Friday, 16 November 2018

An Introduction to Community Shares 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Tuesday 4th December at PAVO Offices Llandrindod Wells.

An Introduction to Community Shares 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Tuesday 4th December at PAVO Offices Llandrindod Wells.
Community shares can save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, restore heritage buildings, and build stronger, more vibrant and independent communities.
Are you wondering whether community shares can fund your community enterprise/project? Do you have a funding shortfall? Are you keen to increase the membership within your organisation and raise finance from your community?
If the answer is yes then come along and meet the Wales Co-operative Community Shares Team as well have a brief introduction to what community shares are and how you can use community shares to finance your community ventures.
To book please register using the following link

Thursday, 15 November 2018


The Whitley Animal Protection Trust supports projects for the prevention of cruelty to animals or the promotion of the welfare of animals.
The majority of grants awarded are repeat donations.  However, the Trust will also provide grants for core funding to smaller charities without which they may not be able to continue their animal protection work. The charity also makes one-off grants, but a majority of the grants are in respect of longer term commitments.
There is no minimum or maximum grant level.  Most awards are in the range of £250 to £25,000.
During the year ending 31 December 2017 the Trust awarded 25 grants totalling  £271,121 (2016: £370,685) to 23 charitable organisations. A list of all awards made during the year can be found on page 15 of the Trust’s annual accounts.
There is no requirement for match funding.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of the scheme.
The Trust does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
Applications may be made in writing at any time addressed to:
Mr M T Gwynne 
Whitley Animal Protection Trust 
Padmore House 
Hall Court 
Hall Park Way 
TF3 4LX 
Tel: 01952 641651

(The Trust does not advertise an email address.)
(Source: GRIN)


The Will Charitable Trust provides funding for new or capital projects in the following categories:
o The care of and services for blind people, and the prevention and/or cure of blindness;
o The long-term care of people with learning disabilities either in residential care or a supported living environment in a way that provides a family environment and a wide choice of activities and lifestyle or by providing long-term day/employment activities; and/or
o The care of and services for people suffering from cancer, and their families.
In extremely exceptional circumstances the Trust will respond favourably to requests from organisations whose activities fall outside the categories listed above.
UK registered charities providing services in the UK may apply for a grant of between £3,000 and £30,000. During the year ending 5 April 2017 the Trust awarded 68  grants totalling £1,124,000.  A list of awards made during the year can be found on pages 13-15 of the Trust’s annual accounts.
Projects supported by the Trust are expected to provide a level of match funding. Potential applicants are advised to check with the Trust for details.
Applicants should have proven track records of successful work in their field of operation or, in the case of newer charities, convincing evidence of ability.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o Organisations that are not registered charities (or properly exempt);
o General appeals or letters/mail-shots requesting donations;
o Individuals or charities applying on their behalf;
o Grant-making organisations seeking funding for the purpose of awarding grants to others;
o Applications for less than £3,000;
o Charities with a turnover of less than £50,000;
o Charities with free reserves covering more than 18 months’ expenditure unless they can clearly demonstrate that they are in financial need;
o Charities that do not yet have a track record of service delivery (or other convincing evidence of ability);
o Ongoing running (including salaries) and core costs, ongoing projects or services (although they will support an extension to existing provision if additional cost is incurred), unless there is an exceptional reason to do so;
o Projects which benefit people outside the UK, except in the blind field;
o Projects which are complete (i.e. retrospective funding);
o Minibuses;
o Academic research projects;
o Campaigning or lobbying projects;
o Work usually considered a statutory responsibility; or
o Items of equipment intended for use by the NHS.
The Trust distributes income twice yearly in March and November. Each category will only be considered once a year.
The following deadlines apply:
o Applications relating to Blind People and Learning Disabilities should be submitted from November and be received by 31 January at the very latest.
o Applications relating to Cancer Care should be submitted from June, and be received by 
31 August at the very latest.
There are no application forms and applications should be made in writing, including the following information:
o An overview of the applicant organisation;
o What the grant is for/towards;
o Costs;
o A contingency plan;
o A timetable;
o A copy of the latest audited Annual Accounts; and
o Any other useful information.
Applications must be submitted by post only and will normally be acknowledged within three weeks.
Further information is available on the Trust's website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The Will Charitable Trust
Bridge House
11 Creek Road
East Molesey
Tel: 020 8941 0450

