Thursday, 16 December 2010

Funding Circle offers loans for small businesses in Wales

Funding Circle is the UK's first ever online marketplace. Members of the public have lent £1 million to small businesses in the first ten weeks of operation.

Funding Circle has given loans to 35 creditworthy businesses across the UK. These range from a water treatment company in Scotland, to a legal services provider in North Wales and a t-shirt printing company in London. To date the average loan size has been £30,000 and has been borrowed at an average interest rate of 8.2 per cent, substantially below the 12 per cent that banks typically charge businesses.

Lenders are aged from 18 to 80 with businesses being able to borrow between £5,000 and £50,000 for either one or three years with the loans repayable monthly.

Each loan is comprised of small amounts of borrowing from many different people who compete to lend to the business in question, enabling it to borrow at a better rate.

The Funding Circle model has been designed to reduce risk to lenders. Experienced Funding Circle underwriters comprehensively assess each application using the same information that banks use and only allow established and creditworthy businesses into the marketplace. Approved borrowers are then split into risk bands to give lenders a clear indication of the level of risk entailed in lending to them. To date, all businesses have fully repaid on time.

For more information go to: http://www.fundingcircle.com/

Funding for Independent Sexual Violence Advisors

Independent sexual violence advisers (ISVAs) are victim-focused advocates, funded to work with victims of recent and historic serious sexual crimes to enable them to access the services they need in the aftermath of the abuse they have experienced.

The maximum grant value is £20,000 per organisation per annum (£80,000 over the four year period). The grant scheme is open to all existing voluntary and community sector organisations and SARCs within England and Wales that have expertise in working with victims of sexual violence and abuse. Applications may be considered from SARCs that will open within the first six months of the start of the funding period (i.e. by end July 2011).

Funding can be given for running costs, such as salary, training and expenses costs for the ISVA post. All ISVAs will be expected to balance a caseload that includes victims progressing through the criminal justice process as well as victims that have decided not to report, or who are no longer in the criminal justice process.

The deadline for applications is 4 February 2011.

For more information go to: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/

BT COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

BT Community Connections is an award scheme which offers community groups the chance to get online and help people discover the internet.

The award will be 12 months’ free connection to BT Business Total Broadband Advance, which includes features described in the standard products and services terms. Award winners will be required to accept the standard terms and conditions for the service.

Applications are welcomed from a diverse range of UK community organisations, charities, social enterprises and community interest companies.

Priority will be given to applications from community groups that operate in areas of deprivation and that have not previously won an award. However, previous award winners are eligible to apply and will be considered, providing they meet the application criteria.

Employees of British Telecommunications plc or Lumina CR Ltd, their families or agents are not eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted by 13 January 2011.

For more information go to: http://www.btplc.com/

ENGAGEMENT GATEWAY - REMINDER

Organisations across Wales are being given a new opportunity to access funding from WCVA’s Engagement Gateway project.

Voluntary organisations and charities that support out-of-work people could win a contract from the project, which is funding organisations to develop the skills and confidence of disadvantaged and economically inactive people.

To become eligible for Gateway contracts of between £25,000 and £150,000, organisations can join the project’s approved supplier list by submitting a pre qualification questionnaire (PQQ) by 2pm on 24 January 2011.

Organisations whose PQQ meets the assessment criteria will be able to tender for contracts from March 2011.

If you are considering submitting a PQQ, PAVO can support you through this process, and look through your competed questionnaire, before it is submitted. Should your organisation be successfully added to the Approved Suppliers list and receive an Invitation To Tender (ITT) PAVO will provide ongoing support to your organisation at each stage of the Engagement Gateway process.

Powys Zero Waste Action Grant Scheme - SHORT DEADLINE!!

The Zero Waste Action project is a Rural Development Plan funded delegated grant scheme, aiming to support waste minimisation projects throughout Powys. It aims to increase the quantity and range of materials diverted from landfill through support and development of the recycling sector.

The scheme is open to constituted community enterprises and business,

The scheme will offer capital and revenue grant support to projects based in Powys. Examples of the projects that the grant support could be:
  • projects that trial new or innovative approaches to waste management, collection, handling and transportation / reprocessing of recyclates
  • projects that demonstrate a commitment to research and development as part of a wider operational activity
For more information please e-mail kayle.martin@cylch.org.uk for an expression of interest form and more detailed information.

!!PLEASE NOTE - the last round of applications closes on 2nd February 2011!!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

The Jubilee People's Millions

The Big Lottery Fund ( in partnership with ITV), is marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by making sixty grants of £60,000 available. The £3.6 million Jubilee People’s Millions awards will be awarded to new projects next year that "will inspire or improve local communities".

Community groups across the UK are being invited to bid for a share of the funding, with finalists appearing on ITV regional news. The public will then vote and decide which projects should receive the Lottery Diamond Jubilee funding.

