Monday, 27 February 2017

Managing an EU funded project - free training

3 SET will facilitate a course Managing an EU funded project: An introduction to EU Project Management. The aim of the course is to equip third sector project managers and delivery staff with the skills and tools needed to effectively manage a European funded project. The course will take place on 23 March at CAIS  in Colwyn Bay. 

The course will cover:
  • An introduction to the European Structural and Investment Funds (2014-2020)
  • What is a project?
  • Project compliance and eligibility
  • What are critical success factors?
  • Risk
  • Finance and record keeping
  • Stakeholder management and managing publicity
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Audit requirements
By the end of the course participants will have learned / be able to:
  • Describe the project cycle
  • Understand some of the key concepts and common terminology of project management
  • Understand EU funding rules and regulations and how they apply to your project
  • Understand the role of monitoring and evaluation of your project
  • Understand what contributes towards project success
  • Understand how to identify and manage risks
Target group: Staff from third sector organisations who will be involved in managing EU Structural Funds projects, either as a direct sponsor or as a sub-contractor.

Cost: It is free to third sector organisations currently delivering or interested in delivering European funded activity.

If you would like to participate in this session please complete the attached booking form and return to

(Source: WCVA 3-SET)

Edith Maud Ellis 1985 Charitable Trust

The Edith Maud Ellis 1985 Charitable Trust awards grants organisations that can fulfil the following criteria:
o Registered charities, non-governmental organisations (NGO's) and social enterprises with a turnover of less than £350,000;
o Applicants that can demonstrate other sources of funding for their project; and
o Innovative projects and causes not able to attract regular funding.
Grants up to £3,000 are available as one-off payments or for seed funding. Occasionally grants up to £5,000 are awarded.
During the year ending 5 April 2016 the Trust awarded grants totalling £45,800 (2015: £54,950).
The Trust will fund:
o Community Development work in the UK and overseas;
o Work with asylum seekers and refugees, including internationally displaced people;
o International peace and conflict resolution;
o Interfaith and ecumenical understanding; and
o Quaker work and witness.
In general, the Trust does not support:
o Core funding for organisations;
o Individuals;
o Infrastructure organisations;
o Conferences or seminars;
o Ongoing work;
o General appeals;
o Educational bursaries;
o Humanitarian relief appeals; or
o Medical research or services.
Annual application deadlines are:
o 30 June; and
o 31 December.
Applications may be made online via a relatively short and straightforward application form.
For further details, visit the Trust's website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
Mrs Jacqueline Baily
6 Westgate
North Yorkshire
Tel: 01845 574882

(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 24 February 2017


Powys Community Endowment Fund

The Powys Fund currently comprises 4 grant programmes, offering support to individuals and groups based in Powys for the purposes of education and recreation/leisure.
The Fund makes contributions to projects of up to 50% of costs and grants of up to £1500 are available for groups and up to £500 for individuals.
The Community Foundation in Wales manages a number of Funds which are of specific benefit to residents of Powys. Grants are available for the purposes of:
  •  Promoting education and lifelong learning
  • Supporting recreation and leisure activities

Details of the programmes that are open for applications are below.
Each has its own specific criteria and geographic area of benefit. You DO NOT need to apply for a specific scheme; our grants team will put your application forward to the most relevant fund.

Stanley Bligh Memorial Fund
To support educational studies in forestry, agriculture and technical and vocational subjects in the arts or sciences.
The Fund supports individuals and community/voluntary organisations based in Powys with precedence given to residents of Brecknockshire or those who have attended a Brecknockshire Secondary School for a minimum of 2 years.
Grants of £500 for individuals and £1500 for groups are available.
Examples of previous costs supported include:  course fees (where other support is not available)  purchasing equipment
  • Educational materials
  • Travel (where it includes a substantial educational benefit to the individual/group and/or community)
  • Running costs of a specific community education project

Former Girls Grammar School, Brecon Fund
To support the education of residents of the former County of Brecknockshire in Powys.
The Fund supports individuals and community/voluntary organisations based in Brecknockshire.
Grants of £500 for individuals and £1500 for community and voluntary organisations are available.
 Examples of previous costs funded include:
  • Course fees (where other support is not available)
  • Purchasing equipment
  • Educational materials
  • Musical tuition/instruments
  • Travel (where it includes a substantial educational benefit to the individual/group and/or community)
  • Running costs of a specific community education project

