Maesgwyn Community Benefit Fund
1. WHAT IS THE MAESGWYN WIND FARM COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND?
The community fund is an extra volutary benefit offered by Pennant Walters to the communities living closest to the wind farm operation (1.7km north-west of Glynneath). The fund will pay 175,000 pound (one hundred & seventy five thousand pounds) per annum for twenty five years (from 2012) or until the wind farm is closed (if within the twenty five years) to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. This amount will be split, on a 50%/50% basis, to special fund accounts in the names of Onllwyn Community Council & Glynneath Town Council.
Glynneath Town Council, overseen by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council & the Welsh Audit Office, will administer their portion of the annual fund during the funds lifetime.
2. HOW TO APPLY FOR GRANT FUNDING:
Applications are invited in “tranches” and the dates of the “opening of invitations” will be posted on the Glynneath Town Council Website, Glynneath Town Council Facebook Page & by posters placed in the Council`s notice boards (outside the Bethania Community Centre & the Town Hall), at the library, post office & various outlets within the town. The date & time for final receipt of applications will also be posted at the sites mentioned above.
CARE: Applications must be complete & accompanied by all required documentation or they will be returned to the applicant.
3. ABOUT THE GRANT:
The primary intent of the fund is to support projects that generate a genuine, long term COMMUNITY benefit under the following headings:
f) Local Economy.
4. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:
All voluntary/community organisations that have a constitution and a bank account in the name of the organisation (the account must have at least two (2) signatories). Local charities & not for profit organisations can apply but must meet the above criteria.
Schools are eligible to apply for projects that are not part of the traditional school day.
GRANTS WILL ONLY BE AWARDED TO CONSTITUTED GROUPS.
THE COMMUNITY FUND WILL ONLY SUPPORT APPLICATIONS FROM ORGANISATIONS WITHIN THE FOUR GLYNNEATH WARDS.
IT WILL NOT SUPPORT PROJECTS WHICH SHOULD BE FINACED BY STATUTORY AGENCIES.
5. HOW MUCH OF A GRANT CAN ORGANISATIONS APPLY FOR?
Applications will be accepted for funding of between 500 pounds (five hundred pounds) & 15,000 pounds (fifteen thousand pounds). Applications for more than 15,000 pounds (fifteen thousand pounds) will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances & will require the applicant to provide additional supporting documentation to the Assessment Panel before being considered (please contact the Clerk to the Council on 01639722961 for information relating to the additional information).
The applicant organisation must identify & provide a significant element of “match funding” in any application to the Maesgwyn Wind Farm Assessment Panel. NOTE: THE COMMUNITY FUND WILL NOT SUPPORT 100% OF ANY TOTAL PROJECT COST OVER 5,000 pound (five thousand pounds).
NOTE: FOR PROJECTS of FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS (5,000) to FOURTEEN THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED & NINETY NINE POUNDS (14,999), THE FUND PANEL WILL EXPECT “MATCH FUNDING” of AT LEAST 20% OF THE TOTAL PROJECT COST.
FOR PROJECTS OF FIFTEEN THOUSAND POUNDS (15,000) & ABOVE, THE FUND PANEL WILL EXPECT “MATCH FUNDING” of AT LEAST 30% OF THE TOTAL PROJECT COST.
IF YOUR ORGANISATION CAN RECLAIM VAT THEN THE AMOUNT OF VAT ON THE PROJECT SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE AMOUNT OF THE GRANT APPLIED FOR.
There will be no retrospective funding.
All applicants should await the outcome of the decision of the Assessment Panel (both successful & unsuccessful applicants will be notified, in writing, within 21 (twenty one) days of the date of the panel meeting) before starting or instructing contractors to start work on the project to be paid by the grant from the Community Fund.
APPLICANTS SHOULD NOTE THAT IF THE PROJECT DOES NOT GO AHAED OR IS NOT COMPLETED THEN ALL MONIES ADVANCED ARE REPAYABLE TO THE MAESGWYN WIND FARM COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND UPON DEMAND.
6. WHAT CAN BE FUNDED?
Any project that will have a positive impact under the criteria in section 3 above & in terms of engagement & wider community benefit.