Groups have until 4 February 2011 to get their entries in. The projects that receive the most votes will be awarded the funding next summer (2011), in order to be up and running in time for the Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year, 2012.

The programme is open to voluntary and community groups, as well as schools, and local authorities and health bodies.

For more information go to: http://www.peoplesmillions.org.uk/apply

Monday, 29 November 2010

Community Asset Transfer Programme – Round 3 briefing events

The Community Asset Transfer (CAT) Programme is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and the Welsh Assembly Government. This partnership brings together £13 million of capital and revenue funding to support the transfer of assets to community ownership.

Application materials for the third and final round of the CAT Programme will be available on our website from Thursday 25 November 2010.

There will be a series of briefing events across Wales to support potential applicants to the programme on:

Thursday 2 December 2010 Welsh Institute of Sport, Cardiff 10.00am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 8 December 2010 Venue Cymru, Llandudno 10.00am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 15 December 2010 Ladywell House, Newtown 10.00am – 12.30pm

At the events BIG staff will provide advice on how to apply for funding. One to one sessions with staff will be available following the presentations.

If you would like to attend any of the events please complete and return the reply form by Tuesday 30 November 2010.

Further information on the programme is available on our website at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk Guidance notes for Round 3 will be available from 25 November 2010.

Launch of the Social Enterprise Awards Wales - 2011 Round

Social Enterprise Awards Wales is an annual programme designed to promote the social enterprise movement across Wales, recognising and showcasing the work undertaken by these organisations for the benefit of the general public.

The 2011 round is now open to entries under the following categories:

  • Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year: for social enterprises running less than 24 months.
  • Social Enterprise Leader of the Year: for individuals working for a social enterprise in a paid or voluntary capacity.
  • Young Person’s Social Enterprise of the Year: for social enterprises managed or led by young people aged under 25.
  • Social Enterprise of the Year.

The prize for each category winner comprises 0f:

  • £1,000 in cash;
  • free entry to VOICE 11, the UK's flagship event for social enterprises; and
  • automatic entry into the Social Enterprise Awards UK.

New and established social enterprises operating in Wales may enter the programme.

The deadline for entries is 18 January 2011.

For more information go to: http://socialenterpriseawardswales.org.uk/

Community Asset Transfer Round 3 open for Wales

The Big Lottery Fund and the Welsh Assembly Government have launched the third round of the Community Asset Transfer Fund. This fund provides capital and revenue grants to support the transfer of assets from public sector organisations to community ownership.

Through the Fund, a total of £13 million is being invested in communities, to help them transfer, develop, manage, and sustain assets, such as land or buildings, thereby improving neighbourhoods and people's livelihoods. The primary aim is to help communities become stronger and more sustainable.

Grants will be awarded up to the value of £800,000, including a combination of both capital and revenue costs. Revenue grants range from £50,000 to £300,000 and capital grants range from £250,000 to £500,000.

Assets transferred from public sector bodies will be passed to enterprising organisations that actively involve and benefit the communities they serve, e.g. those working towards improving the services and/or facilities. Applications are welcome from cross-sector partnerships comprising at least one third sector organisation and one public sector organisation. The third sector organisation must be the lead applicant.

The deadline for Round three, stage one applications is 3 March 2011.

For more information go to http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Celebrating the Opening of Tregeglwys Community Shop

PAVO is proud to be associated with the opening of the new Community Shop in Trefeglwys. After losing their local facilities in June 2008 they decided to take matters into their own hands and embarked on a project to open the village shop and petrol pumps. The opening of the shop this week is the culmination of two years of work.

Through its team of development workers, PAVO supported Trefeglwys Community Shop Ltd to: develop the social enterprise; submit funding applications and recruit staff.

At a time when politicians are talking about The Big Society and communities becoming more responsible for delivering services, projects like this show that Powys is already leading the way.

PAVO Development Worker, John Davies said "We have supported Trefeglwys Community Shop in their endeavours but it has been their own drive and determination that has turned their idea into a reality. One of the most important things about this project is that it is supported by the whole community and it will be of benefit to the whole community."

John Green (chairman) said PAVO have been of great help during our project, providing valuable information on sources of finance, helping with recruitment and providing timely advice whenever it has been requested. Undoubtedly the process would have been longer without their excellent support.

FUNDING EXPERIENCES - Tell us your stories

  • Has your group been successful with a funding application?
  • How did you find the application process?
  • What's the worst thing about filling in grant applications?
  • Did funders give feedback if the application was unsuccessful?
  • Have you got any tips to share with others?
We want to hear from community and voluntary groups in Powys about your experiences in making funding applications. So don't delay, do it today!

