Friday, 23 June 2017

Tyfu Fyny (Growing Up), a new initiative to boost community growing and local food projects in Wales, will be launched today [Friday, 23 June] at a unique gathering for community gardeners and farmers at Ffarm Moelyci near Bangor.
There’s been a huge boom in community growing in Wales over the last few years, led by interest in issues such as future food security, climate change and health and well-being. There are now more than 400 community growing groups in Wales, according to the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, which has set up the Tyfu Fyny initiative with funding from the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities – Rural Development Plan 2014-2020.

Research* has shown how local community growing projects can help bring communities closer together, boost health and well being, educate children about where their food comes from and increase skills.
Tyfu Fyny also fits with a number of Welsh Government agendas** on the environment, health, education and training, economic development and community development. It will also deliver on overarching sustainable development commitments including climate change.

Among the stand-out features of Tyfu Fyny will be an emphasis on getting Welsh business involved – research suggests businesses that work with community projects not only benefit from better staff morale and improved team work, but also has significant impact on a business’s reputation and ability to attract investment.
There will also be intensive support and mentoring for Community Supported Agriculture, where local communities buy shares in working farms, and care farming - where farms are used as therapy spaces.

Tyfu Fyny will be officially launched at the All Wales Gathering for community growers and farmers at Ffarm Moelyci, near Bangor, one of the UK’s first community owned farms. The Gathering, which runs until Saturday, is a chance for all community growing projects in Wales to come together to share, learn and celebrate. There will be informative and practical workshops, opportunities to meet and hear from projects around Wales.
FCFCG Wales Manager Emma Williams said: “The Tyfu Fyny project supports all types of community growing projects in Wales. From community gardens to community supported agriculture projects (CSAs), care farms to orchards, community farms to street planting projects, if you’re bring people together to farm, garden or grow we can help.
We’re really pleased to be able to officially launch Tyfu Fyny at the gathering. Previous events have brought volunteers and staff from community growing sites across Wales together to strengthen the movement, learn new skills and feed in to policy, and this year’s will carry on that tradition.”

(Source: Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens)

NEW!! - Powys Pennies Grant Scheme

Local community projects and charities in Powys are being encouraged to apply for funds through the Powys Pennies Grant Scheme.
Grants are available for small organisations in Powys with a turnover under £20,000. All applications from community projects and charities are welcomed but preference will be given to applications working in the health and social care, children and young people, mental health, community transport and community development/regeneration sector.
The funding must directly benefit the organisation group or community through a specific one off activity and not be used for core organisational costs.
The grant scheme is funded by Powys County Council and Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) employees through the collection of the odd pennies taken from their monthly salaries. When staff receive their net pay it is rounded down to the nearest pound, the pennies that are left over contribute towards community grants.
Staff have been given the opportunity to sign up to the Powys Pennies scheme as a way of raising funds for the benefit of local community projects in Powys.
Carl Cooper, Chief Executive Officer said: “PAVO is delighted to share with PCC a payroll giving scheme called 'Powys Pennies'. We have now collected enough money to distribute an inaugural round of small, community grants. Often a small amount of money can make a huge difference to a community in supporting the wellbeing of its people.
“We are enormously grateful to PCC and PAVO employees that participate in this scheme by donating the pence at the end of their monthly salary. We trust you agree that your generosity has made a significant difference to people's lives. We'd be delighted to see more employees joining the scheme in order that we help a greater number of people in the future.”
Cllr James Evans, Cabinet Member for HR and Communications said: “Powys County Council are delighted that the payroll giving scheme that staff have contributed towards is now available to support and fund local groups and charities across Powys.”
Applications for the scheme will run until Monday, July 31, 2017. Applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of PAVO trustees and PCC County Councillors. All projects and activities will need to be completed by 31st March 2018. 
If you are interested in applying for funding or finding out more about the scheme visit
Alternatively contact Sarah Leyland-Jones or telephone 01597 822191.

