Friday, 16 November 2018

An Introduction to Community Shares 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Tuesday 4th December at PAVO Offices Llandrindod Wells.

An Introduction to Community Shares 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Tuesday 4th December at PAVO Offices Llandrindod Wells.
Community shares can save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, restore heritage buildings, and build stronger, more vibrant and independent communities.
Are you wondering whether community shares can fund your community enterprise/project? Do you have a funding shortfall? Are you keen to increase the membership within your organisation and raise finance from your community?
If the answer is yes then come along and meet the Wales Co-operative Community Shares Team as well have a brief introduction to what community shares are and how you can use community shares to finance your community ventures.
To book please register using the following link

Thursday, 15 November 2018


The Whitley Animal Protection Trust supports projects for the prevention of cruelty to animals or the promotion of the welfare of animals.
The majority of grants awarded are repeat donations.  However, the Trust will also provide grants for core funding to smaller charities without which they may not be able to continue their animal protection work. The charity also makes one-off grants, but a majority of the grants are in respect of longer term commitments.
There is no minimum or maximum grant level.  Most awards are in the range of £250 to £25,000.
During the year ending 31 December 2017 the Trust awarded 25 grants totalling  £271,121 (2016: £370,685) to 23 charitable organisations. A list of all awards made during the year can be found on page 15 of the Trust’s annual accounts.
There is no requirement for match funding.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of the scheme.
The Trust does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
Applications may be made in writing at any time addressed to:
Mr M T Gwynne 
Whitley Animal Protection Trust 
Padmore House 
Hall Court 
Hall Park Way 
TF3 4LX 
Tel: 01952 641651

(The Trust does not advertise an email address.)
(Source: GRIN)


The Will Charitable Trust provides funding for new or capital projects in the following categories:
o The care of and services for blind people, and the prevention and/or cure of blindness;
o The long-term care of people with learning disabilities either in residential care or a supported living environment in a way that provides a family environment and a wide choice of activities and lifestyle or by providing long-term day/employment activities; and/or
o The care of and services for people suffering from cancer, and their families.
In extremely exceptional circumstances the Trust will respond favourably to requests from organisations whose activities fall outside the categories listed above.
UK registered charities providing services in the UK may apply for a grant of between £3,000 and £30,000. During the year ending 5 April 2017 the Trust awarded 68  grants totalling £1,124,000.  A list of awards made during the year can be found on pages 13-15 of the Trust’s annual accounts.
Projects supported by the Trust are expected to provide a level of match funding. Potential applicants are advised to check with the Trust for details.
Applicants should have proven track records of successful work in their field of operation or, in the case of newer charities, convincing evidence of ability.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o Organisations that are not registered charities (or properly exempt);
o General appeals or letters/mail-shots requesting donations;
o Individuals or charities applying on their behalf;
o Grant-making organisations seeking funding for the purpose of awarding grants to others;
o Applications for less than £3,000;
o Charities with a turnover of less than £50,000;
o Charities with free reserves covering more than 18 months’ expenditure unless they can clearly demonstrate that they are in financial need;
o Charities that do not yet have a track record of service delivery (or other convincing evidence of ability);
o Ongoing running (including salaries) and core costs, ongoing projects or services (although they will support an extension to existing provision if additional cost is incurred), unless there is an exceptional reason to do so;
o Projects which benefit people outside the UK, except in the blind field;
o Projects which are complete (i.e. retrospective funding);
o Minibuses;
o Academic research projects;
o Campaigning or lobbying projects;
o Work usually considered a statutory responsibility; or
o Items of equipment intended for use by the NHS.
The Trust distributes income twice yearly in March and November. Each category will only be considered once a year.
The following deadlines apply:
o Applications relating to Blind People and Learning Disabilities should be submitted from November and be received by 31 January at the very latest.
o Applications relating to Cancer Care should be submitted from June, and be received by 
31 August at the very latest.
There are no application forms and applications should be made in writing, including the following information:
o An overview of the applicant organisation;
o What the grant is for/towards;
o Costs;
o A contingency plan;
o A timetable;
o A copy of the latest audited Annual Accounts; and
o Any other useful information.
Applications must be submitted by post only and will normally be acknowledged within three weeks.
Further information is available on the Trust's website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The Will Charitable Trust
Bridge House
11 Creek Road
East Molesey
Tel: 020 8941 0450

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

War memorial grants only available for one more year

Communities in Powys only have one year to apply for grants to help preserve World War One memorials for future.
The Powys War Memorials Project, which can provide grants to repair, restore or maintain World War One memorials in the county, has one year left before the project ends.
The maximum grant available for repair works for one memorial is £5,000 while up to £200 is available to improve war memorial surroundings such as fencing, gates or lighting. The grants from the project can cover up to 90% of the cost of the work.
Any type of established World War One memorial in the county is eligible including stone obelisks, stained glass windows, plaques, statues or halls. World War One memorials with additions for other wars are also eligible. The application process for a grant is quick and easy.
The repair grants are being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so it’s advisable to apply as soon as possible.
Some memorials were completed in time for Remembrance Sunday including Rhayader Clock Tower, Newtown Memorial Gates and Crickhowell Town Memorial.
Cllr Martin Weale, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said: “The Powys War Memorials Project marks our respect for those individuals who left Powys sacrificing their lives.
“Memorials form an integral part of our towns, villages and communities and provide a focal point for remembrance.  The funding gives Powys a chance to remember and ensure that these memorials are protected and kept for future generations.”
The Powys War Memorials Project, which is being hosted by Powys County Council, commemorates the centenary of World War One, and has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.
The project can also provide funding for community training, such as how to research the names on war memorials or how to set up a website to record names on war memorials. The project also supports communities to develop World War One heritage walks and facilitates community events linked with World War One.
For more information about the Powys War Memorial Project, contact Catherine Pugh, Powys War Memorials Project Officer by emailing More information including case studies can be found on the website

(Source: PCC)

Monday, 12 November 2018

Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa Grant Scheme – Second round now open for applications

WCVA is delighted to announce the second round of the Wales for Africa Grant scheme for Small grants between £500 - £5,000 is now open. There is £53,865 available for small grants in this round.

There will also be the opportunity to apply for one larger Multi-Year project valued up to £50,000

Deadline for applications
Small grants – 23rd November 2018
Multi- Year grant – 30th November 2018

Please visit our website  for further information about the scheme and guidance on how to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact the WCVA grants team at .

(Source: WCVA)

Friday, 9 November 2018


The Alchemy Foundation (not to be confused with the Alchemy Charitable Trust, which operates exclusively in west Kent and Sussex) focuses on the following grant-making areas:
o Disability, especially mobility, access, helplines and communications;
o Social welfare, including inner city community projects, disaffected youth, family mediation and homelessness;
o Respite for carers; and
o Penal reform, including work with prisoners, especially young prisoners, and their families.
Approximately 50% of its annual grant-making is directed towards its Alchemist Scheme, which funds the costs of fundraisers assigned to other charities to assist with their fundraising efforts.
During the year ending 5 April 2017 the Foundation awarded grants totalling £451,688 (2016: £ 397,387) allocated as follows:
o The Alchemist Scheme (including £44,100 to the Orpheus Centre Trust): £ 205,582;  
o Medical research and aid, blindness and disfigurement: £2,000;
o Disability- mobility, helplines, access: £68,156;
o Social welfare – inner city community projects: £81,600;
o Individuals on behalf of registered charities: £50,550;
o Respite for carers: £11,750;
o Penal reform and work with prisoners and their families: £7,000. and
o Other causes: £25,050.
Charities registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales may apply for a grant.
There is no specific requirement for match funding.
Please note: the Foundation does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Richard Stilgoe OBE 
Alchemy Foundation 
Trevereux Manor 
Limpsfield Chart 

(The Foundation does not advertise a phone number or an email address.)
(Source: GRIN)

Thursday, 8 November 2018


Do you want to enhance natural resources and support communities in Wales? Find out more about new Welsh Government grant funding from our webinar 13.11.18

Webinar: Funding for the Environment and Health
Date: 13 November 2018, 2pm

Welsh Government has recently launched two new grants schemes that support the delivery of key elements of the Programme for Government as set out in Taking Wales Forward and Prosperity for All, while supporting delivery of specific policies relating to health and natural resources in an integrated way.
  • ENRaW focusing on improving the quality of the local environment and creating sustainable green infrastructure; and
  • HAF supporting projects that can access and make use of these areas to encourage healthy and active lifestyles
In each case, the new grants focus on encouraging collaborative projects that will deliver a range of multiple benefits and improved outcome across the well-being goals, leading to longer term sustainability and new models of delivery. The teams operating the grants will continue to work closely to ensure that clear links between the schemes and the activities they support are made.

By the end of this webinar you will understand what the funds are about and whether it is suitable for your group to apply. This webinar is also an opportunity to ask questions about the funding and application process.

To book please click the link:

This webinar will be delivered in English but contributions and questions are welcomed in Welsh or English.

Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being in Wales 2019-2023 (ENRaW)
The Welsh Government has released a new funding scheme to support the implementation of the Natural Resources Policy, making clearer links between Wales' natural resources and well-being. Grants will be available for cross-sector partnerships delivering improvements in local environment quality, green infrastructure, and ecological resilience.

Healthy and Active Fund (HAF)
The Healthy & Active Fund (HAF) is a new programme managed and delivered in partnership by Sport Wales, the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. The Fund seeks to improve people's mental and physical health by enabling active lifestyles.

(Source: WCVA)


The Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules. The funds can pay for anything from making a home more energy efficient, to providing advice that helps consumers keep on top of their bills.
The Energy Saving Trust has developed an open application process for charities seeking funding from the scheme. Successful projects will be selected with input from an independent panel of experts and could cover a range of locations across England, Scotland and Wales.
The amount of funding available through the scheme varies throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis in January, April, July and October. Eligible charities that have registered interest in the scheme will be notified when funds become available.
The minimum grant that can be requested is £20,000 and the maximum amount is the lesser of £2 million or the total value of the current fund.
The scheme can fund projects lasting up to two years, fund 100% of the project cost and can cover revenue and capital measures.
Further information is available of the Energy Redress website.

(Source: GRIN)


The February Foundation makes grants for both capital projects and core costs to a range of charities and will consider supporting any charitable activities but is particularly interested in supporting UK registered charities working with the following beneficiary groups: youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage, the advancement of education, the advancement of the arts, culture, and heritage. However, the Foundation has broad charitable objects and is on record as stating that it evaluates each application on its merits and on a case-by-case basis.
The Foundation will consider grants for:
o Charities that are for the benefit of persons who are making an effort to improve their lives;
o Charities that are for the benefit of persons no longer physically or mentally able to help themselves;
o Charities that have a long-term beneficial impact on the future of individuals, groups of individuals, or organisations;
o Charities that protect the environment;
o Small or minority charities where small grants will have a significant impact; and
o Companies where the acquisition of equity would be in line with the Trust's charitable objectives.
The maximum grant is usually up to £5,000, but larger awards can be made in exceptional circumstances. A match funding contribution is welcomed. Potential applicants are advised to check with the Foundation for details.
During the year ending, appropriately, 28 February 2017, the Foundation received 462 applications, of which 122 grant awards were made totalling £803,177.
The Foundation will not accept applications for a range of purposes, including village halls/community centres, youth clubs and youth centres, and minibuses. A list of all exclusions can be found on the Foundation’s webpage.
Applications may be made in writing at any time following the guidelines below.  There is no formal application form. 
The following information is required with all applications:
o Details and budget of the proposed project;
o How many people would benefit, and how those benefits might be measured (not just financially);
o What the estimated cost of raising funds for the project is; and
o Full accounts for the most recent completed financial year and, if not contained in the accounts, the full cost of raising voluntary income.
For hospice applications, the following additional information is required:
o Total fundraising cost, inc trading, as a percentage of total cost;
o Admin (non-clinical, non-fundraising) costs as percentage of entire costs;
o Percentage on-patient bed occupancy;
o Percentage day hospice capacity utilisation; 
o Home care hours delivered; and the 
o Latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating.
The Foundation prefers to be contacted electronically, and emailed applications will be given priority over hard copy applications. Applicants are not advised to send DVDs, CDs, glossy brochures or other additional information.
Further information is available on the Foundation’s webpage.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Richard Pierce-Saunderson 
The February Foundation 
Spring Cottage 
Church Street 
IP21 5HT 

(The Foundation does not advertise a phone number.)
(Source: GRIN)

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust

The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust aims to make grants to small (i.e. with an annual turnover of less than £1 million)  UK registered  charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and Community Interest Companies (CICs) that provide support to young adults with learning disabilities after they leave school. The aim of the Trust’s funding is to provide them with the practical skills to prepare them to be able to lead independent lives.
Priority will be given to projects that meet at least two of the following criteria:
o Designed for, and aimed, at people with learning disabilities aged 18 to 25 outside the school environment. Those age 16+ who are not in formal education, training or work will also be considered;  
o Offer the opportunity for people to gain transferable life skills, which may include how to access support;     
o Offer employment experience;    
o Build in accredited training;   
o Enable social interaction with other people and allow self-expression and confidence building; and    
o Applications from smaller organisations that are demonstrating an entrepreneurial approach to a locally identified issue.
The Trust is also interested in applications from organisations that support activities enabling people with learning disabilities, and their carers, to understand better life skills and the social care system.
Small registered UK charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) or Community Interest Companies (CICs) may apply for a grant of up to £10.000. Awards are normally between £3,000 and £10,000.  Requests will be considered for grant support over a number of years.
Although not essential, the Trust has indicated a preference for match funding.
Applicants are more likely to be successful if they can demonstrate that:
o People with learning disabilities, their families and carers are consulted in the design and running of the project.
o They are working in partnership with relevant local organisations and service providers;
o They have thought about the opportunities for participants to make use of what they have learnt once the programme has ended;
o They have been actively seeking other sources of funding for the project; and
o There will be a demand for the service to be provided.
Applications will be judged using the following criteria:
o Types of challenges being addressed by the project;
o The number of people with a learning disability supported;       
o Evidence that the project is required and fulfils the need identified;
o Evidence of how applicants have consulted with people who could benefit from the project;
o Information on the demonstrable difference the project will make to the lives of people it is aimed at;
o Cost of the project and the amount of funding the organisation has found from other sources;  
o Details of any contributions from parent organisations;
o Evidence of the project's sustainability after the Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust funding has finished; and
o Information on how the impact of the project will be evaluated.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o Individuals;
o Schools;
o General applications that have no specific purpose other than to increase the financial resources available to the charity;
o Organisations that are overtly religious;
o Organisations that were supported in the previous year, unless for multi-year grants agreed in advance; and
o Retrospective funding.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 31 March 2019. Applications will be considered at the Trust's annual meeting in June.
Applications must be submitted electronically, addressed to the Trust’s secretary, Sharon Shortland,  and should include:
o A completed cover sheet (which can be downloaded from the Trust’s website);
o A 2-page application including information as detailed in the guidelines;
o A copy of the organisation’s latest accounts; and
o If the organisation is new, a Business Plan.
Further information about how to apply is available on the Trust’s website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
Sharon Shortland
The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust
Laurel House
Old Main Road
Fleet Hargate
PE12 8LH
Tel: 01406 420153

Monday, 5 November 2018


The Noel Buxton Trust offers grants to smaller, grassroots organisations and does not generally respond to appeals from large and well-supported charities or branches of network organisations. The Trust offers funding in the following 3 areas:
1. Family Grants - the maximum grant is £5,000 per year for up to 3 years.
The Trustees focus is on funding for families on the issue of domestic abuse in recognition that problematic relationships between adults lie at the heart of the most serious difficulties experienced by parents and their children. Abuse in the home is damaging to everyone, but the Trust particularly acknowledges that there is a pervasive impact on children, and one that can affect them into adulthood. The Trust will consider projects that work with survivors and/or perpetrators of domestic abuse.
The Trust prefers to fund registered charities (exceptionally, organisations that are applying for charitable status can be considered) in England, Scotland and Wales. The emphasis is on areas outside of London and South-east England. Applications are welcomed from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community groups.
When assessing applications, the Trust looks for evidence that applicants can demonstrate the following:
o An ethos of family support;
o A recognition that all parents have something to offer and want what is best for their children as well as some having needs to be addressed;
o Evidence that family views and expertise are valued in the organisation; and
o Attention to outcomes (not only what the project does, but what difference it makes to people’s life).
Applications are more likely to be successful if the following can be described:
o How the need for the proposal was identified;
o The organisation's track record in doing related work; and
o How the organisation will know that the project has benefited, or will benefit, the people it helps.
2. Penal Grants - grants up to £4,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years for project and core costs.
The Trust supports local campaigning organisations, self help groups and service providers in their commitment to the rehabilitation of offenders for the benefit of both the offender and society as a whole. The areas of penal affairs activities that are funded include:
o Peer support and mentoring to provide offenders with appropriate support to help them through times of difficulty;
o Making social connections with friends, family or local community, eg opportunities for serving prisoners to stay in touch with their children or community circles of support for high risk (ex) offenders within the community;
o Skill-based activities through volunteering or training; and
o Activities that both help rehabilitate offenders and help build bridges through various benefits to local communities.
The kind of grants the Trust expects to make are:
o    One-off grants of up to £3,000 to pay for specific projects that help maintain relationships between prisoners and their families or for work that supports the contributions that volunteers make within the prison community; and/or
o    Grants of up to £4,000 per year over two to three years, particularly where a guaranteed on-going contribution is going to make a difference to the sustainability of a programme or activity.
When assessing applications, the Trust looks for evidence of some or all of the following criteria:
o Practical direct support to offenders both in prison and in the community;
o Inclusion of former offenders in activities that involve them as mentors or peer supporters;
o Involvement of volunteers;
o Immediate and sustainable impact; and/or
o Work with prisoners families, particularly to facilitate ongoing contact between prisoners and their families so that where possible family support will be available on their release.
The Trust also has a strong interest in:
o Applications that support the needs of offenders who are over represented within the youth and criminal justice system (for example, black or minority ethnic groups);
o Offenders who have specific needs that are not met through mainstream provision, (for example, disabled or older offenders); and
o Projects that the Trust believes will help to break down the stigma and discrimination that many offenders face.
3. Africa Grants - The maximum grant is £5,000 per year for up to 3 years.
The Trust’s focus is on economic development rather than service provision. It favours work such as small business support and training, and micro-finance in both urban and rural settings. Applications in support of initiatives that are building sustainable futures in the semi arid areas of Africa are especially welcome. Trustees also welcome appeals that support and protect street children, and help them find safe and sustainable livelihoods.
The Trust encourages applications that enable successful practical solutions to be replicated or that aim to bring about relevant policy change through effective advocacy. They also welcome applications that demonstrate a commitment to strengthening community based organisations and ensuring the voice of poor and marginalised women and men are properly heard and respected.
The Trust welcomes applications from diaspora-led organisations based and registered in the UK. The Trust is willing to consider direct applications from registered civil society organisations in Africa or UK based charities which might be diaspora organisations based in the UK (the term diaspora derives from Greek and means ‘the scattering of seeds’ or to ‘sow over’. Originally a term referring to the expulsion and scattering of Jews and other expulsed groups, the term became more widely used from the 1990's as referring to transnational communities that are dispersed from an original homeland). 
The Trust funds work in Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan. Within these areas, priority will be given to work with communities living in urban slums and semi-arid regions where economic hardship is most extreme. The Trustees also welcome applications from Sahelian countries as long as they can be submitted in English.
The Trust expects  to see a strong relationship between the applicant organisation and the community that will benefit from the grant. This is demonstrated when the applicant shows a clear understanding of the economic, environmental and social issues facing the community. Further, the Trust likes to see practical ways in which communities will be strengthened by the work they fund and, especially, how women and girls will be empowered.
Appeals are more likely to be successful if the following can be described:
o How the need for the proposal was identified;
o The organisation's track record in carrying out related work; and
o How the organisation will know that the project has benefitted, or will benefit, the communities with whom it works.
There is no match funding requirement for any of the programmes listed above.
Funding is not available for:
o Academic research;
o Advice centres;
o Animal charities, including those running sanctuaries, rescue or adoption services;
o The arts for their own sake;
o Buildings;
o Conferences;
o Counselling for individuals;
o Expeditions, exchanges, holidays, study tours, visits;
o Housing and homelessness;
o Human rights;
o HIV/AIDS programmes;
o Individuals;
o Northern Ireland;
o Organisations set up primarily to treat medical conditions, physical disabilities or mental health issues;
o Playgrounds;
o Prizes;
o Race relations;
o Contributions to a specific salaried post;
o Schools, including school infrastructure and teaching equipment;
o Vehicles;
o Victims of crime, except those affected by domestic abuse and victims involved with restorative justice projects;
o Videos and IT.
In addition to the above exclusions:
1.  Under the Family Grants Programme funding is not available for:
o Older people; or
o Work in women’s or men's refuges.
2.  Under the Penal Grants programme funding is not available for:
o Overseas projects;
o Youth projects.
3. Under the Africa Grants Programme funding is not available for any work outside the areas listed as the geographical focus.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
The Trust does not have an application form.  Instead, applicants should submit a short letter no more than 1-2 pages long outlining the case for funding.
The appeal should include the charity registration number and the name of the organisation to which cheques should be made payable if different from that at the head of the appeal letter. Applicants should also include:
o A budget for the current and following year;
o Details of funding already received, promised or applied for from other sources; and
o Latest annual report/accounts in the shortest available form.
Further information is available on the Trust’s website.
Contact details for the Noel Buxton Trust are:
The Administrator 
Noel Buxton Trust 
PO Box 520 
GU51 9GX
(The Trust does not advertise an email address or a phone number.)
(Source: GRIN)