COMIC RELIEF UK GRANT PROGRAMME

Comic Relief’s UK Grant Programme aims to bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK by investing in work that addresses people’s immediate needs, as well as tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.

Registered charities and voluntary organisations (including social enterprises and community interest companies) in the UK are invited to apply for grants of between £25,000 and £40,000. Grants are available to cover running or capital costs of organisations or projects under the following programmes:

  • Mental Health.
  • Domestic and Sexual Abuse.
  • Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women.
  • Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Young People.
  • Young People and Alcohol.
  • Young People with Mental Health Problems.
  • Local Communities

Cycle 5 opens for applications on 11 October and the deadline for Cycle 5 applications is 7 January 2011.

For further information look on http://www.comicrelief.com/apply_for_a_grant

Monday, 15 November 2010

Community Chest Funding

Community Chest grant funding is open to sports clubs, physical activity groups and businesses for projects which help build a fitter, healthier county. Since April this year, £37,433 has already been allocated to clubs and organisations in Powys for physical activity and sport initiatives.

With only just over £18,000 left for the current financial year, organisations should get their applications in now so they don’t miss out on the grant. The deadline for the next round of applications is Thursday January 20 2011. For further information or an application form contact your local sports development representative: Gareth Oldham (Radnorshire) – 01597 827658; Katie Hamer (Montgomeryshire) - 01686 614060; or Matthew James (Brecknockshire) – 01874 612335.

If you require support from PAVO with the application process please contact the helpdesk on 0845 0093288.

New opportunity to access Gateway funding

Organisations across Wales are being given a new opportunity to access funding from WCVA’s Engagement Gateway project.

Voluntary organisations and charities that support out-of-work people could win a contract from the project, which is funding organisations to develop the skills and confidence of disadvantaged and economically inactive people.

To become eligible for Gateway contracts of between £25,000 and £150,000, organisations can join the project’s approved supplier list by submitting a pre qualification questionnaire (PQQ) by 2pm on 24 January 2011.

Organisations whose PQQ meets the assessment criteria will be able to tender for contracts from March 2011.

Engagement Gateway and Grants Manager Tessa White said: ‘This is an opportunity for any organisation that works with economically inactive people, particularly those that are concerned about funding and the likelihood of greater demand on their services in the near future.

‘It’s also a chance for organisations that have previously missed the opportunity to get onto the project’s approved supplier list and tender for contracts next year.’

Briefing sessions on how to complete a PQQ will be run across Wales during November and December. For more information about the Gateway project and the dates of the PQQ briefing sessions, contact the WCVA Helpdesk on 0800 2888 329 or email help@wcva.org.uk.

Pre qualification questionnaires and guidance notes are also available to download from www.wcva.org.uk.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Joint Welsh Assembly Government & Equality & Human Rights Commission Capacity Building Fund

This new small grants scheme has been established by the Welsh Assembly Government on a joint/matched funding basis with the Equality and Human Rights Commission. It aims to support capacity development in the third sector in Wales.

The total grant fund has £50,000 available, with each payment limited to a maximum of £5,000 per organisation.

The programme will consider applications from those wishing to work together in increasing awareness of equality and human rights issues. Proposals for initiatives which will strengthen the governance of organisations will be particularly welcome.

Eligible project costs may include:

  • staff costs (salaries and office overheads);
  • volunteer costs (travel, lunch, expenses, training);
  • operational/activity costs (equipment or venue hire, food, refreshments, childcare); and
  • publicity costs (publicity material, information and websites).

Third sector organisations located in Wales may apply.

Applications must be received by 17 December 2010.

Go to http://wales.gov.uk/ for more information

Is your organisation looking for money?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to access funding from the WCVA through their Engagement Gateway project. Their approved suppliers list has been re-opened, paving the way for your organisation to become eligible to tender for Gateway contracts. And we’re here to help. Simply complete the PQQ, available to download from the sell2wales.co.uk or WCVA.org.uk website by January 24th, 2pm, for your chance to secure a Gateway investment from £25,000 to £150,000. For advice on how to access this exciting funding opportunity and your organisation’s eligibility, simply contact us for advice and support

Friday, 22 October 2010

PAVO Funding Surgeries

The PAVO monthly funding surgeries have been well received in the towns we have visited so far this year. They are a great opportunity for groups to come and meet us and find out about what we can offer via our funding support service, whilst talking through funding issues face to face. And here is the best bit - they are free of charge!

So, keep your eyes on the blog for the next round of dates. We hope to meet you soon.

GwirVol Street Games Grants

This new initiative is designed to help develop structured sports programmes in disadvantaged communities in Wales, by involving young people aged 16-25 as volunteers.

Project funding of up to £2,000 per project is available. As well as funding, the projects will also have access to training, support and mentoring, along with qualifications including Community Sports Leadership Awards and recognition awards such as the Millennium Volunteers Award.