Quadstar Foundation

This new Quadstar Foundation grant programme offers funding for projects that are working towards one or more of the following outcomes:
o Improving children and young people’s emotional resilience and mental wellbeing;
o Increasing children and young people’s opportunities; and/or
o Empowering children and young people to become more confident and pursue their aspirations.
Priority will be given to organisations that are attempting to become more financially sustainable.
The grants can be used for any element of the organisation's work as long as it is charitable. Grants must be spent within a 24-month period.
Registered charities, voluntary and community groups, not for profit social enterprises and/or Community Interest Companies may apply for a grant of between £3,000 and £10,000. Match funding is not an essential requirement.
To be eligible, applicants must:
o Be a local organisation, which is not part of a national enterprise;
o Have an annual income of less than £300,000;
o Have a written governing document, such as a constitution or set of rules;
o Have a governing body with at least three unrelated members (or two for social enterprises);
o Have a UK-based bank or building society account in the organisation’s name, with at least two unrelated signatories;
o Have a Child Protection Policy; and
o Be working in the UK.
The Quadstar Foundation expects successful applicants to be proactive in identifying areas they require support with, taking part in mentoring and networking events.
Beyond the life of the grant, the Foundation anticipates successful applicants will have an on-going relationship with the Foundation to enable subsequent grant holders to benefit from their skills and experience.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o National charities or organisations with an annual income exceeding £300,000;
o Applications from or on behalf of individuals;
o Projects where a significant part of the grant will be passed to another organisation to deliver activities;
o Statutory organisations, eg, projects within the NHS, or projects for school-aged children in school time, projects which should be funded by public services;
o Activities which are political or religious in intention, practice or appearance;
o Projects that have already started or taken place;
o Loan repayments, contingency costs and fundraising;
o Overseas travel; or
o Research.
There is a two-stage application process. Applicants that are successful at the first stage will be invited to submit a stage two application form with supporting documents.
Applications should be made via the Quadstar Foundation website.
The deadline for stage one applications is 5pm on Monday 3 July 2017.  There will be one further funding round in 2017.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Lou Cook
Grants and Development Manager
Quadstar Foundation
Hazeley Bottom
RG27 8LU
Tel: 01252 845 988

(Source: GRIN)

Monday, 19 June 2017


We will be coming to Knighton on:

Tuesday 27th June 2017
10.30 am - 2 pm
Knighton Community Support Offices

Appointments must be booked by phoning 01597 822191.

Hope to see you there.

The Future of Fundraising

The Heart of Experian Charity Fund

The Heart of Experian Charity Fund is a small, independent charity (no. 1159286), founded in November 2014, which provides funding to assist small groups and organisations that are often not heard to work at a grassroots level and help them become sustainable.
Eligible projects must:
o Make the applicant’s organisation or project more sustainable;
o Relate to financial inclusion, financial education, entrepreneurship or developing skills useful in business;
o Have a long-term benefit for the community;
o Have a clear approach or strategy for attracting future funding or otherwise ensuring the continuation of the project;
o Demonstrate that they have a project manager with appropriate experience to be able to successfully deliver the project; and
o Have not received funding from the Charity Fund in the past 12 months.
Grants of up to £5,000 are availablePLEASE NOTE, however, that the Charity is still building up its grant-making. In its first recorded year of operation for the year ending 31 March 2016, its grants and donations totalled just £37,688. Priority is given to applicants that have already secured match funding.
Eligible applicants must have:
o A gross annual income of £500,000 or less in the most recent full financial year;
o A written constitution and a management committee;
o A bank account in the group's name;
o Accounts available to view on the Charity Commission website (or include a copy when submitting an application);
o Unrestricted reserves that are less than six months’ running costs; and
o A charitable project which requires funding of £5,000 or less and benefits the local community.
Grants are not available for:
o National charities;
o Supporting individuals; or
o Salary costs (unless the applicant has a clear strategy for the position’s future sustainability).
Applications may be submitted at any time and are reviewed by the charity on a quarterly basis.
Further information and an application form are available on the Heart of Experian Charity Fund’s website.
Contact details for the Fund are:
The Community Involvement Team
The Heart of Experian Charity Fund
Riverleen House
Electric Avenue
NG80 1RH
Tel: 0115 992 2431

