New small business funding to encourage Welsh use

A new fund will be launched in the New Year aimed at helping small businesses in the North West develop their use of the Welsh language.

Around £350,000 in grant money will be available under the ARFOR scheme to support businesses on Anglesey as part of a pilot running until the end of March 2021.

The trial programme, funded by the Welsh Government is also being run by Gwynedd, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire county councils – with Menter Iaith Môn working alongside Anglesey Council to deliver the scheme locally.

It’s aimed at creating more and better jobs in the Welsh-speaking heartlands and encouraging more young people to stay or return to their local area.

Councillor Carwyn Jones, the member for economic development on Anglesey Council’s executive, said: ”Small businesses are vital to the island’s economy, and we are now in a position to provide financial support to eligible investment projects.”

”I am particularly interested to see business projects involving new products or services, developing new markets, utilising new technology, and supporting innovation.”

”In addition, the ARFOR fund on Anglesey will play a key role in providing grants for increasing the use of the Welsh language in business and keeping our young people on the island or even help them to return home.”

Applications are now being accepted for the first in a series of monthly funding rounds, which closes on Friday 10th January. For more information, visit the Anglesey Council website.

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