The grants will help organisations to provide opportunities that will challenge young people, meet their aspirations and add value to their communities. There are no limits on the type of sports that will be supported.

Not-for-profit organisations, including community groups and sports clubs in disadvantaged communities in Wales, may apply.

For more information go to: www.gwirvol.org.uk

GwirVol International Youth Volunteering Grant

GwirVol is a Welsh partnership designed to promote, support and drive forward youth volunteering.

The 2010/11 round of GwirVol's International Youth Volunteering Grant Scheme is now open to applications. The scheme aims to support opportunities for young people aged between 16 and 25 in disadvantaged and minority communities in Wales to volunteer internationally.

Grants of up to £30,000 are available to fund a structured programme of activities. The GwirVol Partnership will support up to 80% of the total project costs.

Funded activities might include the following:

  • Volunteer recruitment, eg promotional events, taster sessions and publicity.
  • Volunteer development and preparation, eg training, team-building, mentoring and awareness raising.
  • Volunteer participation - eg travel and subsistence, support to host communities and equipment.
  • Sharing learning outcomes, eg presentation events, digital reports, website information and evaluation.

The scheme is open to non-profit distributing third sector organisations in Wales.

The closing date for applications is 24 November 2010.

For more information go to: www.gwirvol.org.uk

GwirVol Youth Volunteering Grants - 'Opportunities and Promotion'

GwirVol is a uniquely Welsh, diverse partnership between the private, public and voluntary sectors, designed to promote, support and drive forward youth volunteering initiatives.

As well as providing advisory assistance and signposting services, the partnership will deliver grants, through local grant panels of young people, to encourage youth volunteering projects in their local area.

The scheme provides 'Opportunities' project funding of up to £10,000 for activities that will deliver a wide range of new and innovative volunteering experiences for those aged 16-25. It also offers 'Promotion' project funding of up to £5,000 to encourage volunteering, through promotional events, websites, exhibitions, or visits.

Organisations from the voluntary, public and private sectors located in Wales may apply for advisory and financial support through the scheme.

The deadline for both grants is 24 November 2010.

For more information go to: www.gwirvol.org.uk

New Charity Commission Chief urges contract mentality

New Charity Commission Chief Sam Younger has said that the voluntary sector must move away from dependency on grants, and move towards a contract mentality.

To read the full article go to: http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/7552/

What do you think about this article? Let us know!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

People's Postcode Trust Opens New Round of Funding and Extends Eligibility Criteria

The People's Postcode Trust has announced a new round of funding and, following a substantial change to its guidelines and criteria, has additionally extended its eligibility criteria. The Trust has also extended its reach to further support interested parties in Wales.

The Trust aims to make Great Britain a better place for both people and nature and by supporting projects which operate within the following six fields of operation:

  • Poverty Prevention – to prevent poverty, sickness and distress for the benefit of the general public.
  • Advancement of Health – to promote, maintain, improve and advance health.
  • Community Development – to advance citizenship or community development.
  • Public Sports – to advance public participation in sport.
  • Human Rights – to promote, improve and advance human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation.
  • Environmental Protection – to promote and advance environmental protection or improvement.

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available in Wales, available to small organisations, community groups and charities. The following conditions apply:

  • Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR / Charity Commission can apply for up to £2,000 in funding.
  • Applicants that are registered with OSCR / Charity Commission and can provide a valid charity number can apply for up to £5,000 if in Wales.

All projects must help in one or more of the above six fields of operation but could include, for example, the purchase of sports kit or uniform, new equipment or the creation of community gardens. The project has to have a clear charitable purpose, must take place between January and June 2011 and must last for no longer than three months.

Applications for projects under £2,000 can now be made at any time. Applications for those over this amount should be received by 10 November 2010 (5pm).

For more information go to:
http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

BBC Performing Arts Fund launches Young People's Musical Theatre scheme

The BBC Performing Arts Fund has launched a new scheme that aims to encourage young people to take part in musical theatre.

The new initiative, called the Young People's Musical Theatre scheme, is offering £200,000 in grants for training and development, and particularly for projects that encourage new members or audiences. The scheme is open to non-profit theatre groups which have a youth section, or are made up of members who are under the age of 25.

Theatre groups applying should regularly put on musical theatre productions, but funding is also available for those wishing to produce a musical for the first time. Theatre companies may for example wish to work with other local groups or schools, run workshops with professionals, or apply for funding in order to hire a live band, director or choreographer.

Partners of the scheme include the Voluntary Arts Network, the Media Trust and the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA).

Theatre groups interested in applying for funding should visit the BBC Performing Arts Fund website or the Fund's facebook page, or go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/performingartsfund/ for more information.

Each application will be independently assessed.

The deadline is 30 November 2010. The winners will be announced in January 2011.