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

War memorial grants only available for one more year

Communities in Powys only have one year to apply for grants to help preserve World War One memorials for future.
The Powys War Memorials Project, which can provide grants to repair, restore or maintain World War One memorials in the county, has one year left before the project ends.
The maximum grant available for repair works for one memorial is £5,000 while up to £200 is available to improve war memorial surroundings such as fencing, gates or lighting. The grants from the project can cover up to 90% of the cost of the work.
Any type of established World War One memorial in the county is eligible including stone obelisks, stained glass windows, plaques, statues or halls. World War One memorials with additions for other wars are also eligible. The application process for a grant is quick and easy.
The repair grants are being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so it’s advisable to apply as soon as possible.
Some memorials were completed in time for Remembrance Sunday including Rhayader Clock Tower, Newtown Memorial Gates and Crickhowell Town Memorial.
Cllr Martin Weale, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said: “The Powys War Memorials Project marks our respect for those individuals who left Powys sacrificing their lives.
“Memorials form an integral part of our towns, villages and communities and provide a focal point for remembrance.  The funding gives Powys a chance to remember and ensure that these memorials are protected and kept for future generations.”
The Powys War Memorials Project, which is being hosted by Powys County Council, commemorates the centenary of World War One, and has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.
The project can also provide funding for community training, such as how to research the names on war memorials or how to set up a website to record names on war memorials. The project also supports communities to develop World War One heritage walks and facilitates community events linked with World War One.
For more information about the Powys War Memorial Project, contact Catherine Pugh, Powys War Memorials Project Officer by emailing More information including case studies can be found on the website

(Source: PCC)

Monday, 12 November 2018

Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa Grant Scheme – Second round now open for applications

WCVA is delighted to announce the second round of the Wales for Africa Grant scheme for Small grants between £500 - £5,000 is now open. There is £53,865 available for small grants in this round.

There will also be the opportunity to apply for one larger Multi-Year project valued up to £50,000

Deadline for applications
Small grants – 23rd November 2018
Multi- Year grant – 30th November 2018

Please visit our website  for further information about the scheme and guidance on how to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact the WCVA grants team at .

(Source: WCVA)

Friday, 9 November 2018


The Alchemy Foundation (not to be confused with the Alchemy Charitable Trust, which operates exclusively in west Kent and Sussex) focuses on the following grant-making areas:
o Disability, especially mobility, access, helplines and communications;
o Social welfare, including inner city community projects, disaffected youth, family mediation and homelessness;
o Respite for carers; and
o Penal reform, including work with prisoners, especially young prisoners, and their families.
Approximately 50% of its annual grant-making is directed towards its Alchemist Scheme, which funds the costs of fundraisers assigned to other charities to assist with their fundraising efforts.
During the year ending 5 April 2017 the Foundation awarded grants totalling £451,688 (2016: £ 397,387) allocated as follows:
o The Alchemist Scheme (including £44,100 to the Orpheus Centre Trust): £ 205,582;  
o Medical research and aid, blindness and disfigurement: £2,000;
o Disability- mobility, helplines, access: £68,156;
o Social welfare – inner city community projects: £81,600;
o Individuals on behalf of registered charities: £50,550;
o Respite for carers: £11,750;
o Penal reform and work with prisoners and their families: £7,000. and
o Other causes: £25,050.
Charities registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales may apply for a grant.
There is no specific requirement for match funding.
Please note: the Foundation does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Richard Stilgoe OBE 
Alchemy Foundation 
Trevereux Manor 
Limpsfield Chart 

(The Foundation does not advertise a phone number or an email address.)
(Source: GRIN)

Thursday, 8 November 2018


Do you want to enhance natural resources and support communities in Wales? Find out more about new Welsh Government grant funding from our webinar 13.11.18

Webinar: Funding for the Environment and Health
Date: 13 November 2018, 2pm

Welsh Government has recently launched two new grants schemes that support the delivery of key elements of the Programme for Government as set out in Taking Wales Forward and Prosperity for All, while supporting delivery of specific policies relating to health and natural resources in an integrated way.
  • ENRaW focusing on improving the quality of the local environment and creating sustainable green infrastructure; and
  • HAF supporting projects that can access and make use of these areas to encourage healthy and active lifestyles
In each case, the new grants focus on encouraging collaborative projects that will deliver a range of multiple benefits and improved outcome across the well-being goals, leading to longer term sustainability and new models of delivery. The teams operating the grants will continue to work closely to ensure that clear links between the schemes and the activities they support are made.

By the end of this webinar you will understand what the funds are about and whether it is suitable for your group to apply. This webinar is also an opportunity to ask questions about the funding and application process.

To book please click the link:

This webinar will be delivered in English but contributions and questions are welcomed in Welsh or English.

Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being in Wales 2019-2023 (ENRaW)
The Welsh Government has released a new funding scheme to support the implementation of the Natural Resources Policy, making clearer links between Wales' natural resources and well-being. Grants will be available for cross-sector partnerships delivering improvements in local environment quality, green infrastructure, and ecological resilience.

Healthy and Active Fund (HAF)
The Healthy & Active Fund (HAF) is a new programme managed and delivered in partnership by Sport Wales, the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. The Fund seeks to improve people's mental and physical health by enabling active lifestyles.

(Source: WCVA)