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.

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.

We 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 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 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.

Looking for funding for your project or organisation?.. click on our funding search platform for the third sector in Wales!

Funding Wales has been launched by Third Sector Support Wales to help third sector