The Montgomeryshire District Trust Fund
To provide facilities for recreation and leisure for the benefit of the inhabitants of Montgomeryshire with the object of improving the conditions of life for those inhabitants.
Applications will be considered from community groups, voluntary organisations and local charities based in Montgomeryshire.
Grants of up to £1000 are available.
Typically grants have been awarded:
  • To purchase equipment or materials
  • For minor capital works
  • For equipment or building alterations
Examples of previous beneficiaries include:
  • Children/youth groups
  • Community centres and village halls
  • Cultural/arts groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Recreation/leisure groups

Llandrindod High School Charity Fund
To provide education support to people who have attended Llandrindod High School who are entering further/higher education or training Eligibility
  • Pupils attending Llandrindod High School
  • Pupils who have attended Llandrindod High School for at least two years and who have one or both parents resident in Radnorshire
Grants of up to £500 are available to support:
  • Bursaries to support higher education costs
  • Equipment, materials and tools for entering a profession or trade
  • Assistance for students studying music or the arts

Applying for support If you think that you are eligible for trust fund support then please complete an application form and return it to us by the deadline in order to be considered. You do not need to specify which Fund you are applying to as we’ll ensure you are directed to the most appropriate scheme. There are two separate application forms depending on whether you are applying for a grant as an individual or on behalf of an organisation. Please make sure you complete the correct application form as the information we require differs.
All applications should be returned by email (where possible) with a signed hard-copy sent by post. If you are applying on behalf of a group/organisation it is important that you also include the required supporting documentation when posting your application. The hard copy of your application should be sent to: The Community Foundation in Wales St Andrews House 24 St Andrews Crescent Cardiff CF10 3DD 
Please note, only applications for future activities will be considered for funding. We are unable to retrospectively support costs that have been incurred prior to the closing date for applications.
Applicants should also be aware that preference will be given to individuals and organisations which have not received funding within the previous 12 months. If you require further clarification about eligibility or the application process itself, please phone 02920 379580 or emailing
This programme has two annual deadlines of 28th February and 31st August. Applications are invited within the six weeks prior to a deadline. 

This programme is now currently OPEN. 


All applicants must submit an application form. 

Please click on the following link to start an Online application form: Online Application Form
If you'd rather submit an application in Welsh, you'll need to download the appropriate application form below and send the completed application to 

Powys Welsh Church Act Fund

The Welsh Church Act Fund is a charitable Trust Fund which is administered by the Community Foundation in Wales. The Trust Fund is governed by the Welsh Church Act 1914.

The primary object of the Fund is to provide assistance to groups for social, recreational and other charitable purposes.  Capital grants may be awarded to assist organisations in the furnishing and upkeep of buildings. Revenue grants are designed to support organisations with projects and activities to benefit the residents of Powys.
  • Not for profit organisations (for example a Registered Charity, Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Unincorporated Club or Association and Community Interest Company)
  • Organisations that are based within Powys County and/or projects or activities specifically designed to serve Powys residents.
  • Churches and Chapels can apply.

  • Charities can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000
  • Where there is an exceptional case for support, grants of £10,000 may be awarded
The Fund supports:-
  • The restoration of Churches, Chapels and community/village halls within county
  • encouraging arts
  • social and recreational activities
  • protection of historic buildings
  • organisations working to address disadvantage in the case of people on low incomes or those who are sick or disabled

 Please note:
  • Grants will not be awarded retrospectively i.e. for costs already incurred prior to receipt of the grant offer letter and signed terms and conditions.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate the financial/social need the grant will address to serve Powys residents
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received support from this Fund
  • We only accept one application from an organisation per year

This programme has two annual deadlines of 28th February and 31st August. Applications are invited within the six weeks prior to a deadline.

This Fund if currently OPEN

Please click on the following link to start an Online application form: Online Application Form

If you'd rather submit an application in Welsh, you'll need to download the appropriate application form below and send the completed application to
 (Source: Community Foundation in Wales)

Wales Rural Network Funding Fairs 2017

Wales Rural Network
Funding Fairs 2017

Learn about the opportunities available to your business, community, farm or other enterprise through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and other sources.