The need for the project MUST be evidenced. The project MUST NOT duplicate existing provision but compliment what is happening in the Glynneath Community.
Projects that will “score” well in the assessment of a bid for funds might include new, additional or improved facilities or services. PROJECTS THAT REQUIRE FUNDS FOR REPAIR, MAINTENANCE, REPLACEMENT OR RENEWAL WILL NOT BE A PRIORITY FOR THE COMMUNITY FUND.
Organisations applying for funding MUST prove that their project is sustainable in the long term & that it will continue beyond the life of the grant.
APPLICATIONS/BIDS FOR THE FOLLOWING WILL PROBABLY NOT “SCORE WELL” IN THE ASSESSMENT & THEREFORE MAY BE DEEMED INELIGIBLE:
a) Funding for refreshments, food, drink & fireworks;
b) Day to day running costs e.g. affiliation/membership fees, repeat facility hire charges/fees;
c) Payment of insurances;
d) Trips & excursions that are not of educational or cultural values;
e) Projects thar impact upon & affect the sustainability of existing provisions within the Glynneath Community;
f) Religion and/or faith groups & the advancement of any regligion (unless, for example, the building that is to be improved by the grant will have benefit to the Community of Glynneath);
g) Politically biased charities or organisations;
h) Projects involving membership only organisations where the general public are unable to use the facilities e.g. Private Members Clubs;
i) Projects that require funding for more than two (2) consecutive years;
j) Any recoverable VAT on the project.
All project applications submitted will be assessed on merit.
THE ASSESSMENT PANEL`S DECISION IS FINAL.
PROJECTS THAT CONFLICT OR ADVERSELY AFFECT THE AIMS, OBJECTIVES OR POLICY OF Pennant Walters OR ITS ASSOCIATED COMPANIES WILL BE INELIGIBLE.
7. 2ND & SUBSEQUENT APPLICATIONS TO THE FUND.
Specific projects that have already been awarded funding from the 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 COMPLIMENTARY OUTCOMES. THIS IS DEPENDENT UPON THE ASSESSMENT PANEL RECEIVING A PROJECT COMPLETION REPORT (PCR) IN RESPECT OF THE EARLIER AGREED GRANT. THE PCR CONFIRMS THAT THE EARLIER GRANT AID HAS BEEN INVESTED AS INTENDED & IN DOING SO, THE PROJECT HAS MET ITS PROPOSED OUTCOMES.
8. ASSESSMENT CRITERIA.
There may be times when the Maesgwyn Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund for Glynneath receives far more applications for grant aid than it will be able to support. It is important that the applicant makes as strong a case as possible to the Panel by answering all the questions in the application form, giving as much details for each section as possible. Applicants should be aware that project assessment will be based on the following criteria:
a) THE PROJECT SHOULD BENEFIT A WIDE RANGE OF USERS OF ALL AGES & ABILITIES AND IMPROVE COMMUNITY LIFE;
b) THE PROJECT MUST MAKE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO ANY FACILITY, WHICH WILL ENHANCE EXISTING ACTIVITIES OR ENABLE NEW ACTIVITIES TO TAKE PLACE;
c) THERE IS CLEAR EVIDENCE OF NEED FOR THE PROJECT & THAT THERE IS/ARE NO OTHER COMPARABLE FACILITY/FACILITIES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY OF GLYNNEATH;
d) THERE IS “MATCH FUNDING” AVAILABLE FOR THE PROJECT;
e) ANY PROJECT HAS SUPPORT FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY & OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS;
f) PROJECTS ARE SELF SUSTAINING ONCE THE INITIAL FUNDING HAS BEEN INVESTED;
g) THE PROJECT DELIVERS VALUE FOR MONEY:
It is not expected that every assessment criteria will be relevant to all projects, however, ALL applications MUST BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE SPECFIC & MEASUREABLE BENEFITS FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.
