Eight local community groups each bagged a share of a bumper £12,000 fund this summer at Monmouthshire Housing Association’s (MHA) latest round of Pitch for Your Project. The funding initiative runs twice each year and offers local groups and charities with a brilliant idea for their community to make a pitch for a cash donation.
A panel of four judges, including Tracy of Ready Steady Go who secured £5000 in February 2018, heard from eight inspirational groups at the Glen – yr – Afon Hotel in Usk.
It was certainly an event full of firsts as ‘pitchers’ delivered their ideas in unique fashion: Rogiet Community Junction began proceedings with a song about their idea to expand their popular café to a shop – accompanied by guitar. One regular, a tenant of MHA attends the café every week and said, “If I didn’t come here I’d just be sitting at home looking at the walls.” Judges were so impressed by the group’s vision and commitment to planning the project they awarded a £2,600 cheque.
Kymin Primary School pitched their plans to “bring back to life” their forest school, pond and outdoor centre with Ed, the dung beetle (released back to his natural habitat shortly after) The panel loved the idea of providing children to learn through practical activities in the outdoors and gave the school £780. The children described the outdoor centre as, “The most fun we’ll have outdoors!”
Wye Valley Gym and Galaxy Cheerleading wowed judges with an impressive acrobatic display. The judges approved funding of £2040 to support the group in providing outreach sessions around the county to children who were unable to attend regular classes in a fixed studio. Two young gymnasts who gave a spectacular acrobatic display said that being a part of the group “Made me feel like I’m part of a family.” And “Taught me not to give up – to keep trying.” The group were awarded £2040 towards gym equipment.
Raglan Coffee & Computers: Awarded £850 to buy a screen and projector to enable group learning sessions to take place.
The Acorn Centre was given £735 for a swimming instructor to provide opportunities for families in north Abergavenny to benefit from family swimming lessons.
Rockfield Community Centre was awarded £1,100 towards improving their garden spaces and Caldicot Community Garden was awarded £1,700 to help improve pathways to improve mobility access as well as providing a shelter for various uses around the year.
Pitch for your Project is a grant scheme offered by Monmouthshire Housing Association which is open to all applicants in Monmouthshire that strive to benefit their community. Has long as you have an idea or a project that will help improve your community in any way then you can apply!
The next round of Pitch For Your Project applications will open early in 2019 - keep your eyes peeled for further updates!