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Pontypridd flood victims offered financial relief through new £100k charity fund
Funding allocations will be typically in the region of £500 to £2,000
A new £100k fund to aid Pontypridd flood victims has been announced.
The town was one of the worst affected when Wales was battered by Storm Dennis earlier this year.
Over the past few months thousands of pounds have been raised to help victims and businesses recover, but now even further funding has been announced to help those affected.
The creation of the fund was confirmed by Mick Antoniw, Assembly Member for Pontypridd, and Member of Parliament, Alex Davies-Jones.
The £100,000 pot has been made possible by a donation from the Moondance Foundation, a charity which supports projects which help to alleviate poverty.
Funding allocations will be typically in the region of £500 to £2,000 with applications being independently assessed and administered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT).
Discussing the good news, Mick Antoniw said: “We are very grateful to the Moondance Foundation for their generous donation to the fund, which is now open to applications from all residents in Pontypridd who were affected by the recent terrible flooding.
“Awards are in additional to any funding already provided by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council or the Welsh Government and we hope that this extra funding will help some of the most disadvantaged families to get back on their feet.”
The fund is open to all residents in Pontypridd who have been affected by flooding and are in receipt of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s £500 Flood Relief Support Grant.
Mick Antoniw and Alex Davies-Jones have written to all affected residents with information on how to apply.
Alex Davies-Jones said: “We are also grateful to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust for administering this fund, which will help ensure that the assessment process is independent and fair.
“The CRT have a great deal of experience in managing grant application processes and they aim to get responses to residents within ten working days.
“Mick and I were very pleased to distribute the proceeds from our fundraising appeal to residents recently and at that point committed to exploring all opportunities to secure further funding.
“So, we are delighted to have been able to secure this additional funding, which we know is so desperately needed.”
Alun Taylor, of Coalfields Regeneration Trust, added: “A core part of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s role is to provide support and practical help with community based projects in former mining communities, so we are extremely pleased play a part in this project, which will make a big difference to many of the most disadvantaged families in the area.”