Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The North Face - Explore Fund

Through the North Face - Explore Fund, grants are available across Europe to not-for-profit organisations for projects that encourage youth outdoor participation and reconnect children with nature, to inspire and enable the next generation of explorers and conservationists.
Financial support of up to €2,500 is available.
Eligible projects will:
  • Encourage community involvement.
  • Focus on breaking down barriers to getting young people outdoors.
  • Seek a specific audience and reach out to a specific community or place of interest.
The deadline for applications is 2 July 2012.

(Source:  Grantfinder)

Sustainable Development Challenge Fund (Green Dragon's Den at Hay Festival)

The Sustainable Development Challenge Fund (Green Dragons Den at the Hay Festival) is intended to encourage organisations in Wales to undertake projects that demonstrate "leadership, innovation and more than a little flair".
The sponsor is looking for projects that demonstrate one or more of the following elements:
  • Introduce and prove new concepts that increase sustainability action.
  • Link projects, organisations and solutions in more effective ways.
  • Make inspired use of seed funding.
Funded projects should fall under one of the following categories:
  • The Power of Youth – Under 25s.
  • Innovation for Sustainability.
  • Sustainable Work & Travel.
  • Sustainable Community Futures.
Finalists in each category will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts and an invited audience, with each category winner receiving a £10,000 prize to carry out their projects.
Any organisation in Wales (businesses, community groups and social enterprises) may submit ideas for a project, which should be a new and innovative approach to sustainable development.

The deadline for applications is 8 May 2012.

(source:  Grantfinder)


Expressions of Interest are sought from Third Sector Organisations (which includes social enterprises) to take over the operation of Machynlleth Day Care Centre from 1st July 2012 to 31st March 2014. 
The Centre is currently run by the British Red Cross. This arrangement will cease on 30th June 2012. 
The Centre is open 5 days per week Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm and offers day care services on 4 days per week, and a bathing service on 1 day and provides services to enable individuals to maintain their independence within the local community. Details of the required service are contained in the service specification. TUPE will apply to existing day care centre staff. 

We are looking for a Provider who can demonstrate:

·         Sufficient leadership skills and expertise to ensure a seamless transfer of the service
·         Record of operational, organisational and staff management
·         Financial viability and robust financial management
·         Evidence of providing person centred services
·         Evidence of achieving good outcomes for service users and carers

Interested organisations should submit their expressions of interest to:

Michele Muireasgha
Pennaeth Datblygiad y Trydydd Sector
Head of Third Sector Development
Plas Dolerw
Milford Road / Heol Milford
Newtown / Y Drenewydd
SY16 2EH
TEL/Ffon 01686 626220
Fax / Ffacs 01686 621537 

at PAVO by 5pm on Tuesday 8th May 2012. 

If Michele is unavailable please contact Hannah Lake on 01686 626220.

Monday, 23 April 2012


The Funder's Fayre scheduled for Friday 27th April 2012, in Newtown has been postponed.

We are looking to re-arrange this for sometime in June.

Watch this space, and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

GwirVol Grants 2012-13

GwirVol is pleased to announce the launch of the 2012-2013 round 1 youth volunteering grants. The aim of the GwirVol Youth Volunteering Grants scheme is to support the delivery of a wide range of new volunteering opportunities in Wales and overseas that will support the step change in access to volunteering for young people aged 14-25 and especially for disadvantaged young people. You can get more information and download the application forms and guidance at http://www.gwirvol.org/en/grants/

The deadline for applications is 2pm Wednesday 13 June 2012. 

Monday, 16 April 2012


Funding your future: New European programmes and loan finance

Almost £100m of European Structural Funds was accessed by the third sector during the current round of European funding. But what will the 2014-2020 programmes look like? How can we influence the design of the new programmes, and what funding oppportunites are they likely to present?
This event will inform delegates about the developments that are taking place within the design of the new European programmes and will be of interest to any organisation planning their funding future. The event will also offer an opportunity to learn how loan finance, through WCVA's Communities Investment Fund, can support third sector enterprise in Wales.

