Monday, 15 October 2018


Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm provides a community fund which will see funding available to support local community projects every year during the lifetime of the wind farm. The fund is managed by a Community Fund Panel made up of representatives of the local community councils administered by Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO).

The community fund is open to applications from groups and projects which benefit the communities living in the following community council areas:
o      Beguildy
o      Bettws y Crwyn
o      Kerry
o      Llanbister
o      Llanbadarn Fynydd

Consideration may be given to an application from outside the Area of Benefit at the discretion of the fund panel but only if it can be shown that such an application provides a demonstrable benefit to those communities within the area of benefit.

Applications for grants up to £500, and grants over £500 are available through an application process.  Projects must benefit the wider community.

The application window will be open from 9am on Monday 15th October to 5pm on Monday 17th December 2018.

For more information and to receive the community fund guidelines please contact PAVO:
Tel:  01597 822191

(Source: PAVO) 


The Big Lottery Fund’s Digital Fund is a new 2-year £15 million grant programme offering dedicated digital funding support to the UK’s charitable and voluntary sectors.
The funding can be used for:
o Staff salaries;
o Project activities;
o Running costs;
o Small-scale refurbishment;
o Equipment; and/or
o Organisational development.
Applications may be made by:
o Voluntary and community organisations;
o Registered charities;
o Social enterprises;
o Group of organisations, if they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise; and
o Community Interest Companies (with two or more directors).
In the first round, which opens on Monday 22 October, the Digital Fund offers two strands of funding:
1. Strand 1 (“We want to use digital to change our work”)  – to enable  established charities use digital to take a major leap forward. Grants of up to £500,000 and a tailored support package with grants lasting from one to four years are available.
2. Strand 2 (“We are already highly digital, and want to scale our impact”)  – to enable newer organisations incorporated after the year 2000 that have already launched promising services that use digital to achieve scale or impact.  Grants of up to £500,000 with grants lasting from one to four years are available.
Please note that there is a match funding requirement from applicants with an income of more than £10 million. Such organisations will be expected to provide a matching contribution that is 'tailored' to their size.
Successful proposals for Strand 1 ("We want to use digital to change our work") should:
o Demonstrate a firm commitment by organisational leadership to changing the way that the organisation serves people and communities;
o Contain a plan that has been developed in accordance with good digital practices, such as committing to an iterative approach, and making sure that people are in the lead;
o Supply evidence that the organisation has already invested in digital, prior to their proposal; and
o Show a commitment to working generously, sharing what you learn and the products or services you produce with others.
Under Strand 1, the Fund is not looking for:
o Proposals that contain a highly detailed plan setting out every detail of the forthcoming transformation. Instead proposals are welcomed that clearly differentiate between what is known now and what will be learnt along the journey;
o Proposals that are driven by a desire to use technology; or
o Proposals that are based around core budget shortfalls.
Successful proposals for Strand 2 ("We are already highly digital, and want to scale our impact") should:
o Have made use of user-centred design;
o Clearly demonstrate either the potential to scale their impact at low cost, or clearly demonstrate potential to use digital to bring substantial benefits to a specific group of people;
o Be driven by teams that combine knowledge of an issue that matters to people and communities, with experience of digital delivery;
o Relate to a product or service that is far enough through its development process that people are currently benefiting from it;
o Provide evidence of impact upon those people.
o Have a theory of change or similar document showing how the product or service will achieve aims that benefit a specific group of people; and
o Show an understanding of the challenge of sustaining impact after the ending of Big Lottery Fund support.
Under Strand 2, the Fund is not looking for:
o Products or services that are not yet mature enough to be benefiting people;
o Products or services that cannot show considerable evidence of user research in their creation; or
o Products or services that duplicate existing services with no substantial innovation.
The following are not eligible funding:
o Individuals;
o Sole traders;
o Organisations based outside the UK;
o Anyone who is applying on behalf of another organisation;
o Organisations without at least two unconnected people on the board or committee;
o Companies that are aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution (this may change for a future application round of the Digital Fund);
o Proposals from organisations that are run primarily for private gain or to generate profits for private distribution, or any activities that generate profits for private gain;
o Religious activity (although religious organisations will be considered if their project benefits the wider community and does not include religious content);
o Activities that replace government funding (for example, school activities that are additional to the curriculum could be funded);
o Activities that benefit individuals, rather than the wider community;
o Political activities;
o Retrospective costs; or
o Loan repayments.
The Digital Fund will open in a number of phases over the next 2 years.
The first phase will open on Monday 22 October and will close to applications on Monday 3 December 2018.
The first step in the application process is to have an initial conversation with the Big Lottery Fund’s UK Portfolio Team.
If the team thinks the Digital Fund is the right fund for the applying organisation, they will invite a full proposal to be submitted.
Guidelines and further information about the Fund can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website.
Contact details for the Digital Fund are:
UK Portfolio Team 
Big Lottery Fund 
1 Plough Place 
Tel: 0345 4 10 20 30 
(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 12 October 2018


The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme aims to fund capital improvements to theatres run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value this would make to their work with local communities. Grant awards are generally made where they are considered to have the most impact in realising an applicant's capital project.
Grants are to be used for small capital projects that:
o Address urgent building repairs;
o Improve operational viability;
o Introduce environmental improvements; and
o Enhance physical accessibility.
Potential applicants should note that applications for the refurbishment of soft furnishings and technical equipment will be considered as low priorities.
When assessing applications, the Trust will take into account:
o A project's urgency;
o Other resources available to the applicant; and
o The extent to which the grant would make a significant difference to promoting the better protection of theatres.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available. There is no requirement for match funding.
Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:
o Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than five years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland;
o Demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year; and
o Have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.
Application forms are available to download from the Trust's website. However, applicants are requested to contact the Theatres Trust in the first instance to discuss their project proposal,
Applications should be submitted by 12 noon on Tuesday 8 January 2019.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The Theatres Trust 
22 Charing Cross Road 
Tel: 020 7836 8591 
(Source: GRIN)

PCC Sports Development Grants

Over £19,500 has been handed out to several sport organisations across the county, Powys County Council has announced.
Now sports and physical groups in Powys are being urged by the council’s Sports Development Team to take advantage of a grant worth up to £1,500 to help contribute to creating thriving clubs which will continue to create opportunities through enterprise and innovation.
The grants are designed to make a difference to sport and physical activity locally and are available through the Sportlot Community Chest, the Sports Council for Wales National Lottery funded grant aid scheme.
The council’s Sports Development Team has handed out £46,000 of the £90,000 available for this financial year, including £19,720 to the following successful organisations:
• Beacons Netball Club: £1,500 towards facility hire, coach education and equipment
• Bulls Cycling Club: £1,285 towards coach education
• Go Judo: £1,100 towards coach education and equipment
• Hafren Cycling Club: £1,500 towards coach education
• Hay Junior Football Club: £875 towards coach education and facility hire
• Llandrindod Wells Football Club: £1,335 towards coach education, facility hire and equipment
• Llanfair United Football Club: £1,200 towards coach education
• Llanidloes Junior Football Club: £1,400 towards equipment and coach education
• N-Able Sports Club: £1,500 towards equipment
• Newtown Whitestars JFC: £1,495 towards coach education
• North Powys Hockey Forum: £1,090 towards coach education, facility hire and equipment
• Penybont United Football Club: £1,480 towards coach education, facility hire and equipment
• Powys Montgomeryshire Federation of Women’s Institute: £1,500 towards facility hire, instructor costs and equipment
• Rhosgoch Golf Club: £960 toward coach education and coaching costs.
• Sennybridge Football Club: £1,500 towards coach education and equipment
Cllr Rachel Powell, Cabinet Member for Sports Development, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to award these grants to the seven clubs, which will help them thrive and make a difference to sport and physical activity in their area.
“With only £44,000 left for this for this financial year, I’m urging organisations to submit applications so they don’t miss out on this grant funding.”
The next deadline for applications is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  For further information contact the council’s Sport Development Team on 01686 614060 or email
Application forms can be downloaded from the Sport Wales website

(Source: PCC)


