Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Can Do - get it while you can!!!

Interest in this scheme is high - once the money is gone, it's gone, so take advantage of it as soon as possible.  
Groups undergoing the funding health check have found it to be a useful process, and not at all daunting.  It can also be done over the phone.
So here is the information you need to know:

Up to £2000 will be available for groups supporting identified local need and activity, for small scale capital projects, that will make a big impact.

Groups wishing to apply will go through a funding health check with a PAVO Development Officer. This useful tool, enables us to ensure your group is eligible, reducing the volume of paperwork that usually accompanies an application.
Groups will be expected to find match funding of 33%, e.g:
Application to fund for £2000
Match from group £660
Total Project Costs £2660

Projects should fit one of the following criteria:
  • Creating or refurbishing facilities available to the community as a whole or adapting them to ensure equal access to disabled people as required under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Acting to improve the built or natural environment for local people
  • Improving the well-being of the community by encouraging activities and healthy life styles
  • Providing facilities or activities which reduce poverty, inequality, discrimination and social disadvantage
  • Encouraging training that targets vulnerable or excluded people
  • Stimulating community businesses and social enterprise
  • Assisting the promotion of job opportunities and increased incomes
  • Involving people of all ages and abilities in the community and addressing the needs of socially excluded groups
  • Strengthening the cultural and linguistic identity of the community
For more information:
Go to: www.pavo.org.uk
PAVO Help desk: 0845 009 3288
e-mail: info@pavo.org.uk

Thursday, 8 December 2011

New Energy Efficiency Funding Announced (England and Wales)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has launched a £30 million investment in community green schemes and public sector energy efficiency.
The funding takes the form of a new £10 million Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) launched to help local communities develop energy projects with an additional £20 million in loans for energy efficiency in schools, universities, hospitals, local authorities and other public sector buildings.
The LEAF, managed by a number of community networks and administered by the Energy Saving Trust, will be run as a competition, with the chance for around 200 community organisations to get to grips with energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. Organisations including parish councils, voluntary associations, development trusts and faith groups are all eligible to apply.
Up to £50,000 is available for each successful community to be used to help assess the potential for energy efficiency and local renewable energy generation in their locality.
Funding is allocated in two rounds.


(Source: Grantfinder)
The first round closes at noon on 22 December 2011 with successful applicants notified in the week beginning 9 January 2012. The second round will close to applications at noon on 20 January 2012 with successful communities notified at the end January.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

MILLENNIUM STADIUM LOCAL ROUND - APPLICATIONS ENCOURAGED

We have been asked to promote the scheme, as it is currently open to local groups.  the following message has come from the Millennium Stadium Trust:



We are open to receive applications for local projects from charities or not for profit groups. The maximum grant for local applicants is £2,500, the closing date is 19th December  and decisions will be made early March 2012 and groups will be written to in March.  Projects need to start from after March 2012 and they have a year to spend the funding.

Examples include:
Faith gardens in schools, local sports clubs needing funds for equipment or coaching qualifications, trips for elderly and isolated people, community recycling projects, theatre trips for ill children, specially adjusted cinema viewings for disabled children, nets for cricket club and other rurally isolated clubs.  

Please note if you have been awarded a grant then  you cannot re apply until 3 years after the date of your offer letter.

Please follow the link below for the updated application form and guidelines.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Home Fire Safety Checks - Opportunity for Community Groups

One of the main objective’s of Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is reducing domestic fires through carrying out free Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSC) in people’s homes.  

A HFSC takes around 30 minutes to carry out and involves an assessment to identify and provide solutions to fire risks in a person’s home.  Depending on the outcome, a range of free fire safety equipment maybe provided in conjunction with fitting smoke detectors.  We are looking to target individuals who we deem vulnerable for example older people (60+), single adults and single parents, individuals living in deprivation, individuals living with a mental and / or physical impairment, smokers, and individuals who have issues with alcohol / drugs, as they have been identified of being at high risk of being injured or killed as a result of a fire.

For us, the key is working in partnership with organisations such as yourselves in carrying out these safety checks.  Your contribution could really make a difference to the safety of the people you work with.  If you are a voluntary sector organisation that is working closely with the people we deem vulnerable from having house fires please get in touch with me to look at ways of working together for the safety and well being of your clients.

