This week we held the fifth round of Pitch for Your Project grants at the Glen-yr-Afon Hotel in Usk. The “Dragons Den” style events give local groups and charities the
chance to pitch for a share of £12,000, twice a year.
Since starting in 2015 the events have grown in popularity with eight groups shortlisted from 21 applications. The judges’ job was made extremely difficult by the groups, all of whom had innovative ideas to provide much needed support across the county and a passion that left the judges extremely impressed. No-one went home empty-handed - here’s how the deserving groups got on:
The biggest portion of finding was awarded to Ready, Steady, Go, a group set up to encourage autistic children to develop to their potential. The judges loved this new idea as it was one of the first they’d heard about that encouraged autistic children in a structured way that the children could relate to. Ready Steady Go were given a cheque for £5000.
Top Stop Coffee shop went away with a well-deserved cheque of £1,750 to continue to provide a relaxed venue in Chepstow for young people with and without additional needs to socialise and enjoy new activities such as creative and craft activities, dance and performance and sports. The judges were impressed at how the café was run by a group of young people, the variety of experiences offered and that the group was inclusive to all.
Four groups were awarded £1000 each:
Abergavenny Crafty Women - The judges were pleased to welcome back Crafty Women and wanted to support the
group’s ongoing development;
Children’s Services – the panel was also thrilled to support Children’s Services again this year to provide equipment for older children during visits with their parents;
Monmouth Self Help and Friendship Group are a fantastic voluntary group who provide peer support at regular meetings for people managing their mental health; and
Dance Blast – a local dance company who want to expand dance classes to people with limitations to their physical mobility, one young dancer said that dancing made her “feel like she didn’t have a wheelchair and experience a world of freedom and possibility.”
2nd Caldicot Scouts also made it to the pitching stage: their bid for some new tents was well received by the judges who were impressed at the commitment of the scout leaders and the Scouts and Cub Scouts themselves to promoting and instilling new skills. The Scout Group was awarded £750.
Finally, £500 was awarded to a group of local GPs under the banner of national charity, Little Life Savers who aim to encourage children’s confidence and skills in life saving by delivering basic life support.
The next round of Pitch for Your Project will take place in summer 2018. If you have a project that needs funding, come and show your passion to our panel. Visit our website for information and an application form http://www.monmouthshirehousing.co.uk/pitch-for-your-project