Monday, 31 March 2014


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:

APRIL 2014
Friday 4th April 2014       Llandrindod Wells                                10am – 3pm
Venue:                            PAVO Offices, Ddole Road Enterprise Park, Llandrindod Wells

Tuesday 15th April 2014             Newtown                                       10am – 3pm

Venue:                                      Plas Dolerw, Milford Road, Newtown

Thursday, 13 March 2014

TRAINING - Planning and Writing Successful Funding Bids (intermediate)

TRAINING - Planning and Writing Successful Funding Bids (intermediate)

To be held at PAVO Offices, Llandrindod Wells

Wednesday 9 April 2014 (full day)
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand the current funding climate in Wales and its impact on funders
  • review their current approach of developing a bid
  • apply new tools and techniques to give their bids a winning 'edge'
  • understand and meet the expectations of funders
To book click here

The Prince's Countryside Fund open for applications

The Prince’s Countryside Fund opened this week to applications from organisations and charities that are helping rural communities across the UK.
After a winter of exceptionally wet weather which has had a devastating impact on the country’s rural communities, the Prince’s Countryside Fund is particularly interested in helping regions affected by the recent flooding.
For the March-April 2014 round, additional funds will be available to help these areas. The Fund is actively seeking applications from organisations that are supporting victims of flooding or working on projects focused on recovery and resilience in rural areas, particularly Somerset.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund Director Dawn Howard said:
“This year, we have additional funds to help regions affected by the recent and severe flooding. We are actively seeking applications from organisations that are supporting victims of flooding or working on projects focused on recovery and resilience in rural areas, particularly Somerset. One of the most devastating consequences of flooding is the length of time it takes to recover and we’re looking to help farms and businesses cope with the long term consequences.”
The total amount of funding available in this round of funding is up to £750,000. The maximum level of funding for individual projects is £50,000. There is no minimum. The Fund can pay for a portion or the entirety of the costs of a project. 
Projects for this spring round should address at least one of the following four issues:
§  Rural isolation.
§  Decline of rural communities.
§  Low farming incomes.
§  Lack of access to training.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is looking to fund projects that will have a lasting positive impact on rural communities.
Applications that address the following issues will be considered:
§  Improving service provision in rural areas.
§  Supporting rural enterprise.
§  Supporting farming businesses.
§  Providing training opportunities for young people.
Applications related to recovery and resilience as a result of flooding will need to address the issues listed above.
Dawn Howard said:
“We’re looking for innovative ideas of how to assist the recovery and nurture the resilience of rural communities.”
The deadline for applications is 10 April 2014.
Full details and an online application form can be found on the Prince's Countryside Fund website
Source: j4b funding

The People’s Millions 2014 Invite UK Entries

The competition opens today for entries from voluntary and community groups, local authorities, schools, statutory health bodies and branches of organisations or partnerships.

Running since 2005, the People’s Millions is an annual TV competition run by the Big Lottery Fund and ITV News which awards Lottery funding to community projects that improve the lives of local people.
Anything from youth and environmental projects to schemes that improve employment prospects or help people in need have a chance to win, provided that entrants can convince their community through a broadcast on ITV regional news in November that their idea is worthy of the prize.
In 2014, there are four awards of up to £50,000 on offer in each of the 19 ITV regional news areas across the UK. Applications can be made for any amount from £20,000 to £50,000 as long as it is at least half of the total cost of the proposed project which must cost between £20,000 and £100,000 including any VAT that cannot be recovered.
Peter Ainsworth, Chair of Big Lottery Fund said:
“The People’s Millions has had such a positive impact on the lives of so many people across the UK. This year we are looking for ideas and projects which are new, inspired and have the ability to make lives better. I urge anyone who has a great idea and wants to make a difference in their community to download a form today.”
Full details can be found on the People's Millions website
The deadline for applications is 16 May 2014 (12 noon).

