BREAKING NEWS: Success for Women Making a Difference and the women of Wales

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·         WMAD awarded funding from the Welsh Government’s Equality and Inclusion Grant
·         The ‘Balancing Power Project will be delivered to women across Wales
·         The project aims to make a difference in communities and public life

success stampNFWI’s Women Making a Difference (WMAD) are proud to have been awarded funding as part of the Welsh Government’s Equality and Inclusion Grant.  

The funding will be used over a period of three years from April 2014 until 2017 to deliver the ‘Balancing Power Project’ across Wales. 

The project is designed to raise women’s aspirations in public life through training and mentoring. In turn this will help to build better communities which will benefit from having trained volunteers to face issues and bring about change.

Paula Manley, WMAD Project Manager, explained “we are delighted that we have been successful in our bid to deliver our new ‘Balancing Power Project’ to ‘real’ women across Wales. This really is a win-win situation for both the women in Wales and their communities.” 

The grant was open to third sector organisations and received applications from 191 organisations, submitting proposals for approximately £15.3 million per year in total. The total amount of funding available for the Grant is up to £1.645 million per year, which was split between a total of 16 successful applications. 

According to the written statement issued by the Welsh Government, Jeff Cuthbert, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, explained that the amount of funding is constrained due to the “very challenging economic climate”. 

Paula continues that “given the competitive environment, Women Making a Difference are especially appreciative of this funding which is essential if we are to have an impact on the under-representation of women in public life in Wales. We are very much looking forward to starting this exciting new venture." 

To read the full written statement from the Welsh Government, please click here: http://wales.gov.uk/about/cabinet/cabinetstatements/2014/equalityandinclusion/?lang=en
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