18 November 2010
The future looks bright for Groundwork Caerphilly following the announcement of a major funding boost for the environmental charity.
This week, the Welsh Assembly Government gave the green light to a £300,000 grant from the Community Facilities and Activities Programme (CFAP), which will allow the development of new training facilities at Groundwork Caerphilly's Ty Mynyddislwyn base in Pontllanfraith.
This follows the recent grant of over £730,000 from the Big Lottery Fund which allowed Groundwork Caerphilly to take ownership of the Ty Mynyddislwyn building from Caerphilly County Borough Council.
More than £1million has now been secured to facilitate the transfer and refurbishment of the building and plans can now progress to establish an innovative 'Environment Centre' at the site. The new facility will offer activities including employment and training advice, environmental volunteering and the promotion of sustainability.
Katy Hollings, Executive Director said 'This investment signals an exciting new future for Groundwork Caerphilly and we are delighted with the support from our partners and local community. We now look forward to progressing our ambitious plans that will benefit many local people and allow us to implement even more environmental improvements across the area."
Cllr Ron Davies, CCBC Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Countryside added, " We were delighted to transfer the historic Ty Mynyddislwyn building over to our partners at Groundwork Caerphilly and this latest funding announcement provides the last piece of the jigsaw to allow their plans to proceed."
"I hope we can continue to work closely with Groundwork Caerphilly and look forward to seeing the positive results that this close partnership will bring to our community in the future," he added.
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