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Many voluntary and community groups are largely dependent on the receipt of grants from a range of agencies in order for them to continue to run services or develop projects. The funding world is very large, varied and inconsistent and sometimes complex.

At BAVO, our funding services helps groups to wade through the complexities of fund raising as easily and efficiently as possible by sharing our funding knowledge, experience and expertise.

Looking for funding for your project or organisation? If the answer is YES, we can help you with our new funding search facility provided by the Directory of Social Change. BAVO members are welcome to use the facilities at BAVO in Maesteg to undertake an independent search of the local or national funders. If this is not possible, we may be able to carry this out on your behalf.

We also work with funders to make sure we have the latest information on their programmes and funding processes. You could also benefit from one-to-one advice from funders such as the Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Coalfields Regeneration Trust – keep an eye on our website for details of our next funding surgeries.

If you decide to develop a project or make an application, as a member of BAVO we may also be able to help you:

  • think about ways to engage your community and develop your ideas;
  • proof read as a critical friend, your application.

Remember that grants are only one way to raise funds, and there are other methods to explore. BAVO has lots of resources available to help you get started and think about the best way for you. Take a look at the information section here  where you can find tips on the following:

  • Developing a Fundraising Strategy;
  • Grants – fit for funding;
  • Applying to funders;
  • Volunteer Time;
  • Fundraising Events;
  • Legacies;
  • Donations;
  • Procurement;
  • Tendering.

Take look at our BAVO simple guide to book keeping >>>

To access our service, T: 01656 810400 or E:


New Fundraising Regulator

With the launch of the Fundraising Regulator on 7 July 2016, the responsibility for regulating charity fundraising logonow passes from the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) to the Fundraising Regulator .They will deal with all new complaints raised about charity fundraising. The new body also takes control of the Institute of Fundraising’s Code of Fundraising Practice and the Public Fundraising Association’s Rule Book.

For the first time, responsibility for all the different aspects of regulating fundraising will be centred in one organisation. FRSB office will remain open during the transfer to the new regulator, providing support for members. At the end of this period, any remaining membership funds will be returned to members.

Charities and other fundraising organisations will be invited to register with the Fundraising Regulator from autumn 2016 to signal their commitment to good practice. To understand how your charity will be regulated and what this means for your organisation visit:


Read latest funding opportunities for voluntary organisations in BAVO's October funding e-bulletin

You can download our October 2018 BAVO funding e-bulletin here >>>Front page of e-bulletin

This month’s funding e-bulletin offers the latest funding opportunities including:

  • Don't miss BAVO's Volunteering Wales Grants roadshow 16 October;
  • Book for BAVO's FREE funding surgery with Big Lottery Fund staff;
  • Find out how to raise funds on the Internet at BAVO's FREE workshop in November;
  • Latest funding opportunities including deadlines coming up so you don't miss out;
  • Find out how BAVO can help you with our new funding search facility provided by the Directory of Social Change.

Receive FREE expert advice and support by becoming a member of BAVO! 

If you are a voluntary group in Bridgend County Borough, be a member of BAVO click on link!
Membership is FREE! 

For further details on funding for your voluntary group or organisations, call our Development Team at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E:


Book FREE appointment to meet representative from Grow Wild UK at BAVO 16 October

Grow Wild connects people to nature and each other by funding creative and innovative ideas, focused on UK logonative wildflowers plants and fungi. They support community groups and organisations to bring imaginative and engaging projects to life. They help to improve the environment and people’s wellbeing by encouraging them to be active, take notice of what’s around them, learn new things and give back to their community.

Don't miss the opportunity to meet a representative from Grow Wild UK who fund community and youth projects working with wild flowers and fungi!

Date: Tuesday 16 October 2018
Venue: BAVO, 112/113 Commercial Street, Maesteg, CF34 9DL
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - 30 minute appointments available from 10am - 3.30pm

To book your place, please contact BAVO BY 5 OCTOBER 2018, T: 01656 810400 or E:

Grow Wild Community Project Funding:
Grants of £2,000 or £4,000 are available to groups across the UK to deliver projects in their community focused on UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi. They aim to have projects that:

  • focus on UK native wild flowers, plants and/or fungi, either through planting or as inspiration, and will help people understand the importance of these native species for the environment and our lives;
  • Have the potential to reach at least 300 people;
  • will work with one or more of Grow Wild’s target audiences: young people aged 12-25; communities living in urban areas; communities experiencing some disadvantage or reduced access to services; adults who are less engaged with their community and environmental activities;
  • Create opportunities for people to connect with, learn something new and give to help each other and nature. Have an idea that is introducing something new, e.g. a new, unlikely location, new group of people or creative way to engage your audience.

Applications for funding will close at midday on Monday 10 December 2018.

Grow Wild youth funding:
Grow Wild youth projects provide young people aged 14-25 with £500 funding to do something creative and collaborative, inspired by UK native plants and fungi. Funding can help young people to improve their CV or personal statement, make connections with their community, develop new skills and help raise awareness of nature. A panel of young people from across the UK will meet at each point to decide which projects to fund.

Their youth project funding is part of a rolling programme, which means you can apply at any time. However, there are set points during the year when applications are reviewed.


BAVO FREE funding surgery with Big Lottery Fund staff

Book an appointment to meet with Big Lottery Fund staff to discuss applying for funding for your projectlogo on Wednesday 24 October 2018 at Ynysawdre Parish Room, Bryn Road, Ynysawdre, Bridgend, CF32 9LU.

Appointments of 30 minutes are available from 10am – 3.15pm

Every year Big Lottery Fund distributes millions of pounds of National Lottery funding to good causes. It funds not for profit and voluntary organisations to deliver projects that improve health, education, environment and improve the lives of people and communities most in need. It can fund capital or revenue projects and has two grants available.

Both funds have recently had some changes, so you are strongly advised to check the eligibility of your project on the Big Lottery Fund web site in the guidance notes for either fund before making an appointment. If you are thinking of applying, this is a great opportunity to talk through your project and the new application requirements.

If your project relates to sport, arts or heritage, please take a look at their blog to identify the most suitable Lottery funding.

If you’re interested in having an appointment at this session then you MUST register your interest with BAVO by Friday 19 October on 01656 810400 or

For more information please contact BAVO on 01656 810400 or E: