The campaign to secure a long term future for Plas Madoc could benefit from being awarded a People’s Millions grant, from the National Lottery.
The People’s Millions 2014, a partnership between Big Lottery Fund and ITV, is now open. Up to £50,000 is available for local community based projects.
Plaid Cymru’s Mabon ap Gwynfor said that the new Save Plas Madoc Trust should make an early bid to secure the maximum possible amount.
“The People’s Millions will make £50,000 available for voluntary or community organisations. The volunteers that are part of the new Trust set-up to try and run Plas Madoc are working extremely hard to make a robust business case. Everybody who’s ever been in business knows that the first three years are very difficult. Therefore a cash injection of £50k would be of great assistance to get the new company on its feet” said Mabon ap Gwynfor.
He added, “The deadline for applications is noon 16 May, which is only six weeks away. That’s not much time when you consider hat the new trust has to form a new company to run the place. They would also need a lease agreement or written permission from the land owners for five years. that’s the very least they should get from WCBC. I would hope that the Council will give staff time to help complete the application form and give 100% support to the application.”
Should the application be accepted the shortlisted entries would go head to head on ITV Wales news at the end of November.
Application forms for the People’s Millions can be accessed on line www.peoplesmillions.org.uk