Wednesday, 28 August 2013


BBC Children in Need are coming to Powys on FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER to hold a funding surgery.
BBC Children in Need supports stable, well-managed, and effective organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under living in the UK (groups that work with people of all ages may also apply as long as the project is focused on work with those aged 18 and under). Disadvantaged children and young people include those affected by:

  • illness, distress, abuse, or neglect;
  • any kind of disability;
  • behavioural or psychological difficulties;
  • living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

For more information on getting an appointment please contact Claire Sterry on 01597 822191.

Thursday, 22 August 2013


We are delighted to invite you for the next round of website funding, made possible by the Nominet Trust. If successful, you will provide between £14,400-72,000 funding per charity dependent on the size of the charity to revamp websites or create microsites.
Applications are accepted for funding on a rolling basis and will be accepted no later than 5.30pm on the 23rd September 2013.
To apply you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a registered charity with the charities commission and your annual income is over £1m.
  2. You are frustrated by your current website and it is causing challenges or preventing you from achieving goals.
  3. You are currently raising money from individuals as a significant income stream, or plan to be, and want to raise more online.
(Source:  Raising IT)

Monday, 19 August 2013


Do you need some funding support?  Have you got an issue around governance?  Would you like to discuss potential project ideas?  Would your organisation like a health check?

Come along at meet with PAVO Development Officers on the following dates:
·       17th September  2013                    Ystradgynlais   10 – 3pm       Communities First Office

To make an appointment please contact Communities First Ystradgynlais on 01639 845051 to book a place.

We will be working our way round Powys, so watch this space for details of further events.  We hope to see as many of you as possible.  Don’t delay, book today!

Grants available to develop grassroots sport throughout Powys

Sports and physical activity groups in Powys are being urged to take advantage of a grant worth up to £1,500 to help contribute to creating thriving clubs which will continue to create opportunities through good enterprise and innovation.  In addition clubs and organisations have the opportunity to apply for an additional £1500 to target the following key areas:

o        Better preparing clubs to cater for interest generated via 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and to prepare for demand leading up to Glasgow 2014 and beyond
o        Tackling inequality - BME, disability(inclusion), women & girls, social inclusion

Over £35,000 was awarded to local community sports clubs at last months grant meeting

The grants are available through the Sportlot Community Chest, the Sports Council for Wales National Lottery funded grant aid scheme, which is designed to make a difference to sport and physical activity locally.

With £100,000 available for this financial year, Powys County Council are urging organisations to submit applications so they don’t miss out on the grant.

The next deadline for applications is 27th August 2013.  

For further information or an application form please contact the council:
North Powys Sport Development on 01686 614060 / 
South Powys Sports Development on 01874 612335  

Completed forms to be emailed to  Alternatively application forms can be downloaded from or the Sport Wales website:

Equality and Inclusion Grant 2014-2017

The new Equality and Inclusion Grant 2014-17 is now open for applications from third sector organisations.
The Welsh Government is inviting charities and third sector groups to apply for up to £1.6 million of funding for projects that tackle inequality and discrimination and help make Wales a fairer place.
The deadline for applications is midnight Thursday 31 October 2013. The application form, guidance and information about workshops can be downloaded below.
For organisations that require further information about the application form, please contact:
(Source: Welsh Government)

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


HRH the Prince of Wales has announced new grants of £560,000 to help boost British farmers and rural communities.
The awards bring the total amount of grants awarded in the three years since the Prince launched the fund to £3.3 million. During this time more than 75 projects and 55,000 people across the UK have been supported.
The new grants will provide training to improve job prospects for unemployed rural young people, encourage economically efficient farm practices, boost farming businesses, improve low farming incomes, and halt the decline of rural communities.
The Prince's Countryside Fund has been established to support the sustainability and protection of farms and rural communities throughout the UK. Funding support over a maximum of three years is available for projects that provide significant public benefit and meet the objectives and focus of the Fund.
The objectives of the Fund are to:
§  Improve service provision in rural areas.
§  Support rural enterprise.
§  Support farming businesses.
§  Provide training opportunities for young people.
§  The Fund is currently closed but will reopen for applications in September 2013.
§  Full details can be found on the Prince's Countryside Fund website