The Pavilion, Llandrindod Wells
09.00 - 15.30

Powys Funder's Fayre - 27th April 2012

POWYS FUNDER’S FAYRE - FRIDAY 27TH APRIL 2012  - 10.00 am – 2pm
NEWTOWN RUGBY CLUB, Recreation Ground, Pool Road, Newtown.  (Opposite Morrison’s)

Would you like to meet with potential funders face to face?  Come along to the Funder’s Fayre.  PAVO Development Staff will also be available to answer any queries you may have. 
Funders confirming their attendance include Children in Need, Big Lottery, Ashley Family Foundation, Environment Wales, and Powys County Council, including the Community Chest Scheme for sports groups.

The event will be held on a drop in basis, so please bear in mind that you may have to wait to see the funder you wish to speak too. 

Please note that lunch will not be provided, but tea and coffee will be available.

To notify us that you will be attending please phone the PAVO Helpdesk on:  0845 009 3288

Bringing business values to community action

Here's an interesting article:


(Source:  Guardian Voluntary Sector Network)

What do you think?

New Energyshare Round Announced

The second round of grants through the Energyshare Fund are available to give community groups in Britain the opportunity to save energy and get involved in sourcing, using and generating their own renewable energy.
Projects should save or generate energy locally, have the support of the local community and benefit the community with a tangible and lasting impact.
There are two levels of grant available:
  • Three grants of £2,500 are available. No match funding is required for these grants.
  • Five match funding grants of £5,000 are available to groups which are the first to raise £5,000 from alternative sources.
Match funding grants are available to the first five groups which raise the target value of £5,000. The competition will close once these five match funding grants have been awarded.
Groups applying for match funding are required to register their community projects on http://www.peoplefund.it/ free of charge, and build up pledges from supporters to reach the £5,000 target.
An application form for the small grants is available to complete online on the Energyshare website.
The deadline for small grants of £2,500 is 10 May 2012.

(Source:  Grantfinder)

All Our Stories Heritage Lottery Fund Open

The Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a new £1 million grants programme called "All Our Stories" to support local projects across the UK that want to explore their local heritage.
A wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations (including charities, community groups, and heritage organisations) throughout the UK can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000.
Funding will support activities which encourage exploring and learning about local heritage. Groups should be willing to share what they have learned with their community by doing things like holding a community event, performance, exhibition or producing a leaflet or designing a smart phone app or website, etc.
Activities that will be supported are:
  • Visits to places like historic buildings, landscapes, parks, burial grounds, museums, archaeological sites or industrial heritage sites like railways.
  • Using collections like archives, libraries and museums, including collections held by people in the community.
  • Talking to people who know about heritage or holding workshops, talks and sessions exploring people's memories.
  • Recording things like people’s memories or local wildlife; scanning old photographs and documents; archaeological digs or surveying historic buildings.
Groups will be able to work with researchers from 21 universities and other educational organisations across the UK who will be available to support projects from the beginning of the application process as well as the research itself.
All Our Stories has been developed in support of the BBC's The Great British Story - A People's History, which is a new series to be broadcast on BBC Two. All Our Stories will also feature in five BBC Learning events at flagship heritage locations, which will be run in tandem with the TV series, to get people involved with their local heritage.
The deadline for applications is 31 July 2012 with a notification of decisions in October 2012.
(Source:  Grant finder)

Cable and Wireless Foundation 2012 round open

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for communication solutions and services to support people with special needs. The Foundation is looking to partner and build relationships with organisations that support, research, develop or implement the appropriate specialist communication requirements for those with special needs.
The term special needs applies to people with physical, mental, behavioural and/or learning problems, and also the circumstances that create an exceptional situation requiring individualised educational programmes, physical accessibility or care requirements.
Grants are available up to £10,000 to support communication solutions and services available to people with special needs with the aim of enhancing their lives by providing accessible means of communicating.
Application forms are available to download from the Foundation's website and completed forms should be returned by email.
The deadline for applications is 25 June 2012.