Joint Welsh Assembly Government & Equality & Human Rights Commission Capacity Building Fund

This new small grants scheme has been established by the Welsh Assembly Government on a joint/matched funding basis with the Equality and Human Rights Commission. It aims to support capacity development in the third sector in Wales.

The total grant fund has £50,000 available, with each payment limited to a maximum of £5,000 per organisation.

The programme will consider applications from those wishing to work together in increasing awareness of equality and human rights issues. Proposals for initiatives which will strengthen the governance of organisations will be particularly welcome.

Eligible project costs may include:

  • staff costs (salaries and office overheads);
  • volunteer costs (travel, lunch, expenses, training);
  • operational/activity costs (equipment or venue hire, food, refreshments, childcare); and
  • publicity costs (publicity material, information and websites).

Third sector organisations located in Wales may apply.

Applications must be received by 17 December 2010.

Go to http://wales.gov.uk/ for more information

Monday, 4 October 2010

The Guardian and Observer Christmas 2010 charity appeal - DEADLINE IMMINENT

The Guardian / Observer Christmas Appeal 2010 is looking for 10 projects that are making a big impact on the lives of disadvantaged teenagers and young adults.

The project's focus may be on young people excluded from education, or unable to get a job or training, rehabilitating young offenders, or supporting survivors of abuse, young carers, care leavers, runaways, or refugees. It could be increasing opportunities for disabled youngsters; tackling issues around mental illness or substance abuse; or teaching literacy, life skills, and resilience.

They are looking for charities working solely with young people aged 13 - 24, and projects that clearly demonstrate what a difference they make, and that they are innovative and effective.

If you think your group could be in with a chance, go to:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/sep/16/nominate-charity-for-christmas-appeal

!!APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON THE 8TH OCTOBER!!

GwirVol Grants Roadshow

GwirVol Grants Road Show

If you are an organisation who can offer meaningful Volunteering opportunities for young people (16-25) but need some support, then you may be eligible for funding in the next round of GwirVol “Opportunities” and “Promotion” grants www.wcva.org.uk/grants for details.

The deadline for this round is 24th November.

However, if you have questions and need some advice, or someone to look at your application come to the GwirVol Grants Roadshow on 18th October, at Llanddewi Village Hall 10:30am-12:30pm where the staff from WCVA and PAVO will be there to help.

Further details are available from info@pavo.org.uk or call the PAVO Helpdesk on 0845 0093288.

2011 International Women's Day Grant for Wales

The Welsh Assembly Government has announced a grant to fund events surrounding the centenary celebrations for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2011. Around the world, IWD marks a celebration of the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women.

The 2011 theme is ‘A Celebration of Women’s Achievements in the Last 100 Years’, and applications should reflect this theme.

A total grant fund of £30,000 is available with each payment limited to £2,500. Funding events should highlight issues and concerns relating to women and represent the diverse needs of women in Wales.

The main emphasis will be on events held across the regions in Wales, in the North, Mid, West and South. Welsh Assembly Government will favour not-for-profit organisations that establish a partnership to organise events together which promote IWD.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 17 December 2010.

Go to: http://wales.gov.uk/ for more information


CAN DO SURGERIES

Thinking of applying to the Can Do Communities Grant Scheme? Would you like to run through your project or application with a PAVO Development Worker? If the answer is yes, then take advantage of our special surgeries taking place on:

20th October 2010 - Knighton Community Centre
22nd October 2010 - Llanfyllin Youth and Community Centre

Both sessions start at 10.30am, and appointments must be booked so please contact the PAVO Help desk on : 0845 0093288

The next deadline for the scheme is Friday 26th November , and this is the last application round for this year.


Thursday, 30 September 2010

MILLENNIUM STADIUM CHARITABLE TRUST OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS FROM GROUPS DELIVERING LOCAL PROJECTS

The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust has opened its next round of grant giving, targeting local community groups, villages and towns in Wales.

Any constituted community group can apply for funding of up to £2,500 to support programmes that improve the lives of people living and working in Wales.

Project activities must fall into at least one of the categories of:

  • Sport,

  • the Arts,

  • the Environment

  • the Community

Applicants are asked to bid for the funding via an application form and process. The deadline for this round is Wednesday 22nd December, with decisions made in March 2011. For further information please contact the Trust Office on 029 2049 4963 or access the application details via the web link below.

http://www.millenniumstadiumtrust.co.uk

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

PAVO ON THE ROAD

PAVO's Development Team will be on the road again later this month, visiting:
  • Brecon on Tuesday 19th October 2010 from 10.30am
  • Llanidloes on Thursday 14th October 2010 from 10.30am.

We can offer support and guidance around issues affecting your group for example trustee and governance, policies and safeguarding issues. We can also undertake a funding health check for your group.