§  Source: Prince's Countryside Fund, 30/07/2013


For the last three years the BBC Performing Arts Fund has been focusing on a different art form (dance, music, theatre). This year is the year of theatre.
The Fund is seeking local community theatre groups who are ambitious, willing to take on a challenge and looking for ways to increase their group’s confidence and motivation and to raise their profile in the local community.
Grants of between £500 and £5,000 will be offered to up to 50 groups across the UK to carry out training, attract new audiences, encourage new members and raise their profiles in their communities.
Projects should be new, open to the wider public, and take place any time between 1 December 2013 and 30 November 2014.
The Fund welcomes projects which involve new group members, perform to new audiences, bring communities together, improve community cohesion, or work with other community groups.
The grants are intended to help with the following costs:
§  Training courses for group members and the people who run the group.
§  Master classes for the group.
§  Bringing in an expert to help work on improving specific skills.
§  Help in tackling a new piece of theatre that is a stretch for the group.
§  Putting on a more ambitious performance.
§  Performing in public for the first time.
§  Working with another theatre group.
§  Working with other groups, for example a dance group.
§  A project to recruit new members.
§  Running a beginners course to attract new members.
§  Commissioning a new piece of theatre.
§  Putting on a performance in a new venue.
§  Taking the theatre out into the community.
§  Taking part in a local festival.
Eligible groups must have been in existence since 2011 with a demonstrable track record and a bank account in the group’s name.
The deadline for applications is 16 September 2013 (5pm).
Full details can be found on the BBC Performing Arts Fund website
The BBC Performing Arts Fund is a registered charity that is funded through revenue from the voting lines of BBC entertainment programmes such as the Voice, Fame Academy and Over the Rainbow.
Source: BBC PAF 


The autumn 2013 funding round of Wales Africa Community Links (WACL) Organisational Development Grants - Africa Links programme has opened to applications.
Grants of up to £2,000, £4,000 and £5,000 are available to voluntary, community-based and civil society organisations (including social enterprise and ethical trade) in Wales to develop partnership links with community-based organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The deadline for applications is 16 September 2013 (11.59pm).

(Source: Grant finder) 

Monday, 12 August 2013


An Introduction to Sustainable Funding

Thursday 5th September 2013 (Full Day)
Providing an insight into how organisations can diversity their income base to achieve financial sustainability.  Topics covered include trading, loan finance, procurement and public service delivery, asset based development, as well as giving and public fundraising.
Who is the training for: the course will benefit those in the early stages of putting into place procedures for working towards achieving financial sustainability for their organisation.
By the end of the course, participants will:
  • understand the concept of sustainable funding;
  • appreciate the skill s and approaches required to adopt an entrepreneurial culture;
  • understand the importance of having a mix of income streams;
  • learn how to explore and extend their funding and financing options
To book click here

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Powys Youth Theatre Development Scheme 2013/14 - OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

The Powys Youth Theatre Development Scheme 2013/14 is now open for applications from groups delivering or planning Youth Theatre activity in Powys during 2013/14.
If you are interested in applying to the scheme or wish to discuss whether your project is eligible, please contact Lucy Bevan Senior Arts Officer, Powys County Council, to request an application form by emailing or telephoning 01597 824444.

Please note the deadline for application submissions is 16 September 2013.

Click here for guidelines 

Carers Trust - Small grants available from early September!

£2,500 Small Grants Available from early September 2013!

After two successful funding rounds, Carers Trust are delighted to announce that we will be launching the third round of our small grants programme, Young Carers Can… early in September 2013.

Grants of up to £2,500 will be awarded to provide fun, social and structured activities that will tackle social exclusion and improve the self-esteem of young carers. 

This programme is open to applications from Third Sector/not for profit organisations that wish to provide support activities for young carers across the UK from January 2014 until April 2014.

If you would like to receive an email when Young Carers Can… is launched, please send us an email.

The Grants Team
Carers Trust

Tai Clwyd Community Development Grant

What is the Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd Community Development Grant?

