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Funds available to ‘digitilise’ village halls

 
Created on 19/05/2022 @ 08:07

 

Local village halls are being urged to become more in tune with modern day living by applying for a grant that help them offer digital as well as face-to-face events.

Funding of up to £4,000 is available to the area’s community centres, village halls and town halls, to be spent on equipment that could be used to run hybrid meetings, or otherwise extend their use.

And this support just needs to be matched by the operators meeting 20% of the full cost of the equipment or service purchased.

The grants are being offered through Arwain, the county’s LEADER programme, which aims to get residents, businesses and communities involved in delivering innovative solutions to address economic, social and environmental challenges.

The types of improvements that could be funded include video conferencing equipment for the venue, SMART TVs, digital platforms, video calling equipment, laptops and tablets, audio equipment (microphones and speakers), hearing loop systems or training on how to set up and use any new equipment purchased.

Diane Reynolds, Powys County Council’s Head of Economy and Digital Services, said: “As a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic, community venues and many charitable or voluntary groups have had to adapt to new ways of working and an increased use of digital technology as a way of engaging with participants.

“To help them with this, the LEADER programme in Powys has opened a dedicated fund to support improvements to their digital presence and their ways of delivering services.”

Anyone who is interested in the Arwain Community Venue Fund for Equipment scheme should get their application in as soon as possible, and any grants received must be spent by June 15, 2022.

For an application form, or further information, please contact the RDP Team by email: rdp@powys.gov.uk or speak to RDP Programme Assistant Kat Rohts: 01597 826940.

PICTURE: Centres like the Old School in Guilsfield could be ideally placed for applying...


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