(Source: Grantfinder) 

Wednesday, 11 April 2012


Comic Relief can give grants for running costs and capital costs under the following programmes.
  • Mental health - to promote the rights and support the recovery of people who have mental health problems, to help them feel more included in society, and to reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.
  • Sport for change - to understand more about how sport can play a part in delivering positive change within the lives of individuals and communities and how it can be used to tackle identified social issues as part of a broader programme to achieve a measurable social change.
  • Older People’s Programme ‘Managing Money Better’ - to help older people (65+) to build their knowledge and skills to manage their money more effectively, ensure access to good, independent financial advice, guard against financial scams and abuse and cope better with cold homes.
  • Refugee and asylum seeking women - to provide support for refugee and asylum seeking women who have experienced rape, torture and other forms of violence in their home countries. Comic Relief are especially keen to make sure that women get the help they need in making their claims for asylum, and also get access to emotional and practical services they need to help rebuild their lives.
  • Young People aged 11-25 years: 
    • Young people and mental health - to support services and approaches that help young people experiencing mental health problems make positive changes in their lives.
    • Sexually exploited and trafficked young people - to reduce harm to young people who have been sexually exploited or trafficked.
    • Domestic and sexual abuse: young people - to support young survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, including young people who have grown up in homes where they have witnessed violence and harm, and young people directly affected by abuse caused by a family member, by an outsider such as a stranger or family friend, or as a result of their own dating experiences.
    • Young people and alcohol - to fund work for young people who are misusing alcohol or drinking excessively, including services that aim to reduce the levels of young people’s drinking, create greater awareness of the dangers of harmful drinking and provide direct support to them
Grants of between £25,000 and £40,000 are available for between one and three years. Under the Sport for Change Programme, grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available. Under the Older People’s Programme ‘Managing Money Better’ grants of over £10,000 are available.
Applications are accepted from the voluntary and community sector throughout the UK including, constituted voluntary and community groups, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives, faith organisations and Community interest companies.
The 2012 deadline for Sport for Change and Older People’s Programme ‘Managing Money Better’ is 8 June 2012 (12pm).
The 2012 deadline for the other UK Programmes (Young people and mental health, Sexually exploited and trafficked young people, Domestic and sexual abuse, Young people and alcohol, Mental health, Refugee and asylum-seeking women) is 29 June 2012 (12pm).

Wednesday, 4 April 2012


Big Lottery Fund has announced a new round of Village SOS funding totalling £4million to support rural community enterprises across the UK.

More information and full application details will be made available on Tuesday 10 April.

Go to:  http://www.villagesos.org.uk/competition

(Source:  Big Lottery)

Welsh Government - Communities Facilities and Activities Programme

The Welsh Government has recently awarded more than £5.7 million of funding from its Community Facilities and Activities Programme to 29 projects across Wales.
The funding will support voluntary and community groups that want to create new community facilities and services in their local communities and help promote the regeneration of communities.
The awards ranged from a minimum grant of £17,000 to the Holy Trinity Church in Wales, Caerphilly to a maximum grant of £300,000 to the West Wales Development Trust, Carmarthenshire.
Since the Community Facilities and Activities Programme opened a decade ago, it has awarded more than £92.3 million to 831 projects.
Welsh community groups that want to apply for this funding have until 31 July 2012 to submit an application form.
(Source:  Grantfinder)

Theatres Protection Fund

Hot off the press this morning:

Andrew Lloyd Webber's charitable foundation will donate £125,000 which will help support refurbishment projects at local theatres.
The money is being given to the Theatres Trust to help launch its Theatres Protection Fund.
(source BBC)
Go to:

Monday, 2 April 2012

Powys Environmental Partnership Small Grant 2012

The first round of this year's Powys Environmental Partnership Small Grants is now open. Closing date for applications is Friday 11th May 2012.

For more information contact: 

Heather Delonnette
Cydlynydd Datblygiad Cynaladwy / 
Sustainable Development Co-ordinator
Cyngor Sir Powys County Council
Tel: 01597 826165