Friday, 30 November 2012

Awards for All Lottery Success for Powys Groups

5 groups from across Powys have been awarded £17654 between them through the Big Lottery Awards for All scheme.  Congratulations to them all.

Gareth Williams, Awards for All Programme Manager for BIG in Wales, said: “Awards for All is having a positive impact throughout Wales. Money is helping to establish groups, societies and clubs, promoting learning, increasing volunteering opportunities and helping to build stronger communities.”
Available in English and Welsh, application forms are available to download from or by phone on 0845 4 10 20 30.
Have you been ever applied to Awards for All?  Were you successful?  We'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


(Source:  WCVA)


Can Do Ideas into Reality is once again open. Up to £2000 per group is available for projects supporting identified local need and activity, for small scale capital projects, that will make a big impact.  Groups will also be expected to find match funding of 33%.  Funding must be spent by 1st March 2013 – please bear this in mind when thinking about applying to the fund
Groups applying will go through a health check with a Development Officer, after which application documents will be given.
The deadline for applications to the scheme is: FRIDAY 11TH JANUARY 2013. 
Don’t delay, call today on 0845 0093288 or e-mail:
Examples of projects supported so far include: play equipment, cafĂ© equipment, flooring, garden projects, and projects to help comply with Disability Discrimination Act legislation 

Fundraising Events

This is an interesting article about organisation an event for fundraising.

Have you got experience of organising a fundraising event such as a promise auction or a gala dinner??
Have you got any tips you'd like to share?  We'd love to hear from you.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Small charities lead the way when it comes to online donations

Interesting article about online donations - does your organisation use this method?

(Source: Guardian Voluntary Sector Network)

Healthy Hearts Grants

HRUK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities. 

Closing date for application in Wales is 30th November 2012.

For more details go to:

(source j4b community)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Heritage Lottery News

As part of a new strategic framework, Heritage Lottery Fund has recently launched revised guidance and applications materials for key programmes:  Heritage Grants, Parks for People and Skills for the Future.

Please follow the links below to the new programme information:-

Please note that they welcome the opportunity to provide advice on project proposals prior to a full application.  Project enquiry forms can be submitted through the relevant programme page, via the website. 

Further information on changes to all other programmes will be made available over the next few months and a series of briefing sessions inWales will be held in the Spring. 

 (Source: Heritage Lottery Fund)


If you have a project or short term piece of work which you would like completed if only you had the time or the available skilled resource, the Explore Internship Programme may be able to help you.

The WCVA Explore Internship Programme works with organisations to offer short term structured placements to volunteers with specialist knowledge or skills such as  Marketing, Media, Design,  IT, Sales, Business planning. Interns can be of all ages and come from all walks of life, the only criteria being they have the requested knowledge or skills. They may be seeking a career change and would like to test their skills in an alternative environment or just want to gain some valuable work experience.  At the moment the majority of our Interns are graduates and under graduates.
The feedback from Internships so far has been positive, highlighting the benefits as ‘Innovative ideas, new insights, hard working, reliable, competent  and enthusiastic interns’  The legacy of the intern is not only  the project they  deliver, but also the skills and knowledge they pass onto your permanent staff and other volunteers.

The possibilities are endless, driven by whatever is sitting on your ‘wish list’ and the creativity of your organisation. 

The placements are generally 1-3 days per week for 2-3 months, intended to run alongside job seeking or studies and provide something relevant which will complement existing knowledge and skills on the CV. The only direct cost to your organisation is the cost of travel expenses
If you would like to know more please contact Catherine Stephens-Ward, Internship Programme Co-ordinator. 02920 436594

(Source: WCVA)

Powys Environmental Partnership - Small Grant Scheme

The Small Grant Scheme is available for any innovative scheme within Powys that will benefit the environment and communities of Powys and contribute to the environmental priorities of the One Powys Plan.  The grant will not fund advertising and dire f marketing costs or work that should have been part of regular maintenance.

The maximum size of grants is £750.  All grants must be matched pound for  pound either through the group's own funds or by unpaid volunteer time and the project, must be completed by 31st March 2013.

Contact: Heather Delonnette at  or phone 01597 826165.

(Source: Funds 4 U!)

Wales4Africa Health Links Grant Scheme

The Welsh Government has launched a new round of the Wales4Africa Health Links Grant Scheme. The scheme supports projects that make links with healthcare systems and medical education and training in sub-Saharan Africa.
The scheme forms part of Wales's contribution, as stated in the One Wales document, to contribute to delivery of the UN Millennium Development Goals to halve global poverty by 2015.
As well as benefitting African countries, this grant scheme also benefits Wales through supporting the professional development of NHS and other healthcare sector workers in Wales, giving them unique and challenging opportunities to develop their skills and experience.  
Applications for funding should be between £2,000 and £15,000, but all funding applications will be considered. Projects must be primarily non-capital (ie not building work or equipment).
The work is spread across some of the poorest countries in the world; including Ethiopia, Mali, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Liberia, Chad and Gambia, and currently-funded projects include areas of paediatric, antenatal, emergency, obstetric, neonatal and anaesthetic medicine.
Any organisation in the healthcare field in Wales, public or voluntary, can apply to access the grants if they have a project that they feel can contribute to the Millennium Development Goals and provide benefits to Wales, such as the skill development of Welsh health professionals.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 23 January 2013.
(Source: Grant finder)