The Welsh Government has launched a new front-line advice services grant scheme to help advice services continue supporting people in Wales.
The total funding available to support front-line services in 2014/15 will be £1 million, with the Welsh Government seeking to earmark around £300,000 of the £1 million for the purpose of developing a specialist discrimination advice service in Wales.
Applications are invited from independent, not-for-profit and quality assured advice providers. Eligible advice services will be on issues relating to welfare benefits; debt and/or financial capability; housing; and discrimination. A collaborative application from advice providers is encouraged, but the Welsh Government will consider single applications from eligible organisations.
Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Jeff Cuthbert said:
“This year’s allocation of funding will be based on the growing need for services that offer help with welfare benefits, debt and money management, housing and discrimination.
“Free and independent advice services are more important than ever given the current economic climate and the impact welfare changes are having on whole communities. Many of our advice services are facing direct cuts to their funding.
“I want to make sure people do not fall through the cracks given the changes to the UK welfare system and encourage organisations to apply for funding."
The deadline for submissions is 13 June 2014 and applicants will be notified of the outcome of the grant application process by 25 July 2014.
Further information is available from the Welsh Government website.
Source: Welsh Government, 15/4/2014