Welsh Government funding to strengthen links between Africa and Wales

Community groups and organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding from a Welsh Government scheme that supports small-scale international projects that have a positive impact in Africa and at home in Wales.

As the latest round of funding for the Wales for Africa programme is announced, local Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths is hoping organisations such as Wrexham-based Teams4U can once again benefit from the grant funding.

Teams4U, which was founded by Wrexham resident Dave Cooke, are previous recipients of the Wales for Africa grant.  Earlier this year, the Welsh Government provided £46,000 to support the charity’s Develop with Dignity project, supporting schoolgirls in Uganda with sanitary wear, underwear and education on menstrual health.

Lesley Griffiths AM said: “Strengthening links between Africa and Wales is positive as not only does it help improve lives abroad but also brings benefits to Wales by allowing volunteers to exchange skills and have life-changing experiences.”

“Wales may be relatively small geographically but it is making a difference internationally and I am proud organisations from Wrexham are helping boost our nation’s profile.”

“In the past, grant funding has enabled Teams4U to provide aid, education and healthcare support to communities in Uganda and Sierra Leone.  I hope this latest round of Welsh Government funding will help ensure their positive work continues.”

There is approximately £150,000 available in this first round of funding.  The Welsh Government are seeking applications looking to deliver mutually beneficial projects between Africa and Wales that support the themes of Health, Lifelong Education, Sustainable Livelihoods and Environment and Climate Change.

Grants are available between £5,000 and £15,000 and any interested parties must apply before the deadline on 28 April 2019.

A total of 29 projects were funded last year and there will be an opportunity to apply for smaller grants between £500 and £5,000 in the autumn.