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Notice: Cost of Living Support Scheme

Extra time for community-run venues to benefit from digital investment

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20/06/2022

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One-month extension for community venues to apply and spend grant funding to help offer digital and face-to-face events.

Funding of up to £4,000 is available to the county's community run-venues to be spent on equipment that could be used to run hybrid meetings, or otherwise extend their use. And this support just needs to be matched by the operators meeting 20 per cent of the full cost of the equipment or service purchased.

The grants are being offered through Arwain, the county's LEADER programme, which aims to get residents, businesses and communities involved in delivering innovative solutions to address economic, social and environmental challenges.*

The types of improvements that could be funded include video conferencing equipment for the venue, SMART TVs, digital platforms, video calling equipment, laptops and tablets, audio equipment (microphones and speakers), hearing loop systems or training on how to set up and use any new equipment purchased.

Applications for mobile equipment will also be considered for some community groups, but you'll need to get in touch the with RDP team to discuss further before submitting the application.

Cllr David Selby, Cabinet Member for a More Prosperous Powys said:"The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our community-run venues, with them having to adapt to new ways of working by introducing digital technology. To support them with this, grant funding from the LEADER programme in Powys has become available to provide improvements to their digital presence and their ways of delivering services."

Anyone who is interested in the Arwain Community Venue Fund for Equipment scheme should get their application in as soon as possible, and any grants received must now be spent by 15 July 2022.

For an application form, or further information, please contact the RDP Team by email: rdp@powys.gov.uk or speak to RDP Programme Assistant Kat Rohts: 01597 826940.