COMMUNITY projects that contribute towards a reduction in carbon and help respond to the climate emergency will receive almost £200,000 from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).
The total will be shared between 12 Pembrokeshire projects, ranging from insulation and solar panel installation to solar lighting and food growing community events, following decisions made by the Park Authority’s SDF Committee on October 5.
Eligible applicants can apply for projects to deliver renewable energy generation facilities to a community building, initiatives to promote reduction in carbon emissions in transport, install a community facility that minimises waste or any other community-based carbon reduction initiative.
SDF Committee Chairman, Cllr Mike James said: “The committee was delighted to approve a range of varying applications from community groups and clubs that are thinking of new ways to use renewable energy, reduce energy usage and make positive changes at a time when the price of energy is so high.
“These organisations provide a range of support to their local communities, so it is a valuable to be able to help them reduce the costs of running their activities and help towards making them more sustainable for the future.”
The Begelly Kilgetty Community Association will receive £13,529 to install solar panels on the Community Centre. St John Ambulance Cymru will receive £17,176 to install a solar photovoltaic system with battery storage at their training centre.
Lamphey Village Hall will receive £7,296 to install a heat storage battery to replace a gas boiler for heating water, while the White Hart Community Inn will receive £9,525 for roof insulation and solar panels.
Haverfordwest Rugby Football Club will receive £9,623 to install solar photovoltaic panels at the club house. Canolfan Clydau will receive £11,663 to create solar powered clothes drying room and covered secure bike shelter.
1st Johnston Scout Group will receive £1,610 for car park solar lighting at the Scout Hall, while the Pater Hall Community Trust will receive £3,016 towards insulation in the Community Hall.
Ffynnone – Community Resilience in North East Pembrokeshire will receive £25,000 to deliver food growing events for the community, following a successful pilot phase and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority will receive £61,634 towards employing a Dark Skies Implementation Officer for three years.
Tenby Museum and Art Gallery will receive £10,624 towards energy reduction, lighting and heating improvements and Ecodewi will receive £19,760 to run an 18-month community project driving grassroots action to tackle climate change.
The next deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday, January 2, 2023.
For more information on existing SDF projects, to download an application form or to apply online please visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/sdf.