“It’s been a landmark year for the Fund – we launched our new strategy, It Starts with Community, which sets out our ambitions as a funder from now until 2030. We also distributed £35 million raised by National Lottery players to over 850 projects across Wales.
A key highlight for me has been meeting the inspiring people who worked tirelessly across the year to deliver for their communities. I witnessed resilient National Lottery funded groups that are determined to deliver lasting change for the communities. Projects such as Gellideg Community Foundation were awarded a grant of £99,875 for a warm hub and to expand its community pantry scheme for residents. The grant enabled free transport for residents in Merthyr Tydfil that otherwise have no access to transport or have mobility difficulties that prevent them accessing services”.