The Cynnal y Cardi fund will re-open for a second round of applications on 01 February 2024.

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting economic development and businesses throughout these challenging times, Ceredigion County Council are delivering the Cynnal y Cardi Fund which is funded by the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda via the Shared Prosperity Fund.

Two schemes are available, including:

The Cynnal y Cardi Community Development and Support Fund:

  1. Small Grant Scheme £1,000 - £10,000
  2. Larger Grant Scheme £10,001 - £50,000 (Larger bids will not be excluded but a robust rationale will be required)

This fund will support a range of revenue and capital activities, and will focus on:

  • Improvements to existing, community and neighbourhood infrastructure including local green spaces
  • Development and promotion of local year-round events and experiences which encourage people to visit and explore the local area
  • Testing piloting approaches and feasibility studies
  • Supporting the creative industries
  • Investment in capacity building and infrastructure support for community groups including succession planning
  • Community measures to reduce the cost of living including measures to improve energy efficiency and combat fuel poverty and climate change
  • Investment and support for digital infrastructure for local community facilities

Cynnal y Cardi Supporting Local Business Fund:

  1. Small Business Grant £1,000 - £10,000
  2. Business Development Grant £10,001 - £50,000 (Larger bids will not be excluded but a robust rationale will be required)

The aim of this fund is to strengthen local entrepreneurial ecosystems and support businesses at all stages of their development to start, sustain, grow and innovate, including through local networks.

This fund will support a range of revenue and capital activities, and will focus on:

  • Entrepreneurship activity
  • Support Business start-up and growth development
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Digital exploitation for local businesses
  • Support to strengthen decarbonisation and energy efficiency
  • Strategic commissioning / Feasibility work
  • Enterprise hubs and collaborations to enable businesses to share good practise

Councillor Clive Davies, the Council's Cabinet Member responsible for the Economy and Regeneration, said: "It's great to see the Cynnal y Cardi support funds reopening for a second round of applications. If you are a community enterprise or business in Ceredigion, we would encourage you to consider your options and seek support through Cynnal y Cardi. These funding opportunities support our corporate priorities to boost the economy, support businesses and enable employment together with strengthening the resilience of our communities to become more sustainable, green and well connected."

To ensure project eligibility send a short brief outlining your ideas (bullet point format) and a breakdown of expenditure to

Applications for the Cynnal y Cardi Fund will open on this website Cynnal y Cardi UK Shared - Ceredigion County Council from Thursday, 01 February 2024.