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£46 MILLION FOR SKILLS AND TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS IN WALES

Written by on 3rd November 2021

More than 160 projects across Wales are set to receive a share of over £46 million investment to help people into work, boost productivity and deliver net zero, Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove announced.   

The Community Renewal Fund will pilot new programmes that invest in people, boost skills and support local business – to build more communities that people are proud to call home.

The Fund is supporting around 500 towns, villages and coastal communities across the whole United Kingdom to ensure that no place is left behind as the Government delivers on its commitment to level up the country.

Many of the successful projects are also supporting UK’s path to net zero carbon emissions, giving businesses creating clean technology a boost and ensuring that jobs are future proof.  For example, £127,000 will encourage sustainable and inclusive transport solutions in South Wales, helping to reduce car use and address air pollution.

Other projects being funded include:

  • £200,000 to support unemployed and disadvantaged people in Carmarthenshire to start their own business by investing in digital, employability and entrepreneurial skills. The programme will also fund a bootcamp for female entrepreneurs, creating a networking group for women in business.
  • £45,900 to upgrade trails in the Dinas Mawddwy area of Gwynedd. A key part of improvements will make the trails more accessible to those with disabilities, helping to protect community networks and ensure the outdoors is open to all.
  • £629,000 to support and fund manufacturers in Denbighshire to implement new or improved digital manufacturing strategies.
  • £67,000 to deliver deaf awareness training and basic British Sign Language to customer facing staff at range of businesses and organisations throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf.
  • £61,000 to fund a full feasibility study to improve visitor access to Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire which will benefit local businesses and ensure the environment is protected while increasing tourism.
  • £1 million to establish a Creative Industry Training Programme (CITP) which will provide a collaborative way of working, supporting training and learning opportunities in venues across Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff.

Secretary of State for Levelling Up Michael Gove said: 

“We are determined to unite and level up our whole United Kingdom.

“The projects we are supporting today, from Wrexham to Caerphilly, will help communities across Wales realise their full potential, create new opportunities for the future and help us achieve net zero carbon emissions.”

Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said:

“The UK Government is completely focused on levelling up our communities, boosting skills and increasing opportunity for people right across Wales.

“Funding for dozens of fantastic projects the length and breadth of Wales from digital skills in Conwy to small business support in Torfaen shows how we will unlock the potential of all our local areas.

“This comes just days after £120m for Welsh projects was announced at last week’s Budget and shows that we will provide investment where it’s needed and where it can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Local authorities were invited to bid for funding from the Community Renewal Fund in May.

The £200 million funding through the UK Community Renewal Fund will help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022, the scheme that will see UK-wide funding at least match EU money, reaching around £1.5 billion a year.

In last week’s Budget, the UK Government announced investment of more than £121 million directly into communities in Wales, through the Levelling Up and Community Ownership funds, for big regeneration projects and smaller community initiatives.