Funding has been made available for voluntary sector organisations where we can currently make a payment of £10 per HFSC carried out.  Full training & support would be provided to enable members to undertake such checks.  If you are interested in further information then please contact me.

Many thanks,

Neil Evans
Rheolwr Gorsaf – rheolwr diogelwch yn y gymuned de Powys
Station Manager – community safety manager south Powys.
Mewnol / Internal: Ext. 1128
 Allanol / External: 01792705028
Symudol / Mobile: 07882634605 Post / Mail n.evans@mawwfire.gov.uk
Wefan / Website: www.mawwfire.gov.uk

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Christmas is coming......

The festive season is creeping up on us all too quickly!  What's your best festive fundraiser been?  Are you doing anything this year?  Do you find Christmas is a time when people are generous with their donations?  Let us know and spread some festive cheer!

Can Do Ideas into Reality

Interest in this scheme is really beginning to hot up - once the money is gone, it's gone, so take advantage of it as soon as possible.  
Groups undergoing the funding health check have found it to be a useful process, and not at all daunting.  It can also be done over the phone.
So here is the information you need to know:

Up to £2000 will be available for groups supporting identified local need and activity, for small scale capital projects, that will make a big impact.

Groups wishing to apply will go through a funding health check with a PAVO Development Officer. This useful tool, enables us to ensure your group is eligible, reducing the volume of paperwork that usually accompanies an application.
Groups will be expected to find match funding of 33%, e.g:
Application to fund for £2000
Match from group £660
Total Project Costs £2660

Projects should fit one of the following criteria:
  • Creating or refurbishing facilities available to the community as a whole or adapting them to ensure equal access to disabled people as required under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Acting to improve the built or natural environment for local people
  • Improving the well-being of the community by encouraging activities and healthy life styles
  • Providing facilities or activities which reduce poverty, inequality, discrimination and social disadvantage
  • Encouraging training that targets vulnerable or excluded people
  • Stimulating community businesses and social enterprise
  • Assisting the promotion of job opportunities and increased incomes
  • Involving people of all ages and abilities in the community and addressing the needs of socially excluded groups
  • Strengthening the cultural and linguistic identity of the community
For more information:
Go to: www.pavo.org.uk
PAVO Help desk: 0845 009 3288
e-mail: info@pavo.org.uk

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Eco Driving Course

Eco-Driving Course – only £7.50!
Powys Transport Training Agency have been successful in getting a grant from the Powys Environmental Partnership, which will enable groups across Powys to access the eco-driver training for only £7.50 per person and the goal is for drivers to save up to £300 per year!
This course can help address the problem of higher fuel prices within rural areas like Powys. It includes some pre and post course monitoring of fuel usage and feedback from attendees. Individuals, community groups, SME's and statutory & social enterprises can all attend.

For more information contact Mike Entwisle on:
 
Tel/Ffon 01597 829235
Mobile   07584 490191
email/ebost 
michael.entwisle@pavo.org.uk

Friday, 18 November 2011

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

YOUTH LED GRANTS

Grants of up to £1,000 are still available for youth-led projects. 
The money is available for voluntary and community groups to buy equipment, run events, go on training and any other ideas.  
The money would need to be spent by March 2011.   For an application form contact PAVO on 0845 0093288 or download from the PAVO website www.pavo.org.uk 

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Community Chest Funding

There is up to £1500 available for Community Sport and Physical Recreation in any 12 month period for activities that:
 
  • Encourage more people to become more active, more often
  • Raises the standards of existing activities
 
The scheme is open to any group as long as they hold a bank account in the organsation's name.
 
Download an application from www.sportwales and submit to your Local Authority -angela.williams@powys.gov.uk
 
There are 5 panel meetings per financial year.Closing dates for application is 2 weeks prior.
 
Dates will be set in January 2012 for the following year.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

VILLAGE SOS ROADSHOW COMES TO TALGARTH MILL

Rural communities across South Wales are being urged to attend a free event in Talgarth that will see business experts and rural specialists descend on the town to help struggling communities revive their villages.

