• Heol-y-Cyw Digital Hub

    Turning the local Welfare Hall into a digital hub for residents Find out more
  • Ynysawdre Elderly Residents Association

    Digital solutions for isolated older people Find out more
  • Aberkenfig Community Hall

    A renovation to create a local space for meetings and other functions Find out more
  • Bridgend Craft Collective

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Introduction

The Community Feasibility Fund is funded by the UK Government Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) for Communities and Place. We provide support for Bridgend’s communities to undertake local resilience planning, focusing on Health, Climate and Economy.

The Community Feasibility Fund continues the success of the Reach programme with the aspiration of developing Bridgend’s communities into thriving places to live, visit and work. It is a funding support programme specifically for the development of community feasibility studies.

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Applications for the Community Feasibility Fund will be closing on 28th February 2024.

Details about the Shared Prosperity Fund/Levelling Up

The UK Government Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) supports the government’s wider commitment to Level Up all parts of the UK and provides funding for local investment between 2023 and 2024. The primary aim of the UKSPF is to build pride in place and increase life chances across the UK.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus

Current projects

  • Bridgend Resilient Communities: Mapping and Research Survey

    Bridgend County Borough Council have enlisted specialists The Means to undertake a research and mapping exercise of Community Development and third Sector activities in the borough of Bridgend. The project will identify the charities, community groups, community & town councils, networks, third sector organisations and volunteer groups that are currently operating in Bridgend. This will […]
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  • Bryntirion Playing Fields

    The Reach team are supporting Laleston Community Council to draft an Action Plan that will include the results of formal community consultation and design plans for Bryntirion playing fields. Laleston Community Council are in the process of undertaking a Community Asset Transfer of Bryntirion Playing fields.  They wish to develop it into a community-focussed facility, […]
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  • Arts Mapping

    Reach are working with Creative Lives Ltd to undertake a mapping and research exercise that will highlight local creative activities taking place around Bridgend. The project will conduct research with a survey, facilitation of focus groups and one-to-one interviews; the results of which will be collated and drafted in a full report. A previous study […]
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  • Community Connections

    The Reach team previously refurbished Heol Y Cyw Community Hall to become a digital hub, which included high speed broadband, ICT infrastructure, a cinema screen and sound system.  At the same time BCBC and Cwmpas installed similar digital hardware in several other community centres.  The proposed idea of this project is to allow activity in […]
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  • Pencoed Playing Fields

    Pencoed RFC requested assistance with investigating the possibility of installing a ramp to enable individuals with reduced mobility to access the sports field, for both spectating and participating in rugby at Pencoed Playing Fields.  The Reach team are supporting the club by commissioning an accessibility audit, which will inform them of their options to develop […]
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  • Digital Inclusion

    Reach are working alongside members of the Bridgend Employability Network (BEN) to create a general approach to “access for all” digital training. The project aims to address concerns that the move of all benefits onto digital platforms for  Universal Credit (UC) by 2028 will lead to some digitally excluded individuals losing access to their benefits. […]
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  • Lads & Dads Business Feasibility Study

    Lads & Dads are a men’s well-being group helping to improve the wellbeing of their members, through walking sessions, facilitating talking groups and offering one on one support. The Reach team are supporting Lads and Dads CIC to develop a bespoke feasibility study. The study will consider how much capacity the organisation has to generate […]
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  • Bedford Park Volunteer Facilities

    The Reach team are supporting the development of Bedford Park working alongside the Climate Change team to provide a feasibility study for a new volunteer hub. Bedford Park is one of Bridgend County Borough Councils (BCBC) Local Nature Reserves. Llais Y Goedwig (the voice of community woodlands in Wales) has been managing the site for […]
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  • Maesteg Celtic Pavilion

    Reach are supporting Maesteg Celtic Sports Facilities Ltd with a feasibility study for the pavilion. Maesteg Celtic are in the process of undertaking a community asset transfer of Garth Park, including the existing pavilion. The pavilion has become run down over the last several years with well in excess of over £150k required to simply […]
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  • Tondu RFC – Pandy Park

    Tondu RFC are in the process of undertaking a Community Asset Transfer of Pandy Park, to incorporate the playing fields (rugby and football) together with parking areas, public open space and the changing pavilion. The Reach team are supporting Tondu RFC with a feasibility study, to explore the options for the park and pavilion. The […]
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  • Ogmore Valley All-Weather Pitch

