wind farm) and as part of the permission, the agreement was that the developer provides £3,000 annually for a period of 25 years. The aim of the fund is to benefit the local community by promoting, developing and supporting sustainable projects within the Llandderfel community. The fund can support projects that are related to energy conservation as well as renewable energy production for the benefit of the community. It can also help to protect the local environment and reduce carbon emissions.

 Applications from voluntary groups, schools or community councils that are located or work within the Llandderfel Community Council catchment are invited. It’s possible to apply for any sum of money but it’s very rare that a payment of more than £3,000 is made to an individual project.

 The fund can be used to contribute towards capital or revenue costs, but it will not contribute towards building or maintaining buildings nor towards maintaining on-going permanent services or activities.

 Councillor Mandy Williams-Davies, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Community said: “The fund offers an excellent opportunity for the community to reduce the carbon footprint in community buildings or to undertake an activity to improve the local environment. I am confident that exciting applications will come forward that will meet the opportunities the fund offers.”

 Examples of projects that may be eligible to apply for the fund include:

-       Improvements / Updating a community resource  or facilities to improve energy efficiency;

-       Projects to improve the local environment;

-       Improve new activities and services that are led by volunteers e.g. educational activities;

-       An energy efficiency assessment – paying professional fees to assess energy efficiency in community buildings and to produce reports to recommend the steps that are needed to improve performance.

 The process itself is a relatively simple one that includes filling in an application form, providing an estimate along with evidence of the group’s governance arrangements in order to meet the relevant criteria.

 For more information about the fund, an application pack or to receive a copy of the full guidelines contact Iestyn Pritchard, Meirionnydd Regeneration Officer at Gwynedd Council on 01341 424504 or e-mail iestynpritchard@gwynedd.llyw.cymru