Source: j4b funding

Arts Council of Wales Advises Dates for 2014/15

The Arts Council Wales has announced that it is taking a different approach to publishing its funding guidelines for 2014/15.
Rather than publish the new guidelines and application forms at the beginning of the financial year, this year the Arts Council will first publish its new five-year strategy “Creativity and the Arts” and then the new documents.
Groups who want to apply for the following funds should continue to use the 2013/14 guidelines and application forms until the new forms are available.
The following funds will be available for application this year:
Arts Grants for Organisations
§  Small Grants applications can still be submitted at any time with a decision within six working weeks.
§  Large Grants application can still be submitted by one of the four deadlines over the year with a decision within nine working weeks of the following closing dates: 9 May, 15 August, 10 October, 23 January 2015.
National Touring applications can only be submitted in October and January and the application forms will be available later in the year.
The plans for the Creative Wales Awards and Creative Wales Ambassadors will be confirmed at the beginning of April 2014.
The Arts Council of Wales will also be holding 40-minute funding advice sessions across Wales so that organisations can discuss their project ideas and ask questions. Information officers will be able to offer guidance on eligibility and how best to apply for a grant. It is necessary to book a session in advance by contacting the Arts Council’s Information team by email or by phone (0845 8734 9000).
Full details can be found on the Arts Council of Wales website

Source: j4b funding 

Fundraising Standards Board Workshop cancelled

The advertised:
workshop due to take place on Monday 17th March 2014 at PAVO Offices, Llandrindod Wells has been cancelled.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Lloyds to donate £1 million to credit unions

The announcement is part of the banking group's Helping Britain Prosper plan, in which it aims to address some of the big issues facing the country, including financial inclusion which includes providing access to affordable credit. Credit unions are non-profit-making cooperatives whose members can borrow money from pooled deposits at low interest rates. The Association of British Credit Unions said its latest figures showed there were 371 credit unions in England, Scotland and Wales, serving more than a million people. Lloyds said it had not yet been decided whether to give the £1m to Abcul for distribution or to individual credit unions.

(Source: WCVA)

Demonstrating impact could increase donations affluent donors say

The report, Why We Give, is based on an online survey of 722 CAF banking customers who are in the top 10 per cent of account holders and give away thousands of pounds a year to charity. CAF researchers also carried out in-depth interviews with six of the respondents, who were asked what influenced them to give, what could increase giving and how much of their wealth the affluent should give to charity. To mark the launch of the report, CAF is collecting is views about why people give on the social networking site Pinterest.

(Source: WCVA)

Business Wales - How to Tender workshop

Sell2Wales and How to Tender for Third Sector Organisations

Media Resource Centre, Llandrindod Wells. LD1 6AH
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 – 10.00am – 4.30pm

Business Wales would like to invite you to attend two workshops we’re holding in Powys. The morning will be and interactive sell2wales workshop followed by a ‘How to Tender – An introduction’ workshop. Both workshops will be specifically tailored to the requirements of third sector organisations wishing to tender for work.

To book your place, please contact your regional event co-ordinator on 01970 636283 or e-mail

Monday, 3 March 2014

The Montgomeryshire District Trust Fund

To provide facilities for recreation and leisure for the benefit of the inhabitants of Montgomeryshire with the object of improving the conditions of life for those inhabitants.

Applications will be considered from community groups, voluntary organisations and local charities based in Montgomeryshire.

Examples of previous beneficiaries include:

·         children/youth groups
·         community centres and village halls
·         cultural/arts groups
·         sports clubs
·         recreation/leisure groups

Grants of up to £1000 are available.

Typically grants have been awarded: 

·         to purchase equipment or materials
·         for minor capital works
·         for equipment or building alterations

Applying for support
If you think that you are eligible for trust fund support then please complete an application form and return it to us by the deadline in order to be considered. There are two closing dates a year, usually in March and August.  The deadline for the next round is:

Friday 28th March 2014
You do not need to specify which Fund you are applying to as we’ll ensure you are directed to the most appropriate scheme.

There are two separate application forms depending on whether you are applying for a grant as an individual or on behalf of an organisation. Please make sure you complete the correct application form as the information we require differs. Electronic application forms can be obtained by visiting: or emailing