New £10 million grant scheme to support children and families

The Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty, Vaughan Gething, has announced a series of new grants totalling £10 million to organisations working with families and children. Each of the five Children and Families Delivery Grants will address a specific priority over three years to support the Welsh Government’s tackling poverty agenda and give children a voice.

The funding will support projects to address childcare, play, supporting  children, young people and families, engagement with families and policy and strategic development to benefit and families in Wales.

The Deputy Minster said:

“These new grants see a more focussed approach to our work with third sector organisations that support our work to tackle poverty in Wales. The projects will enhance and develop the range of work already being undertaken by the Welsh Government to support thousands of families and children.”

Details of the five grants are:

Childcare grant

A new childcare consortium, CWLWM, led by Mudiad Meithrin has been awarded £4,324,396 to develop innovative solutions to providing flexible childcare opportunities that meet the needs of families. The consortium also includes the other 4 national childcare organisations in Wales (Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs, National Day Nurseries Association, Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years and Wales Pre-School Providers Association). The grant will fund a range of services and activities including childcare places, training and research into childcare and play issues.

Play grant

Groundwork Wales has been awarded £1,410,028 to increase the accessibility and quality of children’s outdoor play opportunities in areas of high deprivation. Over 11,500 children are expected to be involved in the programme’s play activities, which will be delivered with partners SNAP Cymru

Supporting Families grant

The Informed Families project run by ProMo Wales has been awarded £1,532,391 to develop a bilingual, online information service for families. The service will build on the range of services already offered through Families First and Flying Start. This project will be deliver with partners Action for Children and Diverse Cymru.

Engagement grant

Tros Gynnal Plant’s All Wales Restorative Approaches Family Engagement Project has been awarded to £882,000 to deliver training on intervening and providing help to families in difficulty. Over 550 parents and practitioners will be involved in training projects.

Policy and Strategic Development grant

Children in Wales has been awarded £1,874,527 to create a centre of excellence for children’s rights. Its work will include ensuring that the voice of the child is heard in decisions that affect them, raising awareness, establishing and promoting best practice and provide evidence based advice to issues related to children’s rights. Delivery partners for this work will be Tros Gynnal Plant and Voices from Care Cymru.