Selar Community Benefit Fund Glynneath

THE SELAR COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND, Glynneath is open for business from the 5th October 2015. All applications MUST BE RETURNED by 30th October 2015.

Application forms & guidance notes are available at the Bethania Community Centre or via e-mail from glynneathselar@npt.gov.uk.

For further information, please contact 01639 763390.

WHAT IS THE SELAR OPENCAST COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND?

The Community Fund is an extra voluntary benefit offered by Celtic Energy Limited to the communities living closest to the Opencast operation. The Fund will pay to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council 50,000.00 pounds per annum for four (4) years, and once 400,000 tonnes of coal has been extracted, 50 pence per tonne exported from the site paid quarterly. It is estimated that this will contribute a further 300,000 pounds to 400,000 into the Community Fund. These payments will be received for the wards of Glynneath and Blaengwrach with half going to each repesctively.

The Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, supported by the Glynneath Town Council will administer the Fund each year for the benefit of the wards of Glynneath.

HOW TO APPLY?

Please read these guidance notes to find out more about the SELAR OPENCAST COMMUNITY BENEFIT GRANT and the type of projects that are able to be funded.

a) Check that the project you wish to be funded is eligible by fully reading these guidance notes. If you need further clarification, please contact the Project Development & Funding Unit of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council on 01639763390.
b) Please ensure that all questions in the application form are answered and that all supporting documentation that has been asked for is provided. Incomplete submissions may not be considered.
c) Please adhere to the application deadline dates that will be set. The Steering (Assessment) Panel will meet at least once a year. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their bid within two (2) weeks of the Panel date.

ABOUT THE GRANT

The primary intent of the Fund is to support projects that generate a genuine long term community benefit against the following criteria:
1) Recreation
2) Education
3) Health
4) Environment
5) Culture
6) Local Economy.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANT

All voluntary/community organisations that are CONSTITUTED with a Bank Account in the name of that organisation (requiring at least two (2) signatories to access funds). Local charities and not for profit organisations can also apply. The Fund WILL NOT support projects that should be financed by statutory agencies. A grant WILL NOT BE AWARDED TO INDIVIDUALS, only constituted groups. Schools are eligible to apply for projects that are NOT part of the traditional school day. The Fund will only support applications from within the four (4) wards of Glynneath.

HOW MUCH CAN YOU APPLY FOR?

You can apply for funding between 500 pounds and 14,999 pounds. Applications for over 15,000 pounds will be accepted under exceptional circumstances and will require the applicant to provide additional supporting documentation to the Panel for assessment purposes (this will be over & above the information requested in the application form – please ring 01639763390 for further information). The Applicant Organisation must identify a significant element of match funding in any bid in excess of 14,999 pounds (at present 20% of the project cost). Monies that are available from any earlier Selar programme or from the Slear Liaison Committee CANNOT be used to match fund any grant application to this Fund.

THERE WILL BE NO RETROSPECTIVE FUNDING.

The applicant should wait until the outcome of the Steering Panel assessment in writing before any start is made on the project that is to be funded.

WHAT CAN BE FUNDED?

Projects that have a positive impact upon the above mentioned criteria in terms of engagement and wider community benefit. The need for the project should be evidenced. The project should NOT duplicate any existing provision but complement what is happening in the community.

Work that will “score” well in the assessment of the bid might include new, additional or improved facilities or services. Projects that require funding for repair, replacement or renewal will not be a priority for the Community Fund.

Organisations that apply to the Community fund must prove that their project is sustainable in the long term and that the project will continue beyond the life of the grant.

Bids that WILL NOT be supported in assessment might include those that rquire funding for:
Refreshments, food, drink & fireworks;
Day to day running costs (like insurances, repeat facility hire charges, membership & affiliation fees, etc);
Trips & excursions (unless they are of educational or cultural value and will demonstrate long lasting benfit to the community);
Projects that impact upon and affect the sustainability od existinging provision within the surrounding area);
Religion and Faith groups and the advancement of any religion (unless, for instance, the building that is to be improved by the grant has a community benefit);
Politically biased charities & organisations;
Projects involving memership only organisations where the general public will be excluded from the facilities);
Projects that require funding for more than two (2) consecutive years.

All project submissions will be assessed on merit. The Assessment Panel`s decisio is final. Projects that conflict or adversely affect the aim, objectives or policy of Celtic Energy Limited or any other associated company will be ineligible.