The Funding fairs will be held on:
  • 2nd  March 2017 Peterston Super Ely Community Hall, Vale of Glamorgan 11 - 3pm
  • 8th  March 2017 Royal Welsh Show Ground, Builth Wells 11 - 3pm
  • 15th  March 2017 Glasdir, Llanrwst 4 - 6pm
Speak to the experts, view presentations on your preferred areas and find out more about the assistance available to develop your ideas. Plus bespoke presentation on the following:
  • Farming Connect
  • Glastir Woodland Creation
  • Glastir Advanced and Small Grants
Get help with preparing for the next Expression of Interest application windows and tips on how to submit funding bids.
No need to book in advance, Scheme presentation times will be published on the Wales Rural Network Web Pages.

(Source WCVA 3 SET)


The Beatrice Laing Trust offers grants to registered charities working throughout the UK.
The Trust aims to fund projects concerned with the relief of poverty or distress, particularly those relating to children, and the advancement of the evangelical Christian faith, both at home and abroad.
UK based charities, Christian organisations and organisations providing opportunities for training and development to young people may apply for a grant of between £1,000 and £5,000 towards the capital cost of a project. The Trust can award grants up to £25,000 and makes a number of awards at this level each year. There is no requirement for match funding.
During the year ending 5 April 2016, the Trust awarded grants totalling £1,527,370 (2015: £1,799,400) to approximately 330 organisations. A full list of all awards is provided in the Trust's annual report on the Charity Commission website. Grant awards were made against the following categories:
o Social Welfare (£504,650);
o Children and Young People, including Education (£199,500);
o Health and Medicine (£257,500);
o Overseas Aid (£272,220); and
o Religion (£292,500).
Funding is focused on the relief of poverty and the advancement of the evangelical Christian faith at home and abroad.
Grants are generally awarded on a one-off basis for capital purposes such as the purchase or construction of new premises, building extension, redevelopment or refurbishment, or the purchase of equipment and vehicles.
Most other grants are directed towards specific projects which will meet a clearly defined and demonstrable need within the applicant charity’s beneficiary/client group which cannot be met from statutory sources.
A reasonable level of management costs to cover overheads may be included when submitting a project budget.
Examples of the type of projects that have received funding, include:
o Christian organisations working to express their faith through practical action to help those in need, offering direct support to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society, including the homeless, the elderly, former servicemen and women, and ex-offenders;
o Charities providing practical services to people with physical, mental and learning difficulties and their families/carers, for example: special schools seeking to develop and expand their facilities in order to enable them to meet the needs of people with increasingly complex disabilities,  those involved in supporting young people with complex needs in the transition into adulthood, providing supported accommodation and opportunities for training/meaningful employment.  or those seeking to provide facilities for respite care;
o Organisations providing opportunities for training and development to young people, in particular those who are disadvantaged or ‘at risk’; and
o Small-scale overseas development projects aiming to build the capacity of local partners to develop long-term sustainable solutions to local problems in countries in the developing world.
The Trust does not make grants to organisations and projects  in  the following areas:
o General appeals or circulars;
o Campaigning or lobbying activities;
o Umbrella, second tier or grant-making organisations;
o Professional associations or projects for the training of professionals;
o Feasibility studies and social research;
o Individual sponsorship requirements;
o Grants to individuals for educational, medical or travel purposes including gap year projects and overseas exchange programmes;
o Summer activities for children/young people or after-school clubs;
o State maintained or independent schools other than those for pupils with special educational needs;
o Uniformed groups such as Scouts and Guides;
o Costs of staging one-off events, festivals or conferences;
o Animal welfare;
o Core running costs of hospices, counselling projects and other local organisations; or
o Church restoration or repair (including organs and bells).
Applications should be made by letter (applications are not accepted in any other form, for example, by email), accompanied by a concise proposal (around three to four pages) including the following information:
o Contact details;
o Confirmation of charitable status;
o A clear overview of the charity’s aims and objectives;
o Precise details of the project for which funding is sought including project activities, proposed start and end date, and a detailed budget breakdown;
o Fundraising strategy, including anticipated sources of funding, funds already secured, and plans for securing the shortfall;
o Arrangements for monitoring and evaluating the project; and  o A copy of the charity’s most recent annual report and audited accounts.
Applications may be made at any time.
For further information about the Beatrice Laing Trust - as well as the other Laing Family Trusts - visit the Laing Family's website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
Elizabeth Harley
The Beatrice Laing Trust
33 Bunn Lane
Mill Hill
London NW7 2DX
 020 8238 8890  