Talgarth has been announced in the UK-wide events series as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Village SOS campaign, which is supporting communities across the UK to start up new enterprises - from shops and food projects to broadband schemes - that will help to rejuvenate their areas and meet the needs of local people.

The event, organised by rural communities charity Plunkett Foundation with DTA Wales, takes place on Monday 28th November at Talgarth Mill

For more information about the events series or the advice line, contact the Advice Team on 0845 434 9123 or visit www.villagesos.org.uk

(Source:  Big Lottery)

Monday, 7 November 2011

GwirVol Open for Applications

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 currently provides the following grant strands:
  • Creating Opportunities - project funding of up to £10,000 for activities that will deliver a wide range of new and innovative volunteering experiences for young people aged 16-25.
  • Promotion - project funding of up to £3,000 to promote volunteering to, and for, young people aged 16-25, eg through promotional events, websites, exhibitions, or visits.
  • Millennium Volunteers: For organisations looking to recognise the commitment young people give to volunteering through offering the 200 hour award of excellence. Millennium Volunteers grant applications can be for up to a maximum amount of £10,000.
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 2011 is open to applications with a deadline of 23 November 2011.

Go to:  www.gwirvol.org for more information

Friday, 4 November 2011

How councils can help charities manage the impact of spending cuts

Interesting article - what have your experiences been, what do you think?:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/local-government-network/2011/nov/02/charities-managing-funding-cuts

Keep Wales Tidy Community Group Grants

Community groups working to improve the environment can apply for free group public liability insurance and grants of up to £300 from Keep Wales Tidy. 
The charity, which has an officer in each Welsh county, works to encourage local action to protect and enhance the environment of Wales.
For more information, groups in Powys should contact Sue Newham, Tidy Towns officer for North Powys on 07766 757145 or sue.newham@keepwalestidy.org   Rachel Palmer, officer for South Powys, is unavailable until the end of the year, but will be pleased to help you after that.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

NEW! PAVO Social Enterprise and Trading Blog

Have you seen PAVO's new Social Enterprise and Trading blog?


Following on from the success of the PAVO Funding Blog, we are introducing this blog for regular updates, information and news on social enterprise and trading.  We also want it to be a mechanism for discussion, and sharing of experiences, so we hope that you will contribute.


Go to:  http://ptssocialenterpriseandtrading.blogspot.com/

Article: How small charities can buck the downward trend

Follow the link for an interesting article on diversifying income streams:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/voluntary-sector-network/community-action-blog/2011/nov/02/charities-buck-downward-trend-competitive

Lottery launches Millennium Now fund


Millennium Now is unlike anything we have delivered before. Developed together with Channel 4, public involvement is at the forefront of this new programme.
Through the Big Decision, the public told us where they felt £10 million of Lottery funding should go. We took this feedback and combined it with the results of an Ipsos MORI poll, conducted with 2000 people from across the nation, to help decide the five distinct project types that Millennium Now will fund.
Applications must specifically fit one of the Millennium Now project types and meet all three of the following outcomes:
  • Creating stronger connections between people and communities
  • Developing creative projects that have UK-wide relevance
  • Communities are involved in designing and delivering projects
The programme will make five grants, one under each project type, of between £1,500,000 and £2,000,000 for projects running over two years.
The journeys of the five organisations that receive funding from us will be filmed by Channel 4 for a new five-part series which will air in late-2012. Organisations that are thinking of applying will need to show willingness to be filmed throughout the development of their project as this is a key requirement of the programme.
(source:  Big Lottery)

Monday, 31 October 2011

Nominet Trust £250k Challenge

Launched this week, the Nominet Trust £250k Challenge is supporting digital entrepreneurs over the age of 55 who have a viable idea for an internet start-up project which tackles the social problems afflicting senior citizens, and helps older people access the internet.
The programme was launched following research showing there is an urgent need for more web-based solutions designed for older people, by older people - as senior citizens are more likely to seek support from their peers than from younger age groups.
Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 may be awarded towards projects costing up to £250,000 in total.
The money can be used to fund projects that:
  • use the internet to address specific social problems that older people encounter;
  • design new and better ways for older people to access and use the internet; and
  • develop and use technologies familiar to older people that may have internet functionality, such as projects that use IPTV or internet radio.
Anyone in the UK who is over the age of 55 with a good idea for an internet start-up which uses the web to address specific social problems facing older people may apply. The applicant may be operating as a business, charity, community interest company, working at a university or within the public sector.
The deadline for first stage applications is 1 February 2012. Those shortlisted must submit their full applications by 1 March 2012.