The Yapp Charitable Trust only provides funding towards the running costs of very small registered charities in England and Wales that have been running for at least three years. The Trust can fund for up to three years and prefers to commit to more than one year’s worth of grant support because it recognises that small charities have long-term funding needs.
Grants are awarded for core funding, including the costs associated with regular activities or services that have been ongoing for at least a year.
Funding is available for work that focuses on one of the following priority groups:
o Elderly people;
o Children and young people aged 5 to 25 years;
o People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges;
o Social welfare - people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse and a history of offending; and
o Education and learning, with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children.
The Trustees give particular priority to:
o Work that is unattractive to the general public or unpopular with other funders;
o Services that help to improve the lives of marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated people;
o Applicants that can demonstrate an effective use of volunteers;
o Charities that seek to be preventive and aim to change opinion and behaviour through raising awareness of issues, education and campaigning; and
o Applicants that can demonstrate (where feasible) an element of self sustainability by charging subscriptions/fees to service users.
Please note: applications that do not address at least two of the above priorities are unlikely to receive a grant.
Grants are normally for a maximum of £3,000 per year for up to 3 years. There is no match funding requirement.
Small registered charities in England and Wales that meet the following criteria may apply:
o Have their own charity registration number;         
o Have been formally established for at least three years;
o Have a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000; and
o Be working with one of the priority groups as outlined in the Trust’s guidelines.
Funding is not available for:
o Charities that are not registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales; 
o Charities in Scotland and Northern Ireland;       
o Charities whose total annual expenditure is more than £40,000;
o Industrial and Provident Societies and Community Interest Companies;         
o Branches of National Charities;
o Charities with unrestricted reserves that equate to more than 12 months expenditure;
o New organisations – applicants must have been operating as a fully-constituted charity for at least 3 years;
o New work - the Trust provides continuation funding to sustain existing work that has been happening for at least a year;
o New paid posts – even if the work is now being done by volunteers;
o Additional activities, expansion or development plans;
o Special events, trips or outings;
o Capital expenditure - equipment, buildings, renovations, furnishings, minibuses;
o Work with under-5s;
o Childcare;
o Holidays and holiday centres;
o Core funding of charities that benefit the wider community such as general advice services and community centres unless a significant element of their work focuses on one of the Trust's priority groups;
o Bereavement support;
o Debt advice;
o Community safety initiatives;
o Charities raising money to give to another organisation, such as schools, hospitals or other voluntary groups;
o Individuals - including charities raising funds to purchase equipment for or make grants to individuals; or
o Organisational budgets with a shortfall in excess of £10,000 in the first year.
Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered at one of the three Trustees meetings each year. Decisions on applications can take up to five months from the date of submission.
An application form and guidance notes are available on the Trust's website.
The completed application form should be returned by post or email together with a copy of the charity's most recent annual report and accounts and any other relevant information.
Contact details for the Trust are:
Joanne Anderson 
Trust Secretary 
YAPP Charitable Trust 
1st Floor 
MILE House 
Bridge End 
Chester le Street 
County Durham 
DH3 3RA 
Tel: 0191 389 3300
(Source: GRIN)


LLYWYDD / PRESIDENT: Y Fonesig / Dame Shân Legge-Bourke    CADEIRYDD / CHAIR: Martin Nosworthy
Medi  2018
Dear Colleague
Tuesday 13th November 2018 10.00– 3.30pm
“Resourceful Communities”

Thank you to those who have responded to my invitation to PAVO’s Annual Conference and General Meeting, which will be held this year on Tuesday 13th November 2018.  Please find the programme attached or click on this link.  You can book your place via the online booking form.

The day will provide an opportunity to engage with a wide range of stakeholders on the increasing emphasis being placed upon community and third sector development in various laws, strategies and plans, not least our own Area Plan & Well Being Plan for Powys.

The day will include Workshop Sessions on how to develop resourceful communities with topics such as ‘Big Isn't Always Better’, ‘Access to expertise’, ‘How do you involve people?’, ‘There’s more to life than grants’ and ‘A Young person’s perspective on Resourceful Communities'. The day will conclude with a panel discussion.

There will also be a Third Sector Market Place giving you an opportunity to network and promote your services. We hope that as many organisations as possible will have a stall.

A warm welcome awaits all volunteers, staff & trustees and I very much hope you can join us for the event. Coffee will be available from 9.30am before the commencement of our AGM at 10.00am.

PAVO’s AGM and Annual Conference provide a great opportunity to meet other colleagues in the sector, as well as partners in other sectors to share information and good practice.

To let us know if you are able to attend, workshop session choice & any requirements please by completing the online booking form, telephone: 01597 822191 or email:
Apologies can be conveyed via this link.

I look forward to seeing you on 13th November.

Yours Sincerely 

Martin Nosworthy
Chair, Board of Trustees

Dydd Mawrth 13eg Tachwedd 2018
Cymunedau Dyfeisgar

Diolch I’r rhai sy wedi ymateb I’m gwahoddiad i Gynhadledd a Chyfarfod Cyffredinol Blynyddol PAVO a gynhelir eleni ar ddydd mawrth 13 Tachwedd 2018. Fe welwch y rhaglen wedi ei atodi neu gliciwch ar y ddolen hon.