Full list of projects funded in Wales 

Lead Authority Project Name Total Value
Blaenau Gwent Blaenau Gwent Construction & Environmental routes into employment £50,320
Blaenau Gwent Blaenau Gwent NEET and Adult Employability Programme £353,518
Blaenau Gwent Digital Technology Learning Support Network £179,421
Blaenau Gwent EVi Community and Cultural Centre £266,087
Blaenau Gwent Helping Nature Help us Recover £179,446
Blaenau Gwent HIVE PROJECT £145,809
Blaenau Gwent THE LIFE YOU WANT’ £216,603
Blaenau Gwent Transforming Young Minds for Tomorrow – Trawsnewid Meddyliau Ifanc ar gyfer Yfory £88,614
Blaenau Gwent Valleys Innovation Showcase for Technological Advancement (VISTA) £1,008,874
Blaenau Gwent Young Enterprise Blaenau Gwent £219,520
Bridgend Bridgend Elevate and Prosper (EAP) £122,400
Bridgend Connecting Teachers with Industry £57,842
Bridgend Enterprise Bridgend £217,389
Bridgend THE LIFE YOU WANT’ £204,300
Bridgend Transforming Young Minds for Tomorrow – Trawsnewid Meddyliau Ifanc ar gyfer Yfory £88,614
Bridgend Women’s focussed Incubator for Ambitious Entrepreneurs in Bridgend. £94,605
Caerphilly Engaging Enterprise £811,074
Caerphilly Enterprise Caerphilly £217,389
Caerphilly THE LIFE YOU WANT’ £204,300
Caerphilly Women’s focussed Incubator for Ambitious Entrepreneurs in Caerphilly £94,605
Cardiff Beicio Treganna Cycle £6,630
Cardiff Connecting and caring for Grangetown’s Green Spaces £66,876
Cardiff Cycling Together £15,300
Cardiff Employer Needs, Future Workers! £68,763
Cardiff Enterprise Cardiff £219,520
Cardiff Migrant Employment Assistance Wales / MEA Wales £110,632
Cardiff Priority Sector Skills Academies £138,284
Cardiff Rapid Reskilling £156,892
Cardiff The Cardiff Circular Economy Network (CCEN) £53,807
Carmarthenshire Banc Sgiliau Busnes Sir Gar/ Business Skills Bank Sir Gar (BSB Sir Gar) £110,160
Carmarthenshire Carmarthenshire Towns Recovery & growth pilot £226,746
Carmarthenshire Carmarthenshire’s Old Towns – Their Past, Present and Potential £187,152
Carmarthenshire Digging Beneath the Surface – Archives, Archaeology and Access in Carmarthenshire £286,944
Carmarthenshire Dreigiau CYCA Dragons Y cyfle i fynnu – the opportunity to thrive £234,662
Carmarthenshire Enterprise Carmarthenshire £201,064
Carmarthenshire Llanelli Town Centre Ambassador and Delivery Service Project £181,101
Carmarthenshire Rapid Skills Shortage Response £824,947
Carmarthenshire Regenerating Llanelli £146,880
Carmarthenshire Revitalise Rhydaman £151,470
Carmarthenshire Supporting the Welsh language in business and communties £81,600
Carmarthenshire THE LIFE YOU WANT ‘ £312,197
Ceredigion AberInnovation Productivity Accelerator £450,330
Ceredigion AnTir Feasibility Project £170,261
Ceredigion BioAccelerate £218,331
Ceredigion Building the Resilience of Historic Visitor Attractions By Developing Volunteer Ability £7,191
Ceredigion Canolfan Tir Glas £497,760
Ceredigion Enabling the Recovery of Ceredigion Towns £244,703
Ceredigion Enterprise Ceredigion £217,389
Ceredigion Lle i Weithio £101,550
Ceredigion Mid Wales Challenge Led Launch Pad Series £565,789
Ceredigion New Skills New Start £231,030
Ceredigion Reverb £75,212
Ceredigion Rural Community Engagement and Outreach Project £51,000
Conwy Conwy Skills & Employability Programme for Recovery and Growth £270,893
Conwy Conwy Tourism Innovation Hub £850,093
Conwy Creating opportunities for Culture-led renewal: Conwy Culture Strategy Development £219,842
Conwy Digital and Creative Conwy £442,900
Conwy Digital support platforms for businesses and communities in Conwy £75,480
Conwy Llandudno Bay Promenade enhancement £51,000
Conwy Research on the impact of Covid19 on our town Centres £91,800
Conwy Rural Conwy Community Support and Development £141,287
Conwy Towyn & Kinmel Bay Community Connections Project £63,507
Conwy Transforming Young Minds for Tomorrow – Trawsnewid Meddyliau Ifanc ar gyfer Yfory £88,614
Denbighshire Blossom & Bloom – Community Outreach £102,719
Denbighshire Cam Ymlaen / Step Forward (Pilot) – Take that step forward to employment £40,464
Denbighshire Community Innovation Denbighshire £554,749
Denbighshire Cowork Local (Denbighshire) £489,549
Denbighshire Denbighshire STEM Connect £406,832
Denbighshire Digital Manufacturing Support Cymru Programme (DIMAS Programme) £629,341