Our accredited funding advisors can provide tailored support for your group’s needs including funding searches, and an application checking service, all free of charge to you!


Appointments must be booked beforehand for all surgeries, so please ring the PAVO Helpdesk on 0845 0093288, to book your place now!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

CAPITAL YOUTH GRANT SCHEME - DEADLINE EXTENSION

CAPITAL YOUTH GRANT SCHEME

Grant Money available for capital projectsbetween £500 to £5000.

Deadline for applications the dead line has been extended to the end of this week Friday 1st Oct

The work should benefit young people (11- 25 year olds) in the community.

The grant can be used for:

· Building works such as improvements / alterations

· Substantial equipment (over £500)

Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate how they encourage active participation of young people, widen their skills range and give enhanced competence.

All funded projects will be required to:

· Have a governing document

· Have a bank account

· Demonstrate the ability to manage a grant

· Demonstrate how the project is sustainable.

Assistance is also available from PAVO Development Officers, for general guidance and support:

Andrew Davies– Tel: 01686 626220

Please return your completed proposal form to:

Yvonne Hardcastle

PAVO

Marlow

South Crescent

Llandrindod Wells

Powys

LD1 5DH

Email: yvonne.hardcastle@pavo.org.uk

Please mark the envelope - ‘Capital Youth Grant Scheme’

Please visit www.pavo.org.uk for an application forms

Monday, 27 September 2010

Gwirvol Youth Led Grant Scheme - Money Available

There is still a small amount of money left in the Gwirvol Youth Led Grant Scheme.

Grants of up to £300 are available for projects that provide volunteering opportunities for young people aged 16-25 to help their communities. Previous successful applications secured funds to:

  • create a community garden,
  • hold a fund-raising event to raise money for a village hall,
  • open up a footpath for local people and making it accessible for people with mobility disabilities,
  • run a peer-led first aid course,
  • train young volunteers.


The applications have to be written by young people
. A panel of young people from Powys will assess the applications. The deadline for completed applications is 29th October 2010 and the grant has to be used by the end of March 2011.

For a copy of the application pack please contact the PAVO Helpdesk on 0845 009 3288 or email info@pavo.org.uk

Thursday, 23 September 2010

YOUTH BANK FUND DEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline for applications for the next round of the Youth Bank Fund has been moved to 8th October to allow organisations time to consult with Young People to get the bids done. The fund is the replacement to the £250 that groups previously got from the youth registration scheme.

The Youth Bank provides a greater opportunity for Youth Service Providers to deliver effective non-formal and informal learning through better access to facilities and resources. Voluntary groups can therefore use this money to help with insurance or rent for their buildings. Where equipment is linked to curriculum development this will help to improve the engagement of young people and in turn help to increase membership and attendance by young people.

Each club/project will be eligible to apply once a year and can be awarded money to spend either on Capital equipment or Revenue resources. In each round there are three areas (mid, north and south) and in each area there is one grant of up to £500 and eight grants of up to £250. Applications must:

  • Have evidence of curriculum development linked to the Youth Work Curriculum Statement for Wales: Educative/empowering /expressive/participative and Powys and Learning Areas
  • Be completed by the young people and presented to the youth bank committee
  • Have a minimum of 8 young people involved with the project
  • Be registered with PAVO or PCC Youth Services to be eligible for funding to fulfil Health and Safety criteria

If you have queries about the scheme or would like support from PAVO to complete an application please contact Andrew Davies 01686 626220 or andrew.davies(at)pavo.org.uk

Completed applications should be sent to: Rebecca Jayne (Area Youth Worker), St Johns Offices, Fiveways, Llandrindod wells, Powys LD1 5LG or 0777567889 or rebecca.jayne(at)powys.gov.uk

Westenders Amateur Dramatic Society

The Westenders Amateur Dramatic Society were successful in their bid to the Community Renewal Scheme (now closed), for a grant to renovate the hall to its former glory. Last Friday saw the re-opening of the hall, and it was clear to see how much the hall meant to those involved, as tears of happiness were shed.

Watch the video to see how they found the application process.

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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Take advantage of the Broadband Support Scheme

The Broadband Support Scheme is open to
- Individual Households
- Communities
- Small & Medium Sized Enterprises
- Third Sector Organisations

You have to be in a 'not spot'.

Applicants can apply for funding for the installation and associated equipment costs to set up a broadband solution to a maximum of £1000 subject to meeting the eligibility criteria. Funding is not available for any monthly service charges.

