Projects including local green space improvements, outdoor children’s education areas and conservation programmes are projects set to benefit from more than £1 million through the Welsh Government’s Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme (LDTCS).
The scheme is a new funding programme managed by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).
A total of 27 projects across Wales will receive grants in the first round of funding raised by the scheme.
The Welsh Government created the scheme to support local communities and environmental projects in areas affected by disposals to landfill and is funded by the new Welsh Landfill Disposals TAX (LDT), which replaced the UK Landfill Tax in April 2018.
According to the Government, it is the first time that money raised from the LDT has been used to support a bespoke Welsh funding scheme.
Successful projects that focus on the environment, wildlife, reuse, biodiversity and waste management will receive funding of up to £50,000 each.
Projects that will benefit include:
- Pembrokeshire Remakery – £49,000 to support a community project aimed at re-educating the community in repair and mend, and contributing to reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill
- Betws Family Centre in Carmarthenshire – more than £8,000 to go towards a project to improve an outdoor space so parents and children can gain skills in gardening, growing food and be more active
- Ysgol Y Lawnt in Caerphilly – £10,600 to support a project to transform the school ground from unused woodland to a space used for education and outdoor activities
- Menter Mon in Anglesey – £49,900 to support a project that seeks to respond to the threat the American Mink poses to biodiversity. Without intervention, it could lead to the extinction of water voles and wading birds on the island
- The Vincent Wildlife Trust in North Wales – £49,900 to help a project to engage with local communities and train volunteers to ensure that recovering population of native pine martens survive in the long-term.
Applications for the second round of funding have closed. However, two rounds of funding will take place in each year the scheme operates.
Welsh Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths said: “I’m delighted the establishment of Landfill Disposals Tax has led to 27 projects benefitting from more than £1million through our new Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme. These projects will have far reaching benefits to communities, the environment and wildlife that will continue for generations to come.”
WCVA chief executive Ruth Marks said: “The successful grant applicants represent a really exciting range of projects from across Wales. From taking action to improve local community facilities, enhancing the natural environment and promoting waste minimisation, these projects will have a great impact in Wales.
“The first round generated a great deal of interest and WCVA is pleased to be working with Welsh Government and our County Voluntary Council partners to deliver this scheme.”