NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, has welcomed a further cash injection from the Big Lottery Fund to help projects in his Region. The organisation recently announced in the Senedd, that £34m was being made available for schemes in Wales.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Culture, said he was delighted to hear about the success of two initiatives in his area.

He said: “Milford Youth Matters, based in Milford Haven, is an excellent and highly deserving project and I am delighted to see young people are benefiting from the Big Lottery Fund grant. The £240,190 is being used to support young people and help them grow in confidence, gain qualifications and find work.”

“I was fortunate enough to speak to young mother, Jordan, who told me how Milford Youth Matters had helped her to take control of her life. This is an excellent initiative and, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, many more young people will also benefit.”

Milford Youth Matters was one of six organisations and charities who the Big Lottery Fund bought to the Senedd, to meet Assembly Members to share their stories and pride in how they have taken control of their lives and wellbeing. Another local project, Down to Earth, is using its £423,329.00 Big Lottery Fund grant to work around Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire.  They are building an electric vehicle transport pool for refugees and asylum seekers.

The Big Lottery Fund today announced £34 million funding raised through the National Lottery, which will be available as grants to communities across Wales up to the end of March 2019.

Recently the Big Lottery Fund re-organised into three regional teams to cover North Wales; Mid and West Wales and South East and Central Wales.  This will enable the Big Lottery Fund to be more accessible and better connected to the people and communities of Wales, which in turn will help maximise the impact of National Lottery funding.

The Big Lottery Fund is best known for distributing National Lottery players’ money to support projects in health, education, environment and charitable purposes. We are responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery.

Over the last two years communities in Wales have benefited from National Lottery funding through the Big Lottery Fund in the following ways: Community services and facilities £40m to 759 projects; Health and wellbeing £24m to 201 projects; Learning £22m to 130 projects; Children, Young People £19m to 314 projects and Environment £16m to 99 projects.

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