Member of Parliament Alex Davies-Jones and Mick Antoniw, Assembly Member for Pontypridd have announced the opening of a new fund to help those residents in Pontypridd who continue to experience social and economic hardship as a result of the recent flooding.
The £100,000 fund has been made possible by a donation by the Moondance Foundation, a charity which supports projects which help to alleviate poverty. Funding allocations will be typically in the region of £500 – £2,000 with applications being independently assessed and administered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT).
Alex Davies-Jones said:
“We are also grateful to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust for administering this fund, which will help ensure that the assessment process is independent and fair. The CRT have a great deal of experience in managing grant application processes and they aim to get responses to residents within ten working days.
“Mick and I were very pleased to distribute the proceeds from our fundraising appeal to residents recently and at that point committed to exploring all opportunities to secure further funding. So, we are delighted to have been able to secure this additional funding, which we know is so desperately needed.”
Mick Antoniw said:
“We are very grateful to the Moondance Foundation for their generous donation to the fund, which is now open to applications from all residents in Pontypridd who were affected by the recent terrible flooding.
“Awards are in additional to any funding already provided by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council or the Welsh Government and we hope that this extra funding will help some of the most disadvantaged families to get back on their feet.”
The fund is open to all residents in Pontypridd who have been affected by flooding and are in receipt of RCT Council’s £500 Flood Relief Support Grant. Mick Antoniw and Alex Davies-Jones have written to all affected residents with information on how to apply.
Alun Taylor of Coalfields Regeneration Trust said:
“A core part of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s role is to provide support and practical help with community based projects in former mining communities, so we are extremely pleased play a part in this project, which will make a big difference to many of the most disadvantaged families in the area.”