Thanks a million! £5.4million of National Lottery cash to transform 5 lucky communities.

Listen to the incredible reaction of Lynne Thomas of Cardiff University as the National Lottery Community Fund surprise her with the news of their £1million grant.

Cardiff University are one of five projects receiving a total of £5.4million of National Lottery money from the Community Asset Transfer 2 programme to transform disused spaces into local landmarks and community hubs.

They receive £1,072,692 to refurbish and extend the vacant Grange Pavilion in Grangetown to create a multi-functional community building with café, office and meeting space. They will also improve the existing grounds to create an accessible community space, an orchard and pollinator garden that will provide opportunities for education, training, health promotion and enterprise development.

Lynne Thomas, Project Manager for Community Gateway, one of Cardiff University’s flagship engagement projects, said: “We are delighted to have received this grant, which is the culmination of much hard work from everyone involved. The funding will be used to further develop Grange Pavilion into a high quality, dynamic venue, securing its future for the long-term benefit of the people of Grangetown.

“The aim of the project is to help make Grangetown an even better place through developing world-class research, teaching and volunteering opportunities that are co-produced between the community and University for mutual benefit.

“Grange Pavilion is a partnership project between Cardiff University and residents’ groups Grange Pavilion Project (GPP), Grangetown Community Action (GCA), Grange Pavilion CIO and Cardiff Council and is supported by Garfield Weston Foundation, Cardiff Bay Rotary Club, Cardiff and Vale College, Cardiff Council Neighbourhood Partnerships, IKEA, ASDA, The Hideout Coffee Shop and other key partners.”

Elsewhere, in Carmarthenshire, Menter Bro Dinefwr receive £1,100,000 for the transfer of Llandeilo Shire Hall to create a new integrated community facility, and in Rhondda Cynon Taf Age Concern Morgannwg Limited are awarded £1,100,000 for the transfer of St Mair’s Community Centre “Cynon Lincs”, a single storey building built in 1969.

Brymbo Heritage Trust receive £1,095,915 to renovate and redevelop the 1920’s-built Machine Shop building at the Brymbo Steelworks site, and in Newtown, Powys, Going Green for Living Community Land Trust Limited receive £1,098,819 for the transfer of 130 acres of open space in Newtown to create a multi-functional site with the aim of establishing Newtown as a Stop & Stay visitor destination.

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