For more information go to:

Source:  Grantfinder

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Grimple's Green Grants Scheme Doubles Funding for New Round


Through the Grimple's Green Grants Scheme, the Green Insurance Company wishes to encourage 'green behaviour' and is looking for individuals and organisations to get involved in their community and surrounding natural environment. The company is looking for environmentally-friendly green projects across the United Kingdom that it can fund and support.
This year there is an overall budget of £40,000 available for distribution. Individual grants of up to £2,000, plus a special one off grant of up to £10,000, will be allocated to fund a variety of initiatives. Ideas include anything from creating a community garden to reducing food miles by growing vegetables or establishing a wildlife garden to encourage biodiversity back into gardens.
Those in urban areas might wish to develop a project to increase awareness of environmental issues and educate the younger generation so that they develop good habits early. The scheme could also be used to fund energy efficiency improvements in energy inefficient buildings where community meetings take place.
Individuals and non-profit organisations in the UK, undertaking projects with a clear green element are eligible to apply to this scheme.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 November 2011.
http://www.greeninsurancegiving.co.uk/

(Source:  Grantfinder)

Friday, 21 October 2011

Trading and Social Enterprise

Sustainable funding is a hot topic at the moment.  Earning an additional stream of income through trading is one method that may be suitable for your organisation.  Social Enterprise and trading is growing rapidly at the moment.  If your group is interested in trading, get in touch with PAVO.  We are setting up a ‘virtual group’ for interested organisations, so that you can be kept up to date of all the latest developments and support.  We are also working closely with Wales Co-operative Centre, to ensure Powys groups are supported.  The virtual group will also feed into a Powys network that is due to be set up in Spring 2012.
Wales Co-operative Centre will also be attending the PAVO AGM on Tuesday 1st November, and will be making a presentation at 1.40pm. 

Please contact Claire Sterry on 01597 822191 or e-mail claire.sterry@pavo.org.uk if you wish to be involved.   

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

COMMUNITY BUSINESS LOAN FUND


The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has launched the Community Business Loan Fund (CBLF) to help potential and existing social entrepreneurs who are unable to access finance through normal mainstream channels.
The £5 million Fund offers financial support for the purpose of starting or expanding a community-based business. RBS expects to support in the region of 1,000 businesses through the scheme.
Eligible businesses can apply for loans of between £30,000 and £500,000. Community Development Finance Institutions, which allocate funds to other firms, may apply for loans of between £200,000 and £1 million.
The loans can be tailored to the applicant's individual requirements and are offered on flexible terms.
Charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and community interest companies operating in the United Kingdom may apply. To be eligible for funding, the organisation must have clear social or environmental objectives and reinvest profits for a social purpose.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
Go to:  http://www.rbs.co.uk/

Friday, 14 October 2011

Ystradgynlais Outreach - 20th October 2011 - POSTPONED

The Ystradgynlais Outreach session planned for 20th October 2011, has been postponed.  A new date will be re-arranged for November 2011.  Watch this space for more details.

Calling all Independent Youth Groups - Funding Opportunity!

CYNGOR SIR POWYS COUNTY COUNCIL
Community Regeneration and Development Fund
This fund is only available to independent voluntary youth groups 
You can use this money for whatever you want BUT the application MUST be in by the 30th Oct

There’s up to £400 for revenue this could be rent, insurance, trips, staff cost etc.

or up to £500 for capital this could be equipment for the club 
                                      

Contact:
Jenni Thomas, Community Grants Officer,
Powys County Council on 01597 826000
            

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Ystradgynlais Outreach - 20th October 2011

Is your group based in the Ystradgynlais area?  We are holding an outreach session in conjunction with Communities First Ystradgynlais, on Thursday 20th October 2011.  We will be available for support around any of the following:

  • Can Do ‘Ideas into Reality’ Fund
  • Undertaking a health check of your organisation
  • Running your organisation, including trustee and governance, group structures
  • Finding funding
  • Making funding applications
  • Thinking about sustainable funding?
  • Thinking about social enterprise?
For more information or to book call PAVO on 0845 0093288.

Kellogg's Swim Active Programme


The Kellogg's Swim Active Programme offers grants to not for profit organisations to help the development of innovative projects that encourage any aquatic activity which enhances motivation, removes barriers and increases participation in swimming.
The objectives of the programme are to:
  • Enhance the motivation to swim.
  • Remove the barriers to swimming.
  • Increase the participation in swimming.
Applicants must be from a bona fide non profit making organisation, which includes:
  • Swimming clubs.
  • Schools.
  • Pool operators.
  • Community organisations.
  • Social enterprises.
Projects can be revenue based, capital based or a mix of both.
The Fund has no minimum or maximum limit, although it is not an unlimited financial resource.
It is preferred if organisations think about whether their application can include an element of partnership funding in cash or in kind. This is not essential, but is seen as a useful indication that others support the idea and are prepared to back it.
The closing date for applications is 1 December 2011.
http://www.swimming.org/

(Source: Grant-finder)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

CAN DO IDEAS INTO REALITY -

Interest in this scheme is really beginning to hot up - once the money is gone, it's gone, so take advantage of it as soon as possible.
Groups undergoing the funding health check have found it to be a useful process, and not at all daunting.  It can also be done over the phone.
So here is the information you need to know:


Up to £2000 will be available for groups supporting identified local need and activity, for small scale capital projects, that will make a big impact.

Groups wishing to apply will go through a funding health check with a PAVO Development Officer. This useful tool, enables us to ensure your group is eligible, reducing the volume of paperwork that usually accompanies an application.
Groups will be expected to find match funding of 33%, e.g:
Application to fund for £2000
Match from group £660
Total Project Costs £2660

Projects should fit one of the following criteria:
  • Creating or refurbishing facilities available to the community as a whole or adapting them to ensure equal access to disabled people as required under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Acting to improve the built or natural environment for local people
  • Improving the well-being of the community by encouraging activities and healthy life styles
  • Providing facilities or activities which reduce poverty, inequality, discrimination and social disadvantage
  • Encouraging training that targets vulnerable or excluded people
  • Stimulating community businesses and social enterprise
  • Assisting the promotion of job opportunities and increased incomes
  • Involving people of all ages and abilities in the community and addressing the needs of socially excluded groups
  • Strengthening the cultural and linguistic identity of the community
For more information:
Go to: www.pavo.org.uk
PAVO Help desk: 0845 009 3288
e-mail: info@pavo.org.uk

New trading guide launched for third sector


WCVA is pleased to announce the launch of its new trading guide for third sector groups.
Titled It's an idea, but is it a business? is essential for organisation who plan to, or already do, raise a proportion of their income through trading. It takes you through the process step-by-step, and offers guidance on business planning, governance, support and managing growth. It's indispensable for those setting out in business, or those seeking a little extra insight.

It's available free to download:

Friday, 7 October 2011

Bright New Futures - Opportunity - update

Bright New Futures

Under the Bright New Futures programme, the Big Lottery are making £12 million available for projects across Wales, working with young parents and/or young disabled people aged 14-25.

The programme will fund between £200,000 and £1 million for projects running between three and five years that seek to achieve the following outcomes:
·         Young parents and/or young disabled people are less isolated and have increased wellbeing through improved social networks and stronger relationships
·         Better services are delivered which are joined up and are tailored to meet the individual needs of young parents and/or young disabled people
·         Young parents and/or young disabled people have increased confidence and skills to successfully manage transitions and lead full and active lives
·         Learning from the programme is used to inform future policy, practice and services for young people in transition.

PAVO has registered an interest to bid with the Big Lottery.  We would like to facilitate a partnership bid with third sector organisations delivering services which support the two target groups e.g. young parents and young disabled people. This bid will be aligned to the developments within the Children & Young People’s Partnership. Please register your interest with PAVO to take part in the bid; contact the PAVO Helpdesk on 0845 009 3288 or email info@pavo.org.uk