Celebrating 25 years of National Lottery grants

25 organisations met with AMs at the Senedd on Tuesday, to showcase the difference that National Lottery Funding has made to their communities over the past quarter of a century.

Volunteers from different organisations came from across Wales to tell their story, each receiving a grant since 1994.

The 25 projects, from 25 different constituencies, showcased the incredible impact the funding has achieved, depicted in a photographic exhibition.

The projects from Mid & West Wales included:

Milford Youth Matters
Carmarthen Youth Project
Mudiad Meithrin Cyf
Y Dref Werdd
Mid Wales Food & Land Trust
Tir Coed
Tumble Family Centre

A special surprise announcement was also in store for Carmarthen Youth Project, who were awarded nearly £210,000 and presented with a cheque.

Eluned pictured with a member of the Outdoor Partnership team at the event.

The Charity has been awarded £2,920,462 to replicate the success of their current North Wales project – to get more people into life-long outdoor pursuits.

Outdoor Partnerships have provided over 100,000 outdoor activity opportunities for people in Wales; training over 4,000 volunteers, helping over 500 unemployed people back into work and establishing over 80 community clubs and groups, with over 7,000 participants.

Commenting on the event, Eluned said:

“It was a pleasure to met representatives from 25 projects from 25 different constituencies to demonstrate the incredible impact of National Lottery investment on communities across Wales.

“Over the past 25 years, the National Lottery has had a very positive impact upon the lives of people of Wales. Therefore, it is appropriate that this year we celebrate the incredible contribution their investment has made, and we thank the players of the Lottery, who contribute thousands of pounds each week towards excellent projects.

“A massive congratultions to the Carmarthen Youth project who are well deserving of this support.”

John Rose, Wales Director for The National Lottery Community Fund, added:

“For 25 years the National Lottery has been helping communities to thrive. Today’s Senedd launch is a celebration of 25 years of giving National Lottery grants to communities the length and breadth of Wales. The 25 projects who came along are representative of thousands of other projects. They represent the diversity and creativity of people and communities throughout Wales.

“None of this would be possible without the support of National Lottery players and the commitment of the many volunteers who make our communities a better place to live.”