The successful projects will receive the following support:
-£330,000 to Conwy CBC to assist the Llanrwst Townscape Heritage Initiative in aiding building repairs and restoration that will secure the continued use of historic buildings
-£235,750 to Cam Ymlaen to reintegrate individuals in the Conwy area that are unemployed and may have mental health problems
-£203,253 to Gwynedd CC to optimise the benefits of developing the sustainable use of fisheries in Gwynedd by restoring and improving fishery resources and angling facilities
-£43,605 to the National Council for Education and Training for Wales to remove the cost barrier to workers in Ceredigion and Meirionydd of acquiring the management and ICT skills necessary to improve their economic performance
-£33,451 to Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council to undertake an action research project within a community led development in Denbigh
Christine Chapman AM, chair of the committee responsible for Objective One said 'These projects show that we are making good progress on the Objective 1 programme as even more excellent projects get off the ground. These are real examples of how Wales is putting these European funds to good use by bringing forward projects that will make a real impact.
'We are delivering on Objective 1 and the funds are being passed on projects which will help to develop and boost the economy in Wales.'
These Objective 1 projects will receive funding under the European Regional Development Fund, which aims to help reduce the gap in development between the different regions of the European Union, or via the European Social Fund, which provides financial support towards training and other measures that improve the employment skills of people.
Latest Objective 1 approved projects:
1. Promoting Local Economic Activity
The project aims to strengthen the appeal of Gwynedd area as a location for staging major events and maximise the economic benefit for local communities. The project will raise local business awareness of the opportunities presented by staging major events and market Gwynedd as a location for such events. The project will also offer assistance to local companies organising and staging events and provide a contact point and practical support for event organisers. The project will create 15 jobs and safeguard a further 29. The project is attracting over£2 million in direct private match funding.
Organisation: Gwynedd CC
2. Llanrwst Townscape Heritage Initiative
The Townscape Heritage Initiative assists the work of partnerships involved in economic and social regeneration by providing grant aid for property improvement within Conservation areas. Within this scheme, aid will be directed at repairing the building fabric, restoring authentic architectural or historic details, securing the continued use of historic buildings, bringing vacant floorspace back into use and facilitating high standards in filling gap sites in key frontages. The project will result in 52 additional jobs.
Organisation: Conwy CBC
3. Cam Ymlaen
The project will reintegrate unemployed individuals who are economically inactive and may have mental health problems. The project will develop effective interagency working partnerships involving health, social services, local colleges and the employment services.
Organisation: Cam Ymlaen
4. Gwynedd Angling Initiative
The project aims to optimise the environmental and social benefits to local communities of developing the sustainable use of fisheries in Gwynedd. This will be achieved by restoring and improving fishery resources and promoting quality angling opportunities. An extensive programme of river habitat improvements are planned with the aim of maximising stream productivity to ensure that fisheries in Gwynedd provide a valuable, sustainable natural resource for the local community and visitors. The project will create 3 new jobs and safeguard a further 31.
Organisation: Gwynedd CC
5. Management Learning Bursaries
The project will remove the cost barrier to workers in Ceredigion and Meirionydd of acquiring the higher lever management and ICT skills necessary to improve their economic performance. Management Learning Bursaries are designed to work around SMEs reluctance to train their employees.
Organisation: National Council for Education and Training for Wales
6. Action Research in Community Led Development
This action research proposal will run within a community led development in Denbigh. The Eirianfa Association brought together statutory, voluntary and community organisations within the town to evolve a long term vision for the development of sustainable community resources. The project will assist 15 community organisations and involve 46 local people in planning and developing strategies, partnerships and community initiatives. The project will create 3 additional jobs.
Organisation: Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council