Find funding

Looking for funding for your project or organisation? You are in the right place!  

We realise that third sector organisations face challenging times so we want to help you maximise you chances of success.

Did you know in 2019/20, local organisations were awarded over £306,000 through BAVO managed grant schemes and received £444,000 following BAVO funding support?

We know most voluntary and community groups are heavily dependent on grant funding in order to keep their services running or to develop new projects. Applying for funding can be complicated, confusing and difficult to understand but we can help you through it! We share our insight, knowledge and experience as bid writers, grant assessors and panel members so that you have the best chance of success.

We also work closely with funders to make sure we have up-to-date information on their programmes and funding processes and they sometimes ask us to provide information on local applicants.

Throughout the year we host funding sessions that offer one-to-one advice with funders such as the Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Coalfields Regeneration Trust – keep an eye out for details of our future funding surgeries.

If you decide to develop a project or make an application, as a member of BAVO we can help you:

  • think about ways to engage your community and develop your ideas;
  • act as a critical friend, we can proof read your application and give you tips to strengthen it;
  • remember that grants are only one way to raise funds, and there are other methods to explore.

We have lots of resources available to help you get started and think about the best way for you

Members of BAVO receive regular funding e-briefing and notices of the latest funding opportunities into the inbox.  The bulletins also provide hints and tips to help your group  get a head start with all aspects of funding including bid writing, fundraising techniques, trading opportunities and tendering.

Read our latest funding e-briefing…
In a hurry and want the latest top funding opportunities at your finger tips now? Take a look at our latest e-briefing below:

BAVO funding e-briefing – 12 January 2021

In addition, our BAVO local funding information sheet is full of details about local grants that are available to groups in the county borough.


Funding search platform for the third sector in Wales!

Funding Wales

If you register on our funding portal, you can put in details of the amount of funding you are looking for and what you want to fund.  The system will do the hard work for you and search though hundreds of grant and loan opportunities to  find the most appropriate funders for you. The portal includes local, national and international funders and has recently been updated to include a new ‘coronavirus’ category.

The portal is free of charge, so why not give it a go? Visit funding.cymru


Free diagnostic tool for voluntary organisations applying for funding

The National Lottery Community Fund is offering all voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs) in the UK an opportunity to analyse their organisational strengths and position and to identify areas that could be developed to improve organisational strength through their  diagnostic tool, the VCSE Strength Checker.

It is not linked to any National Lottery Community Fund funding programmes and it is completely free to use. For further details visit www.vcsestrengthchecker.org.uk 


Never let a funding opportunity slip by again because you are not confident in your skills!

Need help to write funding or grant applications?

Unsure about how to answer those tricky application form questions?

Struggle to complete online applications?

We realise that third sector organisations are having a challenging time in facing the future and continuing to be there for our communities. As part of a new project running from January to March 2021, we are looking for 10 BAVO members who are constituted groups that have little experience in writing grant applications. You will need to have a bank account in the name of the group and a signed constitution in order to receive this support.

We will provide one to one funding advice through an online platform such as Zoom/ Teams or the telephone and will guide you through any funding applications you wish to consider. Don’t miss out on funding again!

For further details contact Claire at BAVO, T: 07590 361676 or email: claireemanuel@bavo.org.uk


Latest funding news…

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Volunteering Wales grants scheme reopens

Published: 25 February 2021
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Never let a funding opportunity slip by again because you are not confident in your skills!

Published: 25 February 2021
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Free diagnostic tool for voluntary organisations applying for funding

Published: 23 February 2021
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Eligibility criteria for the Self-Isolation Support Payment widened

Published: 19 February 2021
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Online sessions: Important changes to Local Places for Nature Grant Scheme

Published: 18 February 2021
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Women Thrive Fund distributing grants up to £40,000 to specialist women’s organisations across UK

Published: 16 February 2021
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Warburtons Families Matter Community Grants Programme

Published: 16 February 2021
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Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust funding supporting homeless

Published: 10 February 2021
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KFC Foundation Community Grant supporting grass roots organisations in heart of our restaurant communities

Published: 2 February 2021
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£10 million further support for Welsh charities from the Moondance Foundation

Published: 1 February 2021
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National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Published: 1 February 2021
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Help the Homeless

Published: 1 February 2021
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