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Written Statement - Consultation on the future of the Community Facilities and Activities Programme

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Carl Sargeant, Minister for Local Government and Communities

 

The Community Facilities and Activities Programme (CFAP) was launched in November 2002. CFAP is a capital grant scheme which aims to help community and voluntary organisations provide facilities that will promote the regeneration of communities. CFAP currently provides capital funding of up to £300,000 over a period of up to three financial years directly to applicants.  To date CFAP has committed over £98 million to 860 community projects across Wales.

In its present format CFAP can be accessed by any third sector organisation, as long as it is properly incorporated and not profit-distributing. It is popular; always over subscribed and it has an all-Wales remit.
The Welsh Government keeps all its grant programmes under review to ensure that they continue to be fit for purpose. I am therefore launching a consultation inviting and stakeholders to give their views on proposed changes to CFAP.
As part of the consultation Communities Division officials will be meeting with stakeholders at:
  • Newtown - 20 September 2012 
  • Llandudno Junction - 21 September 2012 
  • Merthyr Tydfil - 1 October 2012

The consultation period will end on 31 October 2012.

This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed. Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns I would be happy to do so.