Denbighshire Economic Empowerment Project £113,387
Denbighshire Employability Skills £10,200
Denbighshire Feasibility Study of a multi-vector Smart Local Energy System in Denbighshire County £96,900
Denbighshire Not Being Left Out £10,324
Denbighshire Pixel Engagement Programme £109,133
Denbighshire READY £168,306
Denbighshire Transforming Young Minds for Tomorrow – Trawsnewid Meddyliau Ifanc ar gyfer Yfory £88,614
Denbighshire Y TÅ· Gwyrdd £69,691
Gwynedd Digital Gwynedd £157,993
Gwynedd Enterprising Communities £463,203
Gwynedd Feasibility Study of a multi-vector Smart Local Energy System in Gwynedd County £107,100
Gwynedd Gwynedd Digital and Net Zero Business Academy £340,077
Gwynedd Llwybrau Mawddwy Cymru [Mawddwy Trails Wales] £45,900
Gwynedd Prosiect Net Zero Gwynedd £600,987
Gwynedd Sesiwn Fawr Development Project £45,900
Gwynedd Team Around the Young Person £387,600
Gwynedd Training and experience in the outdoor sector in Gwynedd. £512,420
Isle of Anglesey Adfywio Mon Renewal Programme £591,600
Isle of Anglesey Cefnogi Busnesau Môn £217,062
Isle of Anglesey Feasibility Study of a multi-vector Smart Local Energy System in Isle of Anglesey County £96,900
Isle of Anglesey Innovation Island £924,017
Isle of Anglesey Môn Ymlaen £372,666
Isle of Anglesey Providing high quality Level 4 Health and Social Care Education in North Wales £517,915
Merthyr Tydfil Creative Industry Training Programme £1,027,119
Merthyr Tydfil Encouraging Enterprise £555,170
Merthyr Tydfil H FACTOR Carbon Economy College (CEC) £218,360
Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr’s Roots – a living landscape £173,135
Monmouthshire Caldicot Community Partnership £82,309
Monmouthshire Carbon Free Future £136,680
Monmouthshire Digital Customer Acquisition: Moving the Needle £606,334
Monmouthshire iConnect £122,611
Monmouthshire Space for Local Production – SFLP £167,063
Monmouthshire The Future is Us – young people have their say £168,491
Monmouthshire The Zero Carbon Llanarth Village Plan £122,400
Monmouthshire Transforming MonLife’s Major Assets £467,620
Monmouthshire Wye Valley River Festival CIC Growing Community Interests £169,848
Neath Port Talbot A roadmap for restoring, enhancing and connecting Green Infrastructure for people and nature in a post-industrial landscape £446,865
Neath Port Talbot Digital Bridges -Bridging the Digital Divide £315,251
Neath Port Talbot JOBSTART £510,000
Neath Port Talbot Neath Port Talbot Third Sector Grant Scheme £510,000
Neath Port Talbot Next Steps – Employability Support and Work Experience £509,543
Neath Port Talbot Supporting Business Growth and Innovation £120,715
Newport Business Support in Pillgwenlly £60,741
Newport Development of Welsh Institute of Digital Information (WIDI), Research and Development Centre in Newport £745,617
Newport Foot in the Door £858,642
Newport Greening Maindee £176,480
Newport Newport 360 £408,642
Newport Sgiliau £335,457
Newport Young Enterprise Newport £217,389
Pembrokeshire Climate Adaptation – Addressing climate risks in Pembrokeshire’s Communities £50,175
Pembrokeshire Developing the Pembroke Town Walls Management Plan £119,484
Pembrokeshire Ecosystem Enterprise Partnership – Building Natural Solutions £142,943
Pembrokeshire ESP – Enterprise & Skills Pembrokeshire £1,388,102
Pembrokeshire Feasibility Study – Winter Toursim in North East Pembrokeshire £242,835
Pembrokeshire Passion & Parking at Freshwater West – working together for a sustainable future £61,342
Pembrokeshire Pembrokeshire Open to All £78,465
Pembrokeshire Resourceful Communities: Towards a wellbeing economy £522,598
Pembrokeshire Thrive Project £316,950
Powys Enterprise Powys £217,389
Powys Green Heart of Wales/Zero Carbon Mid Wales £523,962
Powys Montgomery Canal restoration feasibility £336,666
Powys Powys Community Skills Initiative £764,863
Powys Powys County Council – Go Green To Get Clean. £408,000
Powys Powys Localities Initiative £428,232
Rhondda Cynon Taf Connecting Teachers with Industry £89,899
Rhondda Cynon Taf Focus Enterprise RCT £217,389
Rhondda Cynon Taf Heel Your High Street £624,121
Rhondda Cynon Taf Ideas to Innovation (I2I) £559,526
Rhondda Cynon Taf Improving Deaf Awareness and supporting people with hearing loss in the Community £67,626