Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations

Help for Organisations

The CAVO Support and Skills Team assist community voluntary groups throughout Ceredigion by empowering, developing the capacity and the delivery of a range of support services including information, advice and training.

The CAVO Support and Skills team are able to provide:
– Development support to enable groups to undertake and manage projects,
– Information and support in developing governing documents and policies,
– Support in setting up and choosing an appropriate governing structure.
– Funding information,
– Information on legislation and other current issues affecting the sector.
– Create and facilitate networking opportunities
– Offer a range of training opportunities for the sector, from our own training programme, bespoke training, or support to identify appropriate training provided by other support agencies in our region.

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Provident Social Impact Fund


Grants of between £1000 and £5000 are available.


Community groups, Charities, social enterprises or other Charitable Organisations from the voluntary sector that:

  • Have a Constitution or other relevant governance document.
  • Have a management committee/ board of directors/ trustees of at least three unrelated people.
  • Have a bank account under the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories.
  • Provide a signed copy of your Organisation’s most recent bank statement.
  • Are based in and supporting people living in Wales.
  • Have an income of £250,000 or under in the most recent financial year.

Priority will be given to small, community Organisations in areas of social, financial and welfare disadvantage.

Projects should meet at least one of the following priorities:

  • Improving people’s personal finance capabilities (debt and financial advice/education)
  • Improving physical and/or mental health
  • Providing support which enhances, creates and sustains positive family relationships
  • Addressing issues of low educational attainment and improving learning outcomes
  • Providing people with opportunities to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage, including projects which increase access to employment.

This programme is currently OPEN to applications.

There is one annual deadline:

28th February 

How to apply:

Click here to start an application form in English.

Click here to start an application form in Welsh.


Remember to always read the criteria in full before applying to any grant scheme to make sure your organisation and project is eligible.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Foundation on 02920 379 580 or email CRITERIA


Free Financial Capability Training for Practitioners

14 March 2019

Do you work with parents or families?

Join us to develop your skills and knowledge and increase your capacity to deliver valuable support to families in your community.

Talking about money isn’t always easy. However, getting children used to talking about money early can help them avoid financial issues in the future. Talk, Learn, Do (TLD) is an evidence-based parenting intervention developed by the Money Advice Service to help parents of 3-11 year olds talk to their children about money. 

This half-day practical training will enable you to run a short session to enable parents to teach their children to develop positive money habits. This training course provides skills for those with no financial capability training and offers new approaches for those who have already worked in this field. Alongside the free training, we provide practitioners with a toolkit and resources for parents.

“The pack is so self-explanatory, it didn’t take me long to prepare, just thought oh I remember that, it didn’t take me long to pick up again.”
Practitioner, Mid Wales

99% of parents that participated would recommend this course to other parents who want to talk to their children about money

92% of practitioners would recommend the module to other practitioners 

The workshop provides attendees with:

  • an opportunity to explore the Talk, Learn, Do resources and discover how to adapt them to your families and setting.
  • a toolkit, marketing ideas and resources to enable you to deliver the programme as soon as you get back to your organisation

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Who will benefit from attending?

This workshop is ideal if you work in:

  • local authorities/children’s services
  • in a Sure Start centre
  • early years
  • parenting groups/services
  • children’s charities
  • financial inclusion support
  • housing associations
  • schools, colleges and adult learning
  • libraries
  • job centres
  • foodbanks
  • or out in the wider community 

Or engage with parents of 3-11 year olds as a:

  • flying start practitioner
  • family support team member
  • parenting practitioner
  • money benefit advisor/ worker
  • family learning practitioner
  • family support volunteer
  • community worker/ volunteer

If you are a parenting practitioner and would like to attend a session please click here.

For more information please click here


The Chestnut Fund – grants for conservation

The Chestnut Fund is an independent charity, making grants available to encourage and enable community groups to carry out conservation activities.

The grants fall into two categories:

  • Start-up grants

These are for groups who have no money when they are first set up and are available to groups in their first year of existence. The maximum grant will be £150.

  • Support grants

These are for groups who have no money for tools, equipment and training. Preference will be given to resources selected from The Conservation Volunteers sources. The maximum grant will be £350.

The fund is administered by BTCV and further details are available on their website:


Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust 2019 round open

Up to £5,000 is available to groups working under the theme of children and young people.

There are two separate grant rounds for each category:

Children aged between 0 and 11

£1,000 grant round: February
£5,000 grant round: April

Young People aged between 11 and 25

£1,000 grant round: July
£5,000 grant round: September

For more information on what they will fund and how to apply, please visit the website:


Employers – what’s new for 2019-20?

Join this live webinar for an overview of ‘what’s new’ – including the new rates for National Insurance, National Living Wage/National Minimum Wage and statutory payments, changes to expenses and benefits and Student Loan deductions. 

For more information please click here


Nineveh Charitable Trust

Funding is available for projects and activities of benefit to the General Public, with an emphasis on promoting a better understanding of the countryside.

For information on how much funding is available, the aims of the Trust and how to apply, please visit their website at


How WCVA can support you with Safeguarding

WCVA Safeguarding Service for Third Sector organisations in Wales

WCVA’s safeguarding service provides free advice, information, training and resources for third sector organisations in Wales.

Do you have questions about …   

  • Writing policies
  • Recruiting safely
  • Accessing DBS checks
  • Reporting concerns 
  • Trustee responsibilities

Our Safeguarding Officer, Suzanne Mollison, is available to respond to enquiries and we would like to encourage you to access the service.

We can also support your organisation with safeguarding activities in the following ways:

  • Information sessions and presentations

We can deliver information sessions for your members, staff or volunteers, and give presentations at events.  

  • Learning and Development

We can provide a range of learning opportunities, including free online courses, training on our open programme and bespoke options.

  • Resources

Our Safeguarding webpages provide information and resources on many aspects of safeguarding

  • Safeguarding Ambassadors Network

The Safeguarding Ambassadors’ Network for third sector safeguarding practitioners aims to create a community of practice. The network provides regular opportunities for members to meet up, share information and hear presentations on relevant topics.

Download flyer 

If you would like to discuss any of the above, please get in touch by emailing or phone 01745 357574 / 0300 111 0124, option 6


Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation announce new tech for good funding round

Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation have renewed their commitment to supporting not for profit organisations who are using technology to deliver new ideas and make their services more effective. The Tech for Good 2019 programme will open for applications from February 11th to March 25th. Applicants will be asked to submit a video of no more than three minutes which creatively and compellingly explains why the project should be funded. Projects should address one of our four core issue areas: Children Survive and Thrive, Global Mental Health Matters, Fighting for Gender Justice, or A Safe Place to Be. For this initiative, Comic Relief would also welcome applications addressing challenges related to disability and inclusion outside of these themes.  For more information, click here.


Armed Forces Covenant Fund Local Grants Programme 2019

Up to £20,000 is available for projects (run by registered charities, CICs, schools, armed forces units with a UIN, local authorities) that:

  • Help integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
  • Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.

Applications can be submitted quarterly up to 2nd December 2019. The next deadline for applications is 11th March.

Further information is available at

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