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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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 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 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:


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 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 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: for more information


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.