Thursday, 28 November 2013


The Big Lottery Fund has today launched its latest effort to deliver a lasting social and community legacy from last year’s Olympic Games.
The £40m Spirit of 2012 Trust, an independent organisation with an endowment of £40m, was unveiled at a reception at the House of Lords this morning, hosted by Baroness Sue Campbell and attended by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, both of whom are also on the trustee board.

National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) 2014 Grant Scheme for Wales

The National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) 2014 Grant Scheme for Wales is open to applications from organisations and schools in Wales that require support to stage NSEW inspired events and activities.
Grants of £200 are available to schools and up to £350 is available to organisations. Priority will be given to:
  • Events that target new and traditionally under-represented audiences, for example in socially disadvantaged or rural communities.
  • Events that engage STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) professionals with young people to encourage a progression into STEM careers.
  • Events in schools that include parents and the wider community as an audience.
  • Events that would not otherwise take place due to lack of funding.
  • Organisations that have not previously been involved in running STEM events and activities.
  • Events that have great potential for raising the profile of NSEW locally and/or have broad media appeal.
  • Schools that are not funded by the separate BIS grant for schools in challenging circumstances.
NSEW runs from 14-23 March 2014.
The closing date for applications is 9 December 2013.

Wales Economic Growth Fund 2

The Welsh Government has opened the second 2013 phase of its Wales Economic Growth Fund – a £30 million economic stimulus designed to help private and social enterprises through the prevailing economic downturn.
The initiative is a short-term, fast-track fund for Welsh businesses and social enterprises, providing immediate access to non-repayable capital funding for investments that will create and retain employment opportunities, growth and wealth.
Funding allocations for 2013 are delivered two phases. Phase 1, which has now completed, provided grants of between £50,000 and £100,000 for smaller enterprises. The current phase, Phase 2, is providing grants of £100,000 and over for those enterprises requiring larger investments.
Eligible expenditure can include new investment in capital assets (machinery, computer equipment, buildings etc). Intellectual property bought from a third party, professional fees and other one off costs related to the investment may also be eligible. Additionally, revenue costs associated with the capital investment can be funded.
Wales-based organisations operating within the private and non-profit social enterprise sectors that have projects planned to improve productivity and create and maintain jobs may be eligible for support.
Expressions of Interest for Phase Two are now being invited with a deadline for submissions of 16 December 2013.
(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)

Wales in Edinburgh Grant Scheme

The Wales in Edinburgh funding scheme provides support for Wales-based performing arts companies to produce and present their work at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival. For Wales’ performing arts companies it represents an opportunity to present their work internationally.
The Festival is attended by audiences, programmers, promoters and producers from across the UK and the world. The Arts Council of Wales believes that its performing arts companies should be given the chance to shine in such a global context. From an artistic perspective, the Festival allows us to show some of Wales’ best work to the world.
Grants of up to £12,000 are available. Grants will cover up to 75% of total eligible project cost; therefore the applicant must contribute at least 25% of the necessary costs from alternative sources
The Arts Council of Wales envisages making approximately ten grant awards.
Performing arts companies that are based in Wales are eligible to apply.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 10 January 2014.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

PAVO Tackling Poverty Conference Report available

The Annual Conference of Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations was held on Tuesday November 5th 2013 in Llanelwedd.
Its purpose was to highlight the issue of increasing poverty in Wales’ most rural county and the ways in which third sector organisations are helping to support the growing number of individuals and households who find it difficult and sometimes impossible, to make ends meet.

The conference included two addresses given by Professor David Egan, chair of the Welsh Government’s advisory panel on tackling poverty and County Councillor Melanie Davies, Powys County Council’s tackling poverty champion.

The PAVO Annual Conference Report, Tackling Poverty in Powys. A Third Sector Perspective can be viewed here.

Oakdale Trust website now available

The Oakdale Trust now has a website where application forms and information can be found.

The Oakdale Trust is a grant making foundation that provides support for charities and voluntary bodies working in Wales on social and community projects, medical self help groups and penal reform

Funding Strategy Training Postponed

The Preparing a Sustainable Fundraising Strategy scheduled for 28 November 2013 has been postponed.