For further information contact Karen Morgan on 02920368043 or visit www.wales.gov.uk/broadband

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

How to tender

Trainer: WCVA staff § Duration 2 days § Format Training course

Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October Cardiff

Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 November Aberystwyth

Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 February 2011 Rhyl

Aims: To provide participants with an insight into the world of tendering and the tools and techniques to develop successful tenders

Who is this course for? The course is intended for third sector staff and/or trustees with a responsibility for strategic direction and financial management. It is suitable for those new to tendering, or for those wishing to gain a further insight and skill into preparing winning tenders

Fees Free ** A - £150 B - £200 C - £300

** 3-SET training courses are free to attend for staff and volunteers of third sector organisations that can demonstrate they are involved in the development and/or delivery of European funded projects in Wales

Price bands A – WCVA members B - voluntary and community organisations C - Others

(All prices are excluding VAT)

Contact training@wcva.org.uk for more information


Effective delivery of European projects within the third sector

Effective delivery of European projects within the third sector

17 November 2010

Cefn Lea, Dolfor, Newtown, Powys

SY16 4AJ


WCVA’s Third Sector Spatial European Team (3-SET) will be hosting an event to bring together third sector deliverers of European funded activity from across Wales to enhance collaboration and provide practical expert led workshops. Please see attached diary marker for further details.

There are 75 spaces available for this event and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.To register an interest in attending the event, please send your contact details to 3SET@wcva.org.uk. Further details will be sent in advance of the event.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Llandyssil Old School Hall

Llandyssil Old School Hall has recently finished being renovated, following the successful search for funding. Watch the video to find out more.

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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

REMEMBER A CHARITY WEEK

This week (13th - 19th September 2010) is Remember a Charity week.
Remember A Charity was set up in 2000 to encourage more people to consider leaving a gift to charities in their will, after looking after family and friends.

Without income from legacies many charities in the UK would struggle to survive. And with only 7% of the UK population leaving a gift in their will, there is huge potential to increase this form of income.

For more information go to: http: //www.rememberacharity.org.uk/index.jsp

GWIRVOL - Opportunities and Grants Programme now open

GwirVol is a uniquely Welsh, diverse partnership between the private, public and voluntary sectors, designed to promote, support and drive forward youth volunteering initiatives.

As well as providing advisory assistance and signposting services, the partnership will deliver grants, through local grant panels of young people, to encourage youth volunteering projects in their local area.

The scheme provides 'Opportunities' project funding of up to £10,000 for activities that will deliver a wide range of new and innovative volunteering experiences for those aged 16-25. It also offers 'Promotion' project funding of up to £5,000 to encourage volunteering, through promotional events, websites, exhibitions, or visits.

Organisations from the voluntary, public and private sectors located in Wales may apply for advisory and financial support through the scheme.

The second bidding round for 2010, for both the 'Opportunities' and 'Promotion' grants, has opened to applications with a deadline of 24 November 2010.

GWIRVOL - INTERNATIONAL YOUTH VOLUNTEERING GRANT SCHEME - NOW OPEN

GwirVol is a Welsh partnership designed to promote, support and drive forward youth volunteering.

The 2010/11 round of GwirVol's International Youth Volunteering Grant Scheme is now open to applications. The scheme aims to support opportunities for young people aged between 16 and 25 in disadvantaged and minority communities in Wales to volunteer internationally.

Grants of up to £30,000 are available to fund a structured programme of activities. The GwirVol Partnership will support up to 80% of the total project costs.

Funded activities might include the following:

  • Volunteer recruitment, eg promotional events, taster sessions and publicity.
  • Volunteer development and preparation, eg training, team-building, mentoring and awareness raising.
  • Volunteer participation - eg travel and subsistence, support to host communities and equipment.
  • Sharing learning outcomes, eg presentation events, digital reports, website information and evaluation.

The scheme is open to non-profit distributing third sector organisations in Wales.

The closing date for applications is 24 November 2010.

COMIC RELIEF OLDER PEOPLE'S PROGRAMME - NEW ROUND ANNOUNCED

Comic Relief's Older People's Programme aims to support older people in the UK to bring positive change to their communities, enabling them to contribute their time, energy and skills to those individuals who need it most.

Expressions of Interest are invited from community groups and organisations that are targeting their work at older people aged 65 and over.

Comic Relief is looking to fund projects where older people are:

  • acting as mentors to vulnerable young people;
  • giving support to their peers who may be isolated;
  • acting as advocates around the needs and rights of those with caring duties; and
  • running social enterprises.

Comic Relief particularly welcomes applications which address the needs of those in the community who experience the greatest levels of isolation and exclusion.

Grants of between £15,000 and £40,000 are available for up to three years and applicants must be able to demonstrate the active engagement of older people in the development and delivery of the work.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 17 December 2010.

DON'T MISS OUT!!

POWYS ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP SMALL GRANTS SCHEME

The Small Grants Scheme is one of the ways that the PEP encourages environmental projects within Powys. Any project must contribute to the key environmental priorities of the Community Strategy.

