South East Wales Community Economic Development programme

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council is one of six local authorities operating the European Regional Development Fund SEWCED programme in the South East Wales area until 2015.

This project aims to build economic sustainable communities through the grant programme and focus' on:

  • increasing the economic contribution of the third sector
  • improving services for communities where gaps can be clearly identified
  • developing local networks that engage local communities to find and implement local solutions
  • promoting social inclusion through cultural and heritage activities

Organisations who have been awarded a grant from the SEWCED programme include:

Arts Factory|, Groundwork Merthyr & RCT|Total Care Support Solutions|, Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Arts| and Dark Sky Wales Education Services|.

Please note this programme is now closed to capital applications therefore only options A and B are available and all projects have to be completed by 31st March 2015.

Option A

Type of Grant Funding: Revenue for third sector organisations

Amount of Grant Funding: Up to £25000

Intervention Rate: Maximum intervention of up to 100%

Eligible Grant Activities: Organisational development including Business planning, short term contracted staff, consultancy fees, general running costs, marketing, PR and training.

Option B

Type of Grant Funding: Revenue for third sector organisations

Amount of Grant Funding: £80000 in total over a maximum of 3 years

Intervention Rate: Tapered over three years. Year 1 - up to 100%, Year 2 - up to 75% and Year 3 - up to 50%.

Eligible Grant Activities: Aimed at providing staff for Third Sector Organisations

This programme is delivered in partnership by a six-valleys Local Authority consortium of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly and Torfaen.  The CED Programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

If you would like further information or feel your Social Enterprise would benefit from financial assistance please read the guidelines found on this page alternatively, contact the Regeneration, Resources and Performance Management Team on 01443 495151 or email|

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