Local good causes have been awarded more the £120,000 in the latest round of National Lottery funding.
£127,707 has been awarded to seven communities in Brecon and Radnorshire through the National Lottery Community Fund.
The lion’s share of the funding was awarded to Rhayader and District Community Support.
Rhayader and District Community Support, known locally as The Arches, has been awarded £80,227 to develop volunteering opportunities and deliver a community enhancement project to tackle isolation in the rural community.
Elsewhere, Llanyre Show will use a £10,000 grant for equipment and a storage facility. This will mean their annual show can run, regardless of the weather. The event provides local residents with the opportunity to socialise.
Franksbridge CP School will carry out improvements to Edw Community Play Area. They will make it fully accessible for disabled children and wheelchair users. £10,000 will fund labour and materials for a pathway and sensory wall.
Swansea City Opera and The Opera School Wales in Brecon will collaborate with six Mens Sheds across Wales to use £10,000 to develop a “Mens Sheds anthem”, and deliver a Mens Sheds’ opera to new communities across Wales.
Brecon and District Mind applied for £9,930 to coproduce a 12-month wellbeing events/activities programme. They will work with their members and the wider community to support more people improve mental health and wellbeing. They will address isolation and loneliness.
Felindre Village Hall will use £7,000 to deliver workshops to people who feel isolated in the rural community. They will offer the chance to learn new skills and try different activities while providing support and the chance to socialise. The grant will pay for staff, utilities, marketing, arts and crafts resources and refreshments.
Llangattock Village Society in Powys will use a £550 grant to buy gazebos which will be used in their community events, allowing even more people to be involved.
John Rose, Wales Director of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We’re privileged to be able to work with so many organisations, community groups and charities across Wales, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life. National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes across the UK allowing us to give grants totalling more than £2.4 million out in Wales this month alone.”