(Source: GRIN)

Thursday, 15 June 2017


Active Spaces is a new national programme which will create activity programmes to inspire the most inactive communities to get active and use their local outdoor spaces.
The programme will secure 50 new Fields in Trust protected sites across the UK and help increase participation in many different physical activities in local parks, playing fields and green spaces which will be protected for future generations to use and enjoy.
The programme is also designed to encourage people, particularly the most inactive communities, to participate in physical activity, sport and play. Inactivity in this programme 'inactivity' is defined as being those individuals doing less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.
The Fund is intended for programmes on a newly protected Fields in Trust field (2017 onwards – contact the Fields in Trust or see its website for more information - there's a postcode checker at this LINK which is well worth having a look at as there are likely to be more  Fields in Trust sites in your area than you might expect).
Landowners, which will often be local authorities, particularly Parish Councils, can opt to select a programme to be delivered on the site by one of Fields in Trust’s national partners to the equivalent value of £5,000, or apply to deliver a programme themselves via a local delivery agent.
The following conditions apply:
o The physical activity programme must take place at the newly protected Fields in Trust field;
o The field should be located within an area that has a level of physical inactivity within the target groups that is higher than the regional average - Sport England or  your local Active Sports Partnership should be able to provide information about local levels of inactivity);
o The landowner must be able to demonstrate a commitment to tackling physical inactivity;
o The programme should aim to engage inactive people, including those from any of the following groups: 
> disabled people;
> women and girls;
> people from lower socio-economic groups;
> those at risk of long-term health conditions;
> people from particular ethnic groups; and
> older people aged 55 and over.
o The Active Spaces programme should aim to be a catalyst to deliver longer term sustainable physical activity opportunities, particularly if the landowner plans to apply for an associated capital grant;
o Programme deliverers must commit to monitoring the programme through the registration and surveying of activity participants, via the programme forms included as appendices to the guidance notes. (If a landowner selects to use a Fields in Trust delivery partner, this partner will be responsible for this monitoring.)
o Programme deliverers and landowners must be able to commit to a target of engaging previously inactive people during the programme. (Engagement is defined as attendance of at least 50% of the total sessions.)
o Programmes must be completed within 12 months of a programme being awarded.
Examples of the type of project that could be funded include:
o Fitness bootcamps;
o Jogging introductory sessions;
o Walking football/cricket programmes;
o Outdoor fitness equipment coaching programmes; or
o Other sport taster sessions.
The following are ineligible for funding::
o One-off events;
o Projects which have already started;
o Projects solely aimed at primary school children;
o Projects previously run at the site in question;  and
o Recoverable VAT.
Applications should be made by the landowner of the Fields in Trust field.
Applications can be supported by local user groups such as sports clubs and 'Friends of the Park' and their involvement in the programme is encouraged. If it is not the landowner leading on the programme delivery then a supporting statement from the landowner is required.
Applicants should provide a basic budget for their programme if submitting an application not using a Fields in Trust delivery partner, including estimated costs, and any funding from other sources, along with the £5,000 grant requested from Fields in Trust. A budget is not necessary for applicants not opting to work with a Fields in Trust delivery partner.
Applications will be assessed on site suitability and project impact and the assessment will also consider whether local funding has been secured to increase project value.
Once  the full quota of eligible and approved applicants in the region the fund shall close.
Application is by application form, available on the Trust's website. The deadline for applications to be considered in the first round is Friday 7th July 2017.
Applicants will be notified of the decision within three weeks of application submission, except where clarification or further information is requested.
For further information about this programme, visit the Fields in Trust website.
Fields in Trust Cymru
Manager: Rhodri Edwards
Sport Wales National Centre
Sophia Gardens
CF11 9SW
T: 02920 334 935