This is a grant scheme for groups working in CTC's operational area of up to £500 aimed at local communities. It is available to voluntary and community groups or to a group of residents who would like to get together to make a difference in the area they live. It is not essential to be a constituted group.
How can we help your organisation and community?
We can fund projects that achieve on or more of the following
  • Improving the area the group lives in
  • Organise an event to get the community together
  • Getting young people involved
  • Play and recreation opportunities for children and young people
  • Involving the whole community
  • Improving the environment
  • Making people feel safer and more secure
  • Creating spaces for wildlife
  • Improving the wellbeing of the community by encourageing active and healthy life styles
  • Involving people of all ages and abilities in the community
There is no closing date for this grant and members of he Grants Committee will meet at least three times a year to discuss each application individually. You will be told if you are successful or not within 12 weeks of returning your application form. You will not be able to apply for more than 1 grant each financial year.
Who cannot apply?
We cannot award grants to:
  • Companies which aim to profit
  • Religious groups or religious activities
  • Schools - Mainstream activities that are funded elsewhere
  • Individuals
Simply fill in the grant application form and return it to the address below.
Community Development Team, Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd, Unit 8 Gweithdai Penllyn, Aran Street, BALA, Gwynedd LL23 7SP.
To check whether your group or idea is eligable please feel free to call a member of the Community Development Team who can advise you on your application. Call Mair, Ffion or Buddug on 0345 230 3140.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013



This newly formed Alliance has been formed in order to:
1. Provide a voice / lobbying function
2. Demonstrate the worth of Social Enterprise in Powys
3. Provide networking, information sharing / exchange
4. Promote trading opportunities for and between social enterprises 
5. Provide Signposting
6. Promote and support business sustainability

Quarterly meetings are held at a different host Social Enterprise, with them holding the post of Chair.  PAVO provides co-ordination support to the Alliance.  The first meeting held in March, was productive, with members present already identifying how they can support each other.  You can also follow MWSEA on Facebook between meetings: MidWalesSocialEnterpriseAlliance.

If you wish to join the Alliance, please contact Claire Sterry on 01597 822191. 

People's Postcode - Dream Fund

Funding is available for organisations in Scotland, England and Wales to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life.
Organisations are encouraged to collaborate to provide a more efficient service. All applications must, therefore, come from at least two organisations that have joined forces. One of these organisations must be a registered charity, who will be considered the lead organisation for the project. The other organisations can be another charity, a voluntary group, a community interest company or a social enterprise.
Organisations can apply for grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 to deliver an innovative, creative and original project that will last up to 24 months. Projects must meet one of the following funding criteria:
  • Encouraging Healthy Living - promoting positive outcomes in people’s health, fitness and wellbeing by encouraging people to be more healthy and active in their daily lives. The Trust is looking for visionary projects that offer long-lasting and innovative solutions to the advancement of health and wellbeing amongst local communities. Applications which focus on involving children and young people in healthy living are particularly welcome.
  • Social Enterprise - the winning project will seek to address social and environmental challenges in innovative and sustainable ways and will provide a compelling long-term vision beyond the original duration of funding. The Trust is especially interested in projects that provide greater life opportunities for people.
  • Environmental Sustainability - the winning project will involve, engage and inspire local communities to live in a more environmentally sustainable fashion. Applications from projects that seek to reduce carbon emissions and that can be used as a template for others to follow are especially welcome.
The deadline for applications is 20 September 2013.
(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)

Something a bit different

The Edge Fund is a grant making body with a difference.  Rather than using traditional methods of application assessment, those who apply are invited to be involved in the decision making process.

Follow the link to see what happened at the latest assessment round, it's fascinating stuff, and have a look at the groups they supported - a really eclectic mix of projects.  

Monday, 5 August 2013


BBC Children in Need now has a Small Grant Programme for applications of up to £10,000 for 1 year, and are keen to promote this funding to organisations in Wales.   A Small Grant could be a way of kick-starting your work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 and under.  We have 5 deadlines a year, and you will hear the outcome of your application within 8/9 weeks.  Deadlines are 01 September, 01 December, 01 February, 01 April and 01 June.  Our Main Grant Programmes is still available for applications of over £10,000 for up to 3 years.  To access applications to either of our grant schemes go to our Grants page on or call James or Andrea on 029 2032 2383 to discuss your idea.  We look forward to hearing from you.