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

Friday, 18 November 2011

Tuesday, 15 November 2011


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


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?:


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:


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)