Bydd y diwrnod yn rhoi cyfle i ymgysylltu ag ystod eang o randdeiliaid ar y pwyslais cynyddol sy'n cael ei roi ar ddatblygiad y gymuned a'r trydydd sector mewn amrywiol gyfreithiau, strategaethau a chynlluniau, yn enwedig ein Cynllun Ardal a Lles Ardal ar gyfer Powys.

Bydd y diwrnod yn cynnwys Sesiynau Gweithdy ar sut i ddatblygu cymunedau dyfeisgar gyda phynciau megis 'Nid yw Mawr bob amser yn Well', 'Mynediad at arbenigedd', 'Sut ydych chi'n cynnwys pobl?', 'Mae mwy i fywyd na grantiau' a 'Persbectif Person Ifanc ar Gymunedau Adnoddol'. Bydd y diwrnod yn dod i ben gyda thrafodaeth panel.

Bydd MARCHNAD TRYDYDD SECTOR  hefyd yn rhoi cyfle ichi rwydweithio a hyrwyddo eich gwasanaethau.  Gobeithiwn y bydd cymaint o sefydliadau â phosibl yn cynnal stondin.
Mae croeso cynnes yn disgwyl pob gwirfoddolwr, aelod staff ac ymddiriedolwr. Gobeithiaf yn fawr y gallwch ymuno â ni ar gyfer y digwyddiad. Bydd coffi ar gael o 9.45am cyn dechrau ein Cyfarfod Cyffredinol Blynyddol am 10.00am.

Mae Cyfarfod Cyffredinol Blynyddol a Chynhadledd PAVO yn darparu cyfle gwych i gwrdd â chydweithwyr eraill yn y sector, yn ogystal â phartneriaid mewn sectorau eraill i rannu gwybodaeth ac arfer da.

Er mwyn rhoi gwybod i ni os ydych yn gallu bod yn bresennol, dewis sesiwn gweithdy ac unrhyw ofynion, llenwch y ffurflen archebu ar-lein, ffôn: 01597 822191 neu e-bost:

Edrychaf ymlaen at eich gweld ar 13 o Dachwedd.

