NPT Homes Invests £18,000 into Five Community Projects

Fri 21 Aug 2015

NPT Homes Invests £18,000 into Five Community Projects

As part of NPT Homes’ second Community Development Fund, £18,000 is being invested into five different community projects across the Borough.

NPT Homes’ Community Development Fund was launched last year and is a fund set up by NPT Homes to help people in the Neath Port Talbot Borough to enhance their environment, neighbourhood or community through the funding of specific community focused projects.

Of the applications that were received, tenants, residents, schools and other community groups have been among those who have expressed an interest in receiving up to £5,000 for a project idea that they will manage and deliver.

The £18,000 investment has been split, according to project need, between five successful applicants. The successful applicants are Rhos Primary School, St Joseph’s Comprehensive School, Forward 4 Fairyland Community Group, Tonna Primary School and Cymmer Afan Community Library.

The project is funded through the environmental programme, which forms part of NPT Homes’ major improvement programme. All of the successful projects are focused on environmental improvements which include the development of outdoor learning spaces, communal space redecoration and memorial, sensory and eco gardens for pupils and members of the community to enjoy.

Forward 4 Fairyland Group Member, Emma Marvelly, said:
“Since being told we were successful in our application to NPT Homes’ Community Development Fund, myself and the other group members are so excited to start the transformation. At our meetings it was noted that we are a large estate with plenty of space but we don’t have anywhere attractive outside for the children to play. With this money we are having a large open space painted with designs which were created by the families in the area and games painted on the floor so the children have somewhere safe to play. We will also be creating a community garden so we can plant flowers and have a space for neighbours to interact.”

NPT Homes’ Funding Officer, Andrew Hall, said:
“NPT Homes is committed to supporting and investing in the local community and after the success of our first Community Development Fund there was the demand to do it again. We asked for expressions of interest in early May with the subsequent stage two applications being completed in July.

The Community Development Fund is a great way of providing local people and schools with the opportunity to apply for funding that will support learning and education and increase community cohesion and pride of place. We will continue to work with and support all of our successful projects and look forward to seeing the finished results.”