In the last year, Barry Town Council awarded over £194,000 to 150 businesses and organisations to aid in the town’s recovery from the Covid-19 global pandemic.

The Covid-19 Recovery Fund offered grants to local Independent Traders towards the cost of initiatives within Barry to enable them to meet the costs of Covid-19 inflicted changes and to provide funding to enable these traders to continue operating post Covid-19 and to work towards a recovery.

The fund aimed to:

1. Meet the cost of purchasing equipment, machinery, and other assets necessary for the continuation of services or to be able to trial new and improved services.

2. Offer support to test new initiatives which help address residents’ needs and which have the potential to achieve impacts in the longer term and / or be replicated in communities across Barry.

3. Fund projects which will bring the community together and support the well-being of residents, especially those that will improve the public’s confidence.

4. Support Barry’s economy post Covid-19 and offer independent traders the opportunity to apply for additional support to enable them to continue operating or improve their own business during the recovery period of Covid-19 change.

Barry Town Council was overwhelmed with the response to the fund, and as a result has committed a further £44,000 to the fund which is available to local businesses in the 2021/22 financial year.