SECOND AND SEBSEQUENT APPLICATIONS TO THE FUND

Specific projects that have previously been awarded funding from the Selar Opencast Community Fund WILL NOT be able to make a subsequent application for the same project. A second application CAN BE made for a different project that offers different or complementary outcomes. This is dependant on the Steering (Assessment) Panel receiving a Project Completion Report (PCR) from the earlier Selar Opencast Community Fund Grant. The PCR confirms that the earlier grant aid has been invested as intended and in so doing, the project has met the proposed outcomes.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

It may be that the Selar Opencast Community Fund will receive more applications for grant aid that it can support. It is important that all applicants make as strong a case as possible for their project by answering all the questions in the application form. Applicants should be aware that every project assessment will be based on the following criteria:
The project should benefit a wide range of users of all ages and abilities and should improve community life;
The project should make significant improvements to a facility, which should enhance existing activities or enable new ones to take place;
There is clear evidence of the need of the project & no comparable facility exists nearby;
That the project has obtained/will obtain match funding (if necessary);
The project has support from the local community and other organisations;
That every project is self sustaining once the initial project funding has been invested;
That every project delivers value for money.

It is not expected that every assessment criterion will be relevant to all projects equally, but your application must be able to demonstrate specific and measurable benefits for the local community.

DECLARATION

The applicant must sign that to the best of his/her/their knowledge the information contained in the application is correct and that the person(s) signing the application is/are authorised to do so.

A referee who can vouch for the project, but does not stand to gain a direct benefit from the grant, must feature in the application. This person may be contacted by the administrator for an impartial opinion upon the project before it is assessed by the Panel.

If the information contained in any application changes then the applicant must inform the Fund Admistrator immediately.

IF GRANT AID IS AWARDED IT MUST ONLY BE USED FOR THE PURPOSES STIPULATED IN THE OFFER LETTER. THE FUND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO RECOVER ANY GRANT AID THAT IS USED INAPPROPRIATELY.

All applicants will abide by the Terms & Conditions of the Grant aid and agree to complete the Project Completion Report or any required monitoring form as requested.

The Grant Aid is NOT TO BE USED FOR ANY PROJECTS THAT CONFLICT OR ADVERSELY AFFECTS THE AIMS, OBJECTIVES OR POLICIES OF CELTIC ENERGY LIMITED AND/OR ANY OF ITS ASSOCIATED COMPANIES.

WHO HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL?

Age Connects Neath Port Talbot – 5,000.00 towards the establishment of an Outreach Programme in Glynneath;

Age Connects Neath Port Talbot – 14,709.27 towards establishing an Older Persons Development Officer in Glynneath;

Age Connects Neath Port Talbot – 32,487.58 towards extension of their services in Glynneath to include Income Maximisation, Planning for the Future, Health & Wellbeing, Social Inclusion & Purposeful Activities/Employment Skills Programmes.

Cwmnedd Primary School & YGG Cwmnedd – 11,914.00 for IT equipment for inter-generational use;

Cwmnedd Primary School – 15,000.00 for upgrading the sports barn flooring;

Cylch Meithrin Cwmnedd – 1,400.00 towards the purchase of new play equipment;

Glynneath & District Historical Society – 5,585.91 towards IT equipment for digital archiving;

Glynneath & District Silver Band – 4,780.00 towards new musical instruments;

Glynneath Brownies & Rainbows – 933.50 towards an educational field trip to Techniquest and purchase of new equipment;

Glynneath Male Voice Choir – 2,008.00 for purchase of a new electronic, portable piano;

Glynneath Rugby Football Club & Glynneath Town A F C – 87,835.87 towards a 3G All Weather Training Pitch at Abernant Park, Glynneath;

Glynneath Town Council – 26,210.00 towards a new Dynamic Park near the Vale of Neath Leisure Centre;

Glynneath Town Council – 19,450.00 towards purchase & installation of CCTV in High Street, Park Avenue & Chain Road;

Glynneath Town Council – 30,058.45 towards new play equipment at Pontwalby Park;

Glynneath Training Centre – 13,434.00 towards the development of the Rheola Walled Gardens;

Glynneath Training Centre – 14,601.00 towards set up costs associated with an Employment Support Service;

Glynneath Training Centre – 11,305.00 towards development of a new Schools & Community Green Spaces Initiative;

Glynneath Writing Group – 3,285.00 for new equipment & promotional materials;

Glynneath Writing Group – 2,650.00 towards production of scripts for plays for Local Amateur Dramatic Groups;

St. John`s Ambulance, Glynneath Division – 717.62 towards purchase of uniforms and new equipment;

Shack Youth Club – 2,176.56 for purchase of new equipment for youth group activities;

Vale of Neath Bikers & Boarders Club – 8,144.64 towards the establishment of the Skateboard Park;

Vale of Neath Foodbank – 4,161.68 towards the costs of setting up a food bank in Glynneath;

Vale of Neath Practice Patient Participation Group – 5,694.00 – 2 × 42” Screens, Web Media Player & Patient Calling Equipment.

THE ABOVE AWARDS TOTAL 323,541.52 and the TOTAL COST OF THE ABOVE PROJECTS ARE 489,411.73.