Wales Council for Volunteering Action flagship volunteering support grant scheme , the Volunteering in Wales fund ,which aims to help the third sector to recruit new volunteers from under represented groups has been awarded additional funding for 2012/13. The grant sum now available has been increased to £1million and the fund is now open for applications .
The fund offers support of up to £25,000 towards the costs of recruiting, training and supporting new volunteers. The volunteers are drawn from under represented groups such as the disabled, 50 years plus, unemployed /economically inactive, BEM members or those aged 16-25 years. The scheme is particularly interested in supporting organisations whose volunteering activities are not popular or based in areas where volunteering opportunities are limited. Inevitably demand for support under the scheme is always high and regrettably a high number of applicants are not successful.
In 2012/13 total funds available for Volunteering in Wales’s grants and administration is £1,000,000 - the highest ever awarded .
Applications are now invited for the 2012/13 grant round. For a third sector organisation to register its interest in the Volunteering in Wales grant scheme on 0800 2888 329 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.An application packs are now available. Close date for completed applications is 23 March 2012.