THE latest tranche of grants for community projects - funded by Pembrokeshire’s second home Council Tax premium - have been approved.

Over £109,000 in grants ranging from £866 to £20,704 were awarded at a recent meeting of the Enhancing Pembrokeshire Panel in County Hall, Haverfordwest.

The Enhancing Pembrokeshire Grant aims to fund projects addressing the mitigating issues of second home ownership in the County while adding value to local communities.

The County Council currently levies a 50 per cent Council Tax premium on nearly 4,000 second homes in Pembrokeshire.

Pembrokeshire County Councillor, Bob Kilmister, the Authority’s Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “This unique scheme, which is almost coming to the end of its first year, is making a huge difference to the communities of Pembrokeshire.

“Since the Panel’s first meeting last summer, we have approved a total of £487,708 in grants to 30 community projects.

“At our most recent meeting we approved 13 applications for money from all parts of Pembrokeshire and we continue to welcome more submissions in the future.”

The latest community projects successful in their bid for funding were:

Saundersfoot New Year Swim: £2,287.19

• Saundersfoot playgroup: £12,631.39

• Little Haven Bowls Club: £4,816.80

St Davids Play Area & Skate Park Lights: £4,336.00

• Transition Bro Gwaun: £10,768.00

• Pembroke Town Walls: £15,723.27

Solva Community Council Land Purchase: £20,704.00

• Lamphey Play Area: £15,990.00

• Nevern Church Bells Enhancement: £11,000.00

• Moylgrove Old School Exterior: £4,200.00

• Peninsular Papers Printer (Dale): £3,329.00

• Dale Winter Warmers: £2,756.80.

• Community Notice Boards (Marloes): £866.56

The grant panel comprises county councillors and meets four times a year

The panel meets next on 22nd March, while May 7 is the deadline date for applications for the 21st June meeting.

To apply for a grant contact the authority’s regeneration team on 01437 775536 or email: to register the project and request an expression of interest form.

The regeneration team can also support applicants to develop their projects and bring applications together.

The application process and grant criteria is available in more detail on the council’s website at: