NEWS that more than 160 projects in Wales are poised to receive a share of £46 million is yet another example of the UK Government’s commitment to levelling up Wales, the Welsh Conservatives have said.

The Community Renewal Fund – announced by Secretary of State for Levelling Up Michael Gove MP today – will pilot new programmes that invest in people, boost skills and support local economies.

Projects being funded in Wales include:

  • £197,122 to support unemployed and disadvantaged people in Carmarthenshire to start their own businesses by investing in digital, employability and entrepreneurial skills. It will also fund a bootcamp for female entrepreneurs, creating a networking group for women in business.
  • £45,900 to upgrade trails in the Dinas Mawddwy area of Gwynedd. A key part of improvements will make the trails more accessible to those with disabilities, helping to protect community networks and ensure the outdoors is open to all.  
  • £629,341 to support and fund manufacturers in Denbighshire to implement new or improved digital manufacturing strategies.   
  • £66,300 to deliver deaf awareness training and basic British Sign Language to customer facing staff at range of businesses and organisations throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf.   
  • £61,342 to fund a full feasibility study to improve visitor access to Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire which will benefit local businesses and ensure the environment is protected while increasing tourism.  
  • £1 million to establish a Creative Industry Training Programme (CITP) which will provide a collaborative way of working, supporting training and learning opportunities in venues across Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff.  

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Culture and Tourism, Tom Giffard MS, said:

“This fantastic new fund just goes to show how committed the UK Conservative Government is to helping people in Wales into work and levelling up our communities.

“As we start working to help our economy bounce back from the pandemic, it is vital that we boost people’s skills to help them into employment and support local businesses.

“This fund builds on the success of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget last week when he announced an investment of more than £121 million directly into communities in Wales and an extra £2.5 billion a year for the Welsh Government budget.”