Yn gywir
Martin Nosworthy
Cadeirydd, Bwrdd yr Ymddiriedolwyr

Monday, 8 October 2018


The Wolfson Foundation allocates funding in the region of £30 million each year against the priorities listed below. Grants are awarded to act as a catalyst to lever additional funding and to back excellence and talent.  Grants are usually only made for capital projects (for example, new buildings, renovation and equipment). The Foundation is particularly keen to hear from organisations who, because of the nature of their work, may struggle to raise funds from the general public.
There are no minimum or maximum award levels, although match funding is required for projects where the total project cost is above £50,000.
o Education and Research - funding is available for organisations demonstrating excellence with the aim of producing the following outcomes:
> Improved educational provision through new capital infrastructure and the effective use of technology and equipment; and/or
> Better engagement by educational institutions with the wider public.
o Historic Buildings and Landscapes - funding is available for organisations demonstrating excellence in its work to protect and preserve historic buildings and landscapes, with the aim of producing the following outcomes:
> Conservation of buildings listed grade I or II* in need of repair;
> Excellent interpretation of historic buildings, landscapes and collections;
> Increased numbers of visitors to historic sites;
> Better public engagement with and understanding of sites of historical and cultural significance; and/or
> Improved future sustainability of organisations.
Please note: capital projects may be eligible where they include restoration or conservation work to the historic fabric of buildings that are listed either Grade I or II* and the building is accessible to the public for the majority of the year. Support is also given, on occasion, to landscapes and gardens where these are of exceptional historic significance.
o Museums and Galleries - the Foundation award grants to support the display of permanent collections in museums and galleries throughout the UK. Funding is available for organisations of national significance that demonstrate excellence in this field, with the aim of producing the following outcomes:
> Excellent interpretation of designated collections of national significance;
> Increased numbers of visitors to museums and galleries;
> Better public engagement with and understanding of collections;
> Improved future sustainability of organisations; and
> Conservation of architectural heritage, including museums and galleries listed grade I or II*.
o Performing Arts funding is available for organisations demonstrating excellence and which are nationally significant, with the aim of producing the following outcomes:
> Improved quality of performance venues;
> Better teaching, education and rehearsal facilities;
> Increased audience numbers;
> Improved future sustainability of an organisations; and
> Conservation of architectural heritage, including concert halls and theatres listed grade I or II*.
Funding is available for capital projects for the performing arts, including refurbishment, new build and major equipment/instruments. Projects may be eligible for funding where the organisation has a record of producing work of national importance and the organisation receives significant funding (generally of above £500,000 each year) as an Arts Council national portfolio organisation (or equivalent in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), attracts a large annual audience, and the artistic output is of a high standard. In all cases involving work to a building, the building should be owned, or held on long-term lease, by the applicant. Applicant organisations must be charities or organisations with charitable status. Grants will only be made where matched funding has already been raised or pledged.
o Palliative Care and Hospices -  grants are awarded towards new buildings, refurbishments and equipment, with the aim of producing the following outcomes:
> Increased access to services for new and existing users;
> Improved quality and range of services; and
> Improved financial stability of the organisation;
o Older People - grants are awarded towards new buildings, refurbishments and equipment, with the aim of producing the following outcomes:
> Increased access to services for new and existing users;
> Improved quality and range of services; and
> Improved financial stability of the organisation.
Successful grant applications generally have identified gaps in local provision or made an attempt to meet increasing demand on services. Careful regard for the sustainability of the project is also important.
o Transitions and Independence - grants are awarded towards new buildings, refurbishments and equipment, with the aim of producing the following outcomes:
> Increased access to services for new and existing users;
> Improved quality and range of services; and
> Improved financial stability of the organisation.
o Research - grants are awarded towards new buildings, refurbishments and new equipment. The Foundation's broad aims are:
> Expansion of high quality research into new scientific fields or an increased output from existing research (including new collaborations);
> Improved quality of research; and
> Production of scientific work with a clear impact, benefiting either the academic community or the general public.
o Public Engagement with Science - grants are awarded towards new buildings, refurbishments and equipment with the aim of producing the following outcomes:
> Increased numbers of visitors and engagement of new audiences;
> Improved educational experience and understanding of science; and
> Improved financial stability of the organisation.
Eligible projects must meet at least one of the following criteria:
> Within a higher education context, focus on key current scientific issues;
> Enable interpretation of historic scientific artefacts within designated collections; and
> Focus on the science underpinning the natural world (eg botanic gardens). Projects in this area must be from organisations that have a rigorous research element to their work.
 o Medical Education - grants are awarded towards educational infrastructure through new build, refurbishments and equipment, with the aim of producing the following outcomes:
> Increased number of students able to undertake a medical course;
> Improved standard of teaching and learning experience leading to high quality medical professions.
The Foundation is particularly interested in encouraging outstanding undergraduate medical students who are likely to pursue a clinical research career. The Foundation has a longstanding programme, administered by the Royal College of Physicians, to provide the Wolfson Intercalated Awards.
o Secondary Schools - this aspect of the programme is primarily dedicated to supporting the teaching of A-Levels and GCSEs at high-achieving state-funded schools and sixth form colleges through the funding of capital projects.
Applications are accepted from organisations and educational establishments in the UK which are registered charities or which have charitable status, including universities, schools, museums, hospices and disability charities, and historic and religious buildings.
The following are not eligible for grant support:
o Overheads, maintenance costs, VAT and professional fees;
o Non-specific appeals (including circulars) and endowment funds;
o Costs of meetings, exhibitions, concerts, expeditions, etc;
o The purchase of land or existing buildings (including a building's freehold);
o Film or promotional materials;
o Repayment of loans;
o Projects that have already been completed or will be by the time of award; and
o Projects where the total cost is below £15,000.
The Foundation operates a 2-stage application process. The aim of the first stage is to determine whether a project is eligible and this should be submitted online through the Wolfson Foundation website. Stage 2 applications are submitted in written format and once received, applications are considered by a specialist panel who make recommendations to the full Board of Trustees.
Key criteria used by Trustees to assess applications include:
o Excellence of the organisation;
o Anticipated outcome of the project;
o Financial viability;
o Adequate provision for ongoing costs and maintenance; and
o Aesthetics of any building project.   
Stage 1 applications should be submitted by the following annual deadlines:
5 January for the Spring round: and
o 1 July for the Autumn round
For schools, Stage 1 applications should be submitted by 10 January and 10 June each year.
For further information about the Foundation’s priorities, guidelines and how to apply, visit its website.
Contact details for the Wolfson Foundation are:
Mr. Paul Ramsbottom
The Wolfson Foundation 
8 Queen Anne Street 
W1M 9LD 
Tel: 020 7323 5730
(Source: GRIN)