We are looking to re-schedule, and the date will be advertised, as soon as it is available. 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Business Wales Tendering - Collaborative Working for SMEs

Business Wales Tendering - Collaborative Working for SMEs
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 - 10.30am - 2.30pm
Plas Dolerw, Milford Road, Newtown, Powys SY16 2EH

This collaborative working event will be jointly facilitated by the Wales Co-operative Centre and the Business Wales tendering advice team.

The event will focus on the necessary requirements and challenges of bidding for work collaboratively, and gaining an appreciation of how to overcome these challenges effectively.

If you wish to attend the event you can register by following the link below:
Please note booking a place is essential, as places are limited.

The Wales Co-operative Centre provides advice to businesses on suitable business models, organisational and legal structures; advice and support with governance issues; business and financial planning advice and support; finding finance and helping to access grant funding where appropriate; support with HR issues; training and mentoring; and support with developing important equalities strategies and environmental management systems.

Business Wales is the Welsh Government’s business support mechanism.  It is a dedicated service that provides businesses, social enterprises and charities with information, guidance and support directly, and from the private, public and third sector.  The service can be accessed by phone, online and through a network of eleven one stop shops located around Wales. 

For more information visit the website or contact the Welsh Government helpdesk on 03000 6 03000

Monday, 18 November 2013


Preparing a Sustainable Fundraising Strategy

28 November 2013 (full day) 

By the end of the course, participants will:
  • · understand what a sustainable funding strategy is and why they need one
  • · learn how to explore and extend their fundraising options
  • · be able to construct a realistic and sustainable fundraising strategy
To book click here

Skype Session 21-11-2013

Would you like to attend one of our outreach sessions, but find it hard to attend? PAVO is introducing regular Skype sessions, where you can take the opportunity to chat with a Development Officer about your queries.
The first session will take place on: 21 November 2013 - 11.00am - 2.00pm 
The Skype name to contact us upon is: pavo.development 

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


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 £74,000 has been awarded to local community sports clubs so far this financial year.

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 just over £25,000 still 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 7th January 2014.  For further information or an application form please contact the Council’s North Powys Sport Development on 01686 614060 / / South Powys Sports Development on 01874  Completed forms to be emailed  Alternatively application forms can be downloaded from or the Sport Wales

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Rethinking Parks

The programme has been launched by Nesta, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.
Voluntary and community sector organisations and public sector organisations from across the UK may apply for grants of between £50,001 and £100,000 as well as nonfinancial support to carry out their innovative ideas to make the UK's public parks financially sustainable.
The grants programme will help park managers and those responsible for park funding and maintenance to test new options for generating income and managing their park. Grants can be used to fund new staff, external consultancy and advice, training for staff and volunteers, publicity and marketing, equipment and limited capital works.
Nesta has published a report, Rethinking Parks: Exploring New Business Models for Parks in the 21st Century, to coincide with the launch of the programme.
The report looks at existing ideas and innovations for managing parks across the programme’s four themes:
  • To support changes in park management and maintenance systems.
  • To encourage new organisational partnerships.
  • To identify more diverse sources of funding and resources.
  • To explore new uses and activities within parks.
There is a two stage application process.
The first stage is a series of free workshops and training sessions, which organisations are strongly encouraged to attend. The free workshops will be held in January 2014 to provide information about how to submit an Expression of Interest for funding.
The workshops are currently scheduled for:
  • London - 14 January.
  • Edinburgh - 23 January.
  • Cardiff - 28 January.
  • Belfast - 30 January.
Those who cannot attend these workshops may attend an online workshop on either 16 January or 21 January.
Shortlisted organisations from Stage 1 will be invited to attend a practical innovation workshop in March 2014. Expressions of Interest will be reviewed and shortlisted organisations invited to submit a proposal.
Organisations interested in attending the January workshops should register their interest on the Nesta website
The second stage will see shortlisted organisations submitting their full proposals in April 2014. Grant recipients will have 18 months (from July 2014 to December 2015) to implement their innovations.
(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)