9. DECLARATIONS BY THE APPLICANT.
By signing the application form on behalf of your organisation you will be agreeing to the following:
a) That to the best of your knowledge the information contained in the application is correct & that you are authorised by your organisation to sign both the application & the PCR (Project Completion Report) when the project is completed;
b) If any information ( in respect of your organisation or the project) given in the application changes or is subject to change, then you will inform the Assessment Panel/Fund Administrator, in writing, immediately;
c) If your organisation has been successful in the award of a grant that the grant aid will only be used for the purpose stipulated in the offer letter from the Fund Administrator;
d) That if condition c above is not met, in full, the Assessment Panel/Fund Administrator reserve the right to recover part, or all, of the grant aid e.g. the monies advanced is not all used for the purposes specified in the application or if the project does not go ahead. (In this scenario the applicant organisation will receive a letter requesting repayment of part or all of the grant aid).
e) The applicant(s) will abide by all the Terms & Conditions of the Grant Aid & will complete any Project Monitoring Form as requested and the Project Completion Report upon project completion.
f) That none of the grant aid received will be used for any projects that conflict or adversely affect the aims, objectives or policy of Pennant Walters and/or any of its associated companies.
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS include:
Age Concern Neath Port Talbot – £4,039.60 for a new Outreach Project in Glynneath;
Age Connect NPT (formally Age concern) – 32,487.58 towards increasing their services in Glynneath to include Income Maximisation, Planning for the Future, Health & Wellbeing, Social Inclusion, Purposeful Activities & Employment Skills Programmes;
Age Connect NPT – 14,772.60 – Towards the set up of an Independent Advocacy Programme for Glynneath;
Celtic Leisure – 15,000.00 towards creating new gym/exercise facilities for both disabled and able bodied adults & children at the Vale of Neath Leisure Centre;
Cwmnedd Arrows Running Club – 1,795.59 – To help establish and encourage members to a new running club based in Glynneath;
Cylch Meithrin Cwmnedd – 1,502.99 towards new equipment for the Meithrin;
Glynneath Events Panel – 1,150.97 – Set up of UV discos for 11-14 year olds & set up of a homework club for 11-16 year olds;
Glynneath Ladies Bowls Club – 395.00 for portable disabled access ramps;
Glynneath Male Voice Choir – 2,437.82 – Purchase of new portable sound equipment & new portable recoding equipment;
Glynneath Rugby Football Club & Glynneath Town AFC (joint bid) – 43,422.33 – Towards the establishment of a new Third Generation All-Weather Training Pitch (33m x 40m) at Abernant Park, Glynneath;
Glynneath Rugby Football Club – 53,935.63 – The set up of a new children`s play area & wide end wall for basketball hoops, cricket wicket & target football at Abernant Park;
Glynneath Town AFC – 592.00 for match day equipment;
Glynneath Town AFC – 4,800.00 – to purchase two sets of FAW standard goalposts & nets;
Glynneath Town AFC Minis & Juniors – 2,482.46 – Purchase of fold away posts, nets, wheel sets & coaching courses (FAW Football Leaders Female Game) for two new courses;
Glynneath Town Council – 11,000,00 – Towards the establishment of a new Dynamic Equipment Play Area for 11 to 17 year olds adjacent to the Glynneath Skateboard Park;
Glynneath Town Council – 20,000.00 towards new play equipment for Pontwalby Park;
Glynneath & District Allotment Society – 6,514.56 towards the purchase & installation of a sophisicated, odourless compost toilet;
Glynneath & District Gardening Club – 1,662.33 – Purchase of IT equipment, projector & portable advertising board;
St. John`s Ambulance, Glynneath Division – 1,695.00 to purchase defibrillator & complete necessary training in the use of the defibrillator;
Tenovus Cancer Care – 12,082.00 – Towards the set up of a Health & Well-Being Programme in Glynneath;
Vale of Neath Biking & Boarding Club – 26,722.23 towards the Glynneath Skateboard Park Project;
VIEW (Glynneath) Limited (GLYNNEATH TRAINING CENTRE) – 12,842.00 towards development of an Arts Centre;
VIEW (Glynneath) Limited (GLYNNEATH TRAINING CENTRE) – 10,475.00 – to develop a “WE LOVE READING” project for toddlers, young children & teenagers;
THE GRANTS MADE FROM THE FUND TOTAL 370,162.85 & many of them have attracted “match funding” (inward investment) from other grant providers to the Glynneath Area.