Wales goes green thanks to £300,000 National Lottery boost

The National Lottery Community Fund announced nearly £300,000 has been awarded to communities in Wales to tackle climate change, thanks to National Lottery players.

29 groups across Wales have been awarded grants totalling £295,952 from The National Lottery Community Fund to make small improvements in their communities to tackle the climate emergency.

The grants are part of a pilot in Wales to support existing National Lottery projects to take action in their communities to tackle the climate emergency. The work that will be undertaken by communities through the pilot will influence how The Fund works more broadly across the UK in the future.

Last year The National Lottery Community Fund announced that it is committing £100 million over 10 years to support communities across the UK to tackle climate change.

The grants have been made possible thanks to National Lottery players’ ticket purchases.

Community groups received support from Renew Wales and Sustainable Communities Wales to identify what climate change action they should take and what positive impact this could have. Renew Wales is a programme which helps communities in Wales reduce their carbon footprint, adapt to the impacts of climate change and live more sustainably. Sustainable Communities Wales helps communities across the country tackle climate change by working with community organisations to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.

John Rose, Wales Director of The National Lottery Community Fund, said:

“People understand the impact that climate change is having on our communities. The Climate Change Top-Up pilot is part of our commitment to support people and communities to make small changes where they live to take action against climate change.

“As the largest funder of community activity in the UK, we know that local action does not only help to protect the environment, but also offers plenty of other benefits for people and communities. That’s why it’s fantastic to see them thrive thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.”

Wales goes green thanks to £300,000 National Lottery boost
Ana Jones and Cadi Daffydd from Menter Iaith at the site with local residents.

Siop Griffiths Cyf in Gwynedd is one project in receipt of a grant. They will be using £10,000 to towards installation of solar photovoltaic panels and an energy monitor with public display to improve the energy efficiency of their building.

Welcoming the grant, Ben Gregory, of Siop Griffiths, said:

“We believe we are one of the first community organisations in North Wales to have photovoltaic (PV) systems and batteries installed as a package. Not only will the grant help reduce our electricity consumption by up to 90 per cent in our Digital Center, but it will be an opportunity for other organisations to see the benefits of using batteries with PVs as a way of reducing their environmental impact, and acting on the climate crisis. ”

Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam will use £10,000 towards working with Lixwm Community Action Group to develop a community orchard with the aim of using it to hold activities which will encourage more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyles.

Anna Prysor Jones of Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam said:

“We are delighted to have received this addition which will enable us to include another element in the Symud Gyda Tedi project. This new element will focus on working with the local community to support them to live more sustainably and environmentally friendly and to protect and increase biodiversity.

“It’s great that the National Lottery is investing in the Welsh language by funding projects from organisations such as the Mentrau Iaith, that support and promote the Welsh language in our communities and is grateful to National Lottery players who enable such projects to be developed.”