Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is urging local community groups to apply for funding for their projects. The Sustainable Development Fund totalling £200,000 a year, is offered to community projects that develop and test ways of achieving a more sustainable way of living in the countryside and helps improve the quality of life.
At a recent meeting the SDF awarded over £5,000 to the Llangorse Youth and Community Centre Energy Efficiency Project so that they could install a more efficient heating system and improved lighting. Ysgol Bro Dinefwr Farm Project was awarded £8,000 to assist them with the building of an outdoor classroom, that will allow pupils to undertake studies and research on an acre of land to be used for growing vegetables and looking after chickens and bees. A grant over £9,000 will enable Powys County Council to develop a feasibility study for Brecon Business Improvement District and nearly £1,000 was allocated to help commission Sustrans to investigate the feasibility of a cycle path from Brecon to Hay.
Deborah Perkin, Communities Champion for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said:
“The Sustainable Development Fund invests in local community groups. Big change often comes from small beginnings, and we are delighted to see so many thriving projects that we have helped to kickstart. I would urge local people to apply for funding if they have a project for making their communities more fit for the future. They should simply get in touch with our Sustainable Development staff. I hope people will feel encouraged to act on their brilliant ideas, and we will do our best to help them make progress!”
Julian Atkins, CEO at Brecon Beacons National Park Authority added:
“Developing resilient communities is one of our key objectives at the National Park and we welcome applications for a wide range of projects as the Sustainable Development Funding criteria is quite broad. Please contact our Officers below to discuss project eligibility.”
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