The Welsh Government has announced a list of community environment projects to be supported by a £1m fund raised by devolved landfill tax revenue.
Wales took control of landfill tax in April last year. A Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme has now replaced the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), which now applies only for England and Northern Ireland.
There is a two-year transitional period for environmental bodies operating within the LCF in Wales to spend outstanding monies outstanding when the scheme closed on 1 April 2018.
The transitional period will end on 31 March 2020 and projects in Wales can still be registered until 30 September 2019, with all projects to be completed and all LCF funds spent by 31 March 2020.
Scotland has also gained control over its own landfill tax.
The Welsh fund is administered by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). The first round sees 27 projects receive a maximum of £50,000 in grant funding.
Successful applicants include Pembrokeshire Remakery, an education programme to promote repairing and mending, and a project to address the threat that the American mink poses to biodiversity on Anglesey.
Welsh environment minister Lesley Griffiths said: “These projects will have far-reaching benefits to communities, the environment and wildlife that will continue for generations to come.”
WCVA chief executive Ruth Marks said: “The successful applicants represent a really exciting range of projects from across Wales. From taking action to improve local community facilities, enhancing the natural environment and promoting waste minimisation, these projects will have a great impact in Wales.”
There are currently 23 landfill sites in Wales, run by 16 separate companies.
This article was amended on 28 January