Cynon Valley projects receive Community Facilities Programme cash

Three Cynon Valley projects are celebrating after receiving a cash boost from the Welsh Government’s Community Facilities Programme.

Altogether, 36 community projects will be sharing nearly £4 million under the scheme, which provides grants for organisations to buy and improve well-used community-run buildings and projects.

Amongst the local projects celebrating are Friends of Aberdare Park and RCT Women’s Aid who receive small grants of up to £25,000, to help create a splash pad and create an office base in Aberdare respectively.

Cylch Meithrin Seren Fach in Mountain Ash will receive a larger grant of up to £250,000, which will be used to refurbish their current building to enable them to increase the number of childcare places on offer.

Welcoming the news, Cynon Valley AM Vikki Howells said:-
“This is great news for Cynon Valley, and I would like to congratulate the three projects who have been successful under this round of funding.

“Since this Welsh Government initiative was introduced in 2015, 157 projects have received much needed funding with a total of £28.2 million being shared in total.

“I would encourage all Cynon Valley groups to put forward their ideas and see if they can get a share of the funding to help them grow and better meet the needs of our communities.”

Charlie Arthur, Chief Executive Officer of RCT Womens Aid, said:-
“There have been no accessible services for domestic violence in the Cynon Valley since the closure of Cwm Cynon Womens Aid in 2013.

“The new centre will provide accessible services for local people which will include drop ins, outreach and group programmes for male and female victims along with specialist support for children and young people.”

Karen Taylor, Trustee of Cylch Meithrin Seren Fach, said:-
“We are so pleased to have received the grant from the Communities Facilities Programme.

“This will have such a positive impact for so many families, children and community groups across the Cynon Valley. We look forward to being able to develop our much needed services.”

Philip Rees, Chair of Friends of Aberdare Park, said:-
“Friends of Aberdare are more than delighted to receive this grant from Community Facilities Programme.

“It comes at a crucial time to ensure that our Splash Pad project will be completed by late Spring this year.”

Applications for grants of £5,000-£25,000 and £25,001 to £250,000 may be made anytime during the year.

Further details, including information on how to apply, can be found at

Caption: Vikki Howells AM on a visit to Cylch Meithrin Seren Fach in Mountain Ash.