    An opportunity has arisen for the Ogmore Valley Community Council to apply to the Cymru Football Foundation for a grant to fund the development of an all-weather pitch. Reach are supporting the Council to prepare plans, concept drawings and project specifications in preparation for the grant application. In 2019 a Reach-funded public consultation was undertaken […]
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  • Net Zero Village

    The community of South Cornelly have created a Community Interest Company (CIC) called South Cornelly Renewable Energy CIC, to enable them to achieve their ambition of creating a “Net Zero Village”. Reach are supporting the group with a feasibility study that will build upon an earlier project developed in the village to enable them to […]
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  • Porthcawl Town Council

    Porthcawl Town Council would very much like to see and be a part of the creation of a new community building that is central to and an integral part of the Porthcawl Regeneration process and Reach are supporting the Town council to undertake a feasibility study for the potential of a new building.  The Council […]
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  • Caedu Park Community Garden

    The Reach team are supporting Ogmore Valley Community Council (OVCC) to undertake a community consultation and subsequent professional landscape designs, to design a community wellness and memorial garden in Caedu Park, a former nursery site at Park Avenue, Ogmore Vale. This project is also supported under Bridgend CBC’s Community Asset Transfer (CAT) programme.  OVCC’s aspirations […]
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  • Coity Higher Community Centre

    The Reach team are supporting Coity Higher Community Council with a feasibility study to explore improvement options for Coity Higher & Litchard Cross Community Centre. Coity Higher Community Council (CHCC) are seeking an asset transfer of Coity Higher & Litchard Cross Community Centre. CHCC’s vision is to transform the community centre, make it sustainable and […]
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  • Porthcawl Veterans Hub

    The Porthcawl Veterans hub are currently being supported by the Reach team and a specialist consultant to determine the possibility of buying or constructing a self-contained building for the group to operate from. This will enhance their services and community impact. The study will look to do a complete site search, assess services and review […]
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  • Bridgend Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP)

    The Bridgend Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) will provide bespoke energy surveys for 40 community buildings and sports facilities across Bridgend Borough. The surveys will show what changes and improvements can be made to the venue to improve energy efficiency. They will then provide relevant evidence to secure future capital grants to ensure environmental sustainability and […]
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  • Climate Change Risk Assessment

    Cwm Taf Morgannwg Public Services Board are working with the Reach team and climate adaptation experts to undertake a climate change risk assessment through engaging with partner organisations, businesses, community groups and citizens. This research will identify the existing knowledge and evidence of risk to communities, businesses, organisations and services, determine what is already in […]
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  • Heol-y-Cyw Digital Hub

    The project is a pilot study that aims to bring broadband into Heol Y Cyw Welfare Hall and make it a digital hub for the community.  This hub will offer digital inclusion through providing training and innovative approaches to home schooling and home working. Turning our Welfare Hall into a digital hub is a unique […]
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  • Ynysawdre Elderly Residents Isolation Case Study

    The Ynysawdre Elderly Residents Association (Ynysawdre ERA) was formed to act as a voice for the elderly people living in the community.  Although the primary purpose of the group is to focus on local concerns, the Association is mindful of the wider issues which affect the elderly. The Association brings issues and concerns that affect […]
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  • Aberkenfig Community Hall

    The villages of Aberkenfig and Tondu currently have no community or wellbeing centre, with only a Parish Hall and community meeting room being present in Tondu. Both communities have a growing population, which will be further increased by the addition of 500 homes set to be constructed at the Pentre Felin development in Tondu, with […]
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  • Ogmore Washeries Options Appraisal

    As part of the post coal mining reclamation of the Ogmore Valley, the remediated Ogmore Washeries site was gifted as a green space to Ogmore Valley Community Council. In 2013 a feasibility study was undertaken to maximise the community use of that site. Since then Bridgend County Borough Council have undertaken a Landscape Character Assessment […]
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  • Sustainable Community Venues Support

    Reach officers identified the need for this project based on their work with voluntary groups managing community venues across the borough in the current RDP programme and in previous programmes. Groups and venues they support include community centres, sports pavilions, heritage venues etc. They all face similar issues and many require help with: Identifying a […]
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  • Garw Valley Community Action Plan

    The Garw Valley is a steep sided, narrow valley which has no through road to take visitors on to another location, therefore realistically it is not going to attract new housing developments and little industry to the valley. However it is a hidden gem, an area of natural beauty and there is a clear need […]
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  • Ogmore Valley 5 year Strategy and SMART Action Plan Plan