(Source: GRIN)


The PRS Open Grants programme is intended to help support, sustain and promote the growth of the new music infrastructure in the UK.
The Foundation's funding priorities are:
o To support the creation and performance of outstanding new music in any genre;
o To develop artists to their full potential;
o To inspire audiences UK-wide.
Applications are accepted from not-for-profit organisations, including promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues and curators including:
o Organisations that are limited by guarantee and/or a registered Charity;
o Individuals and sole traders;
o Community Interest Companies (CIC);
o Non-music organisations including local authorities, museums, etc.
To be eligible for funding organisations must be based in the UK.
Organisations may apply for up to £10,000. The Foundation prefers some match funding to be in place. Administration costs relating to the project can be funded to a maximum of 10% of the total budget. A maximum of £5,000 can be used towards recording costs.
Projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally.
The scheme aims to support:
o Projects involving the creation, performance or promotion of new music by living, UK-based music creators (e.g. a commission, residency, education project or tour).
o Recording costs;
o Programmes that strongly feature or are based around new music (eg promoting a series of live events featuring outstanding new music, the new music component of a festival programme, artist/composer/talent development programme or multiple commissions);
o Equipment/rehearsal space hire if it is an essential part of the project;
o Administrative costs (eg time spent organising the project, letters, printing, stamps);
o Development time (eg the time it will take the music creator to work on the new material);
o Promotional activity/PR costs relating directly to your development as a music creator/the project;
o Website creation (only if crucial to the promotion of the project);
o Music videos when part of wider project activity;
o Musician fees (the PRS will not fund a project if projects do not pay musicians);
o Contingency (up to 10% of the total project budget);
o Concerts, record launches, gigs, tours, installations, festivals and promoters which feature a significant programme of new UK music.
There's a long list of exclusions. Funding is not available for:
o Individuals in full-time education;
o Under 18s, unless represented by an adult with a valid DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check;
o Those resident outside of the UK;
o Those without a track record of more than 18 months;
o Projects where the lead composer/songwriter is a member of another Performance Rights Organisation (ie UK based music creator must either be a member of PRS or should be in a position to join);
o Companies limited by shares (although these are considered on a case-by-case basis);
o Projects that contain no element of live performance (unless applying for recording costs only);
o Technology projects (unless they contain a significant aspect of new music creation);
o The purchase of vans or cars;
o Bursaries, tuition/education costs, or scholarships;
o Capital projects (eg building work);
o Any project raising funds for another charity;
o Buying equipment;
o Building a studio;
o Organisations or projects that have been running for less than 18 months;
o Music creators who do not have a track record of 18 months or more;
o Retrospective activity (ie projects that have already taken place);
o Activity that falls before the grant decision date;
o Organisations or music creators based outside the UK;
o British music creators no longer permanently resident in the UK;
o Composers and songwriters who are members of other performance rights collection societies;
o International tours/recording internationally;
o Radio stations/broadcasting costs;
o Start-up companies or record labels;
o A roster of artists on a record label;
o Living costs and salary costs;
o Core funding.
PRS are also unable to offer:
o Comments or advice on applicant’s music;
o Advice on signing to a label or how to organise tours/projects; o Advice on gigs/venues;
o Advice on promoting your music, unless it has been directly funded by PRS for Music Foundation;
o Application form checking, prior to submission (however, applicants can email PRS with specific questions).
The remaining stage one application deadlines for 2017 are:
o Monday 8 May; and
o Monday 2 October.
Applications must be made via the online application form on the Foundation's website.
Applicants successful at Stage One will be invited to complete a full Stage Two application.
Contact details for the PRS for Music Foundation are:
The PRS for Music Foundation
2 Pancras Square
London N1C 4AG
(No phone number is provided by the Trust.) 

(Source: GRIN)