The maximum grant available is £750, which can contribute to 50% of the project costs. The remaining 50% must be match funded by the group.

The final round this year opens on September 1st, and applications must be received by 8th October 2010.

For more information or application forms please contact James Williams, Powys County Council on 01597 826130 or e-mail james.williams@powys.gov.uk

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

YOUTH BANK - FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH SERVICE PROVIDERS

The next round of the youth bank has been moved to the 20th September 2010 to allow organisations time to consult with Young People to get the bids done.

If you are unaware of the youth bank fund it is the replacement to the £250 that groups got from the youth registration scheme.


The Youth Bank provides a greater opportunity for Youth Service Providers to deliver effective non-formal and informal learning through better access to facilities and resources.

Voluntary groups can therefore use this money to help with insurance or rent for their buildings

Where equipment is linked to curriculum development this will help to improve the engagement of young people and in turn help to increase membership and attendance by young people.

Each club/project will be eligible to apply once a year and can be awarded money to spend either on Capital equipment or Revenue resources. Capital equipment is something that is permanent and will stay in the setting. Resources could be instructors, materials that you use or expenses incurred during the project.

In each round there are three areas (mid, north and south) and in each area there is one grant of up to £500 and eight grants of up to £250

CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION

o Each application must have evidence of curriculum development linked to the Youth Work Curriculum Statement for Wales: Educative/empowering /expressive/participative and Powys and Learning Areas

o Each application has to be completed by the young people and presented to the youth bank committee

o Each project has to have a minimum of 8 young people involved with it.

o Each club/project will be awarded up to £500 to spend on Capital equipment for their project and a minimal amount of money for Resources. Capital equipment is something that is permanent and will stay in the setting. Resources can be instructors; materials that you use or expenses accrued during the project.

o Your Project must be registered with PAVO or the Youth Services to be eligible for funding to fulfill Health and Safety Criteria.

o Each application has to be in by 20th September 2010

For more information / application form please contact:

Youth Bank

Rebecca Jayne (Area Youth Worker)

St Johns Offices

Fiveways

Llandrindod Wells

Powys

LD1 5LG

07778567889

rebecca.jayne@powys.gov.uk

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

NEW - GREEN GRANTS SCHEME - deadline imminent

The Green Insurance Company Presents Grimple's Green Grants!

Grimple's Green Grants is a new grant scheme launched in August 2010 for the first time ever by The Green Insurance Company.

They are looking for green projects across the United Kingdom that they can fund and support. There is up to £20 000 to give away to environmentally friendly projects, offering funds up to £2 000 to small projects and organisations.

Applications can be made online at: http://www.greeninsurancegiving.co.uk/grants.php

Deadline for applications is midnight on 29th August 2010!

This is literally hot off the press!


PEP SMALL GRANTS SCHEME

POWYS ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP SMALL GRANTS SCHEME

The Small Grants Scheme is one of the ways that the PEP encourages environmental projects within Powys. Any project must contribute to the key environmental priorities of the Community Strategy.

The maximum grant available is £750, which can contribute to 50% of the project costs. The remaining 50% must be match funded by the group.

The final round this year opens on September 1st, and applications must be received by 8th October 2010.

For more information or application forms please contact James Williams, Powys County Council on 01597 826130 or e-mail james.williams@powys.gov.uk

PAVO ON THE ROAD

PAVO's accredited funding advisor's will be touring round Powys this Summer, bringing PAVO to local communities in Powys. Staff can provide tailored support for your group’s needs including a funding health check, funding searches, and an application checking service, all free of charge to you.
We can also offer support and guidance around issues affecting your group for example trustee and governance, and policies.

During September 2010 we will be visiting:

* Crickhowell on Tuesday 7th September 2010, at the Volunteer Bureau Offices from 1pm
* Welshpool on Wednesday 15th September at the Town Hall from 10.30am

Appointments must be booked. To book your place phone the PAVO Help-desk on 0845 0093288.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

NEW - CAPITAL YOUTH GRANT SCHEME

CAPITAL YOUTH GRANT SCHEME – administered by PAVO

Grant Money is available for capital projects between £500 to £5000.

The work should benefit young people (11- 25 year olds) in the community.

The grant can be used for:

· Building works such as improvements / alterations

· Substantial equipment (over £500)

Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate how they encourage active participation of young people, widen their skills range and give enhanced competence.

All funded projects will be required to:

· Have a governing document

· Have a bank account

· Demonstrate the ability to manage a grant

· Demonstrate how the project is sustainable.

Deadline for applications is Monday 27th September 2010

Assistance is also available from PAVO Development Officers, for general guidance and support:

Andrew Davies / John Davies– Tel: 01686 626220

Claire Sterry - Tel: 01597 822191

Please visit www.pavo.org.uk for more information.