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THE FINAL sign off was given for £165,000 of second home council tax funding this week.

Cabinet approved the decisions taken at October’s Enhancing Pembrokeshire grants panel with nine of 12 applications being successful.

Approved applications include £25,000 towards Mind Pembrokeshire’s plan to transform an unused storeroom into a “vibrant, multi functioning space” for its increasing number of users, £30,000 for Age Cymru Dyfed’s outreach services to “help to address the loneliness and isolation that second home ownership and empty homes can cause.”

Another large grant is £29,000 for the ‘We Care: Volunteering Support’ project set up by the Paul Sartori Foundation as well as £25,000 for Rhywydwaith Gwydn Resilience Network Pembrokeshire, championing and developing allotments.

Templeton Community Council and Newport Town Council will both receive grants for community projects of £4,000 and £13,000 respectively while Saundersfoot’s Regency Hall will also benefit from funding for new chairs.

Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre has been awarded £15,000 towards gaining nationally recognised museum accreditation and protecting its future and Fishguard Musical Theatre Society will purchase rights and scripts, rent rehearsal space and set building equipment for future performances with its £3,200 grant.

An application from the Kaleidoscope Project, which provides counselling for substance misuse, was deferred for further information and two applications were refused.

Around £1.2million is generated each year for the Enhancing Pembrokeshire fund via second home premiums.

Cabinet endorsed the grant panel recommendations at its virtual meeting on November 2.

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