    The project will enable the Ogmore Valley Community Council (OVCC) to engage a consultant to carry out comprehensive consultation with the residents in the Ogmore Valley and stakeholders, to identify the needs and priorities for the valley. Using this information and considering local, regional and national plans and strategies, the consultant will work with the […]
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  • LEADER in South East Wales

    The LEADER programme has played an essential role in the continued growth, cohesion and prosperity of rural communities across Wales over the past decade, helping us to deliver national impact and achieve international objectives. The emphasis on locally led community development has been crucial to the sustained and progressive prosperity of our rural Welsh communities. […]
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  • Ogmore Heritage Trail and Heritage Hub

    Reach with the Ogmore Valley Local History Society, Nantymoel Boys and Girls Club and the Boys and Girls Clubs Wales, worked together to develop the Ogmore Heritage Trail and Heritage Hub project to ensure the history and heritage of the valley was preserved and showcased.  The aims of the project were to: Promote history and […]
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  • Bridgend Craft Collective

    In November 2016, a specialist in craft markets was appointed, to look at ways of developing the skilled crafts sector locally, and maximising the economic potential for high-quality, locally made crafts in the area. They also assessed the ways in which taking part in crafts can help to decrease social isolation and increase wellbeing in […]
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  • Development Plan for an all-weather sports facility in the Ogmore Valley

    A Sport Development Group made up of local sports groups and stakeholders in the Ogmore Valley, was set up to look at the potential for an all-weather pitch in the Valley. The group approached Reach for funding to commission a Feasibility Study into the most suitable site for a floodlit all-weather multi sports surface with […]
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  • Digital Shepherd

    Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems is one of the biggest challenges we as a society face, and this is especially true in rural areas. Managed Conservation Grazing is one of the most effective mechanisms for addressing this challenge. The Digital Shepherd project has developed a digital resource that celebrates managed conservation grazing and educate people […]
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  • Bettws Community Strategy

    The Bettws Forum was set up with the aim to address local issues and improve the village of Bettws which is one of the most deprived wards in Bridgend. The Forum members are local residents and there are also representatives from the public, private and third sectors. The members of the Bettws Forum acting as […]
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  • Tondu Wesley Church Centre

    The Tondu Wesley Church Centre, a Methodist Church and Community Centre, is currently the only community venue in Tondu. Earlier development works have enabled it to act as a home to a range of organisations which provide community services and activities throughout weekdays, evenings and weekends including Home Educators, Brownies, Trinity Care and Support and […]
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  • Strategic Management of Natura 2000 Sites: Kenfig NNR

    Behaviour Change The partners commissioned a three year project to develop the sensitive and strategic management of the Kenfig National Nature Reserve site to reduce habitat loss and ensure that the ecosystem becomes more resilient to the pressures of the changing climate and increase in visitors. The project has a steering group of a range […]
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  • Bridgend Welsh Place Names Pocket Book

    The project proposal came in from Menter Bro Ogwr and Cwmni Dai working together on the idea of exploring the historic meaning of Welsh place names in Bridgend County Borough. As it was under 5k and they demonstrated previous experience in preparing such a resource, they were able to provide a value for money quotation […]
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  • Opportunities for Community Renewable Energy Schemes in Rural Bridgend

    Sustainable Wales, a third sector organisation, hosted a public lecture in early 2017 to begin mobilizing local stakeholders and communities to take action on renewable energy. A working group then came together in a stakeholder workshop with Reach support to look at practical actions that could be taken. As an outcome, the working group commissioned […]
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  • Nantymoel Boys & Girls Club and Community Centre

    Back in June 2013, the Berwyn Centre in Nantymoel was demolished as it was unsafe. Bridgend Council pledged an allocation of 200k from its capital programme towards providing alternative community facilities in Nantymoel. Local stakeholders worked together to appoint qualified persons to deliver detailed surveys, drawings and costings in support of a future refurbishment of […]
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  • Outdoor Physical Activity in Childcare

    Reach was approached by a collaboration of partners in the childcare and wellbeing sector who were looking to understand the opportunities to reduce the likelihood of childhood obesity when children reach school age. In March 2017, an independent expert, the Wellbeing Planner, conducted a series of interviews with parents and staff at 5 childcare settings. […]
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    Completed projects

  • Photo of Heol Y Cyw Digital Hub artwork

    Heol-y-Cyw Digital Hub

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  • Ynysawdre Elderly Residents

    Ynysawdre Elderly Residents Isolation Case Study

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  • Exterior of Aberkenfig Hall

    Aberkenfig Community Hall

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