Thursday, 31 March 2011


Communities in Wales’ most disadvantaged areas have been given a boost with the news that funding for the Communities First Trust Fund will continue for a further year.

Community groups can apply for up to £5,000 and there is no minimum amount. Application forms and guidelines will include more detail and will be available at shortly.

There are likely to be administrative changes to the Trust Fund this year. For further information contact the Communities First Helpline on 0800 578 8898.

(Source: WCVA)

Where do your donations go?

I came across an interesting article yesterday, written by the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB). They commissioned a survey that asks donors what their concerns were about charity fundraising. The overwhelming response from those asked, was that they were concerned how their donations were spent.

It made me think that no matter what size the fundraising group involved is, or the amount raised is, it is still important to explain where the money goes, and how it makes a difference. How the message is relayed is really important, as a relationship between the fundraising group and the donor needs to be built on trust. One only has to look at Red Nose Day to see how effective this relationship can be in bringing forth donations. The same principle applies to small, grass roots community groups. The recent Community Renewal Grant Scheme administered by PAVO, showed communities and donors in a very visible way how their donations had helped.

To access the FRSB report go to:



Ever wonder what funders are looking for?

Come and step into the mind of the funder, to learn and share the pitfalls and successes of funding applications.

There will be a session to look at your own funding applications, if you wish to bring them along.


Wednesday 4th May 2011

Rock Park Conference Centre, Llandrindod Wells

£25 PAVO member

£40 PAVO non members

£60 statutory agencies

(to include refreshments, lunch and course materials)

For more information please contact: Ruth Middleton on 01597 822191

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Celebration marks launch of booklet

Friday 25th March, saw the launch of the Community Renewal Grant Scheme "A Celebration of Success" Booklet. The booklet has used the scheme as an example to show how PAVO's development team works with groups to act as a catalyst, so that the groups can grow and achieve their goals.

The afternoon also provided an opportunity to congratulate the funded groups on all they had achieved under the scheme, and provided a chance to show off the difference they have made. One group member had even returned from Walsall, just to say thank you. It was lovely to see some of the groups again, and chat with them over tea and cakes. They are still working hard, and looking at other associated projects. It was great to see that they are still feeling passionate about what they want to achieve, and I'm really privileged to have been part of that journey.

Friday, 25 March 2011


The Clore Duffield Foundation has launched a new funding programme worth £1 million over the next five years, 2011 to 2015.

The scheme follows on from the previous small grants programme, the Clore Performing Arts Awards (which closed in 2010) and aims to support organisations and schools across the UK in trying out new ways to engage children and young people, under the age of 19, in poetry, literature and creative writing.

Individual awards will range from £1,000 to £10,000.

Applications are welcome from:

  • Schools and colleges.
  • Professional literature, poetry and creative writing organisations, and libraries.
  • Other arts/cultural organisations (eg museums, galleries etc).
  • Established community groups.
  • Not-for-profit organisations.

The deadline for submissions to Round One is 5pm on Friday 20 May 2011.

For more information go to:

Tel: 020 7351 6061


(Source: Grantfinder)