A TOTAL of seven North Wales community projects have been awarded a share of more than £568,000 in funding by the Welsh Government.

The Community Facilities Programme funds well-used amenities to improve sustainability, providing opportunities for local people as part of their day-to-day lives.

The latest awardees of up to £250,000 are:

• Canolfan Glanhwfa Cyf, Anglesey - £250,000 towards completely refurbishing the chapel and creating a community hub.

• Enbarr Foundation, Flintshire - £237,000 towards resurrecting the John Summers Building in Sealand (Old Steelworks) to enable the community to access employment opportunities.

The latest smaller fund awardees (up to £25,000) are:

• Prestatyn Men’s Shed, Denbighshire - £10,000 towards the purchase of The John Moore Centre which they are currently leasing.

• Canolfan Felin Fach Centre, Gwynedd - £12,000 to refurbish and replace their kitchen.

• Maes y Pant / Hollowfield Action Group, Wrexham - £10,000 towards creating a new children's play area in the community woodland.

• Gresford Community Library, Wrexham - £24,740 towards installing new heating equipment and insulation to make the premises more energy efficient.

• Wrexham Community Broadcasting, Wrexham - £25,000 to create two studio spaces for live broadcasting and pre-recording radio shows.

The Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt, said: “As always, it is fantastic to see such a range of projects and organisations from across Wales benefitting their local communities thanks to this funding.

“After the last 20 months and now more so then ever, our communities and the wonderful facilities within them are centres for bringing people together and building back a stronger, fairer Wales for all.”

Applications for the Community Facilities Programme are open year-round and organisations can find out more by searching for Community Facilities Programme on www.gov.wales.