LOTTERY CASH INJECTIONS CONTINUE TO HELP WELSH COMMUNITIES RISE TO NATIONAL HEALTH CHALLENGE

17 Oct 2005

Since its inception in 1999 Sports Council Wales’s Community Chest scheme has helped transform the sporting landscape of the principality by helping to provide grassroot sporting opportunities in communities across the length and breadth of the country.

From wheelchair tennis to ladies football, from sailing to skateboarding, clubs across Wales have been given the funding needed to improve sporting opportunities at a local level.

Indeed, in its short history, the lottery funded grant aid scheme has distributed over £5.6 million to just under 10,000 projects nationwide.

In response to this unprecedented success, the Community Chest scheme is now looking to infiltrate additional areas of work such as the voluntary sector (e.g. Voluntary Youth Clubs, Women’s Institute) and the workplace, as well as continuing to support projects in the health and education arenas.

The focus is to support good projects which will create new or improved sport and physical activity opportunities that are additional to what is already in place and would not be possible without a grant.

The maximum grant awarded is £750 and can be used to support projects such as walking or cycling schemes, projects which encourage employees to become more physically active or those that encourage physical activity in the natural environment. Application assessments are carried out at local level by the Community Chest Panels in each local authority.