Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations


Community and voluntary organisations need up to date advice on available grants and funding sources to start new projects or to keep existing services going. CAVO’s Support and Skills Team can provide free advice and information services, which include:
– Identifying potential funders
– Support in making funding applications
– Share best practices in monitoring and evaluation
– Assistance in appraising a need for a new project or service
– Developing funding strategies


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Open for Applications – Caring Communities Innovation Scheme

The Scheme is calling for new and innovative projects ideas in Ceredigion that pilot ways of building community capacity and resilience to develop integrated service and support for:

  • Older people with complex needs and long-term conditions, including dementia;
  • People with learning disabilities;
  • Children with complex needs; and
  • Carers, including young carers.

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Small Charity Week 2019 17th – 22nd June

This year Small Charity Week marks its 10th anniversary, and offers small charities a range of opportunities to shout about their work, get support and advice, and develop skills and knowledge. Taking place over six themed days, there are a multitude of ways to get involved, find out how to get involved here


Morrisons Foundation

Funding to support charities delivering projects which help to improve people’s lives. From support groups to children’s hospitals and homeless shelters to hospices, the grants provide vital funding for good causes across the UK

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Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund

Between £2,500 – £5,000 is available to local community groups, sports clubs and charities to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play outdoor sport.

Applications can be made for grants towards some or all of the following types of projects with the intention of growing capacity to reach more young people:

  1. The development and improvement of playing fields and other facilities
  2. The development and training of volunteers including the provision of qualifications
  3. The purchase of specialist disability equipment
  4. The development of long-term sustainability, for example marketing and finance expertise

Further guidance can be found at


£1m available for sports clubs and organisations across Wales

Sport Wales, in partnership with Welsh Government, has launched a new fund, ‘A Place for Sport’, with up to £1m available for sports clubs and organisations across Wales.

The fund will support projects seeking to improve, protect or create new sporting facilities.

Applications are invited from community sport groups and can include things such as floodlights, new multi-sport surfaces, expansion or improvements to existing facilities, etc.  The detailed fund criteria can be found on the Sport Wales website.

Applications must be made online by 28 June 2019 and, importantly, the projects need to be completed by the end of March 2020.


Have you got a project idea which will enhance the environment in your community?

We are pleased to announce that the first round of 2019-20 Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme (LDTCS) is now open for applications.

The fund is open to applicants carrying out activity within 5miles of an eligible landfill or waste transfer site – view the map here to check if you’re eligible to apply. From this page you can also view the scheme’s other webpages for further information and the scheme guidance.

The scheme funds projects with focusses on Biodiversity, Waste Minimisation and the reduction of Waste to Landfill and Wider Environmental Enhancements.

We’ve run two rounds of the fund so far and have funded some great projects making positive environmental enhancements in their locality with the support of the community. From pine martens to reuse of discarded plastics, there is a variety of activity happening across Wales.

You can read more about the projects already running in Wales from here.

There is a 12-week application window, the closing date is 21 July 2019 (23:59).

We receive a high number of applications which makes the funding process very competitive. If you would like support and guidance in the development of a project you can contact your local Third Sector Support Wales CVC here.

If you have any questions about LDTCS please get in touch with the WCVA Grant Funds Team at


New £1 million Co-op Foundation fund for Welsh community groups

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A new £1 million fund has been launched by the Co-op Foundation to enable groups in Wales with a community and environmental focus to safeguard spaces and become more sustainable.

The funding boost has been generated by proceeds from the 5p single-use carrier bag charge in the Co-op’s Welsh food stores.

Welsh groups can get grants of up to £10,000 to explore enterprising ideas that could contribute to a more sustainable future for their community space. Funding could support feasibility costs, technical or legal fees and, projects which test and explore new ideas. Eligible organisations must engage local people and support the environment, and applications close at noon onFriday, 21 June. 

In addition, interest-free loans of up to £50,000 are available to organisations to grow more established business ideas. Loans are usually repaid within five years with no need to make repayments in the first year. Some organisations could be eligible for a further grant dependent upon circumstances.

Jim Cooke, Head of The Co-op Foundation, said:”Spaces like parks and woodlands need regular funds so they can meet the needs of the people who use them, love them and rely on them. This builds stronger communities for today, and a better environment for the future. We look forward to hearing from organisations with enterprising ideas that will boost their trading activities, support local people and help create a better environment for us all.”

The Co-op Foundation has been awarding funding to help community spaces UK-wide become more sustainable since 2017.  One group to benefit recently is Welcome to our Woods, based in the Rhondda Fawr Valley, South Wales. Its £90,000 funding boost will enable it to up-scale its conversion of waste wood into saleable products like furniture and biomass fuel, generating income to help maintain more areas of woodland sustainably, while creating jobs, training and volunteering opportunities for local people.

For more information about The Co-op Foundation, and details of how to apply to the new fund, visit


The Henry Smith Charity – Improving Lives Grant

Grants of £20,000 to £60,000 available to fund running costs, salaries and projects for organisations that support people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. Grants on a rolling basis, no deadline.

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Bupa Mental Health Funding Programme now open for applications

The Bupa UK Foundation is looking to fund practical, community-focused projects that will support and improve people’s mental health at this critical life-stage.

For some mid-life can be a time of increased responsibilities, challenges and pressures, in their working lives, family lives and relationships. The prevalence of mental illness peaks among people in their middle years.  

Within this funding programme the Bupa UK Foundation is looking to fund practical, community-focused projects that will support and improve people’s mental health at this critical life-stage. 

Before applying you should check that your project meets the following criteria;

  • Your project or initiative will support people in mid-life. Suggested age range 30s to 50s. 
  • Your project focuses specifically on supporting and improving people’s mental health and wellbeing, rather than on addressing wider social issues.
  • Your application clearly explains how you will reach, engage and directly support individuals in improving their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Your application outlines how you will measure and evaluate the difference your project makes to the mental health and wellbeing of individual participants.

The maximum level of funding available for each grant awarded within this funding programme is £20,000.  All applications must be submitted through the Bupa UK Foundation’s online application system and only one application will be considered per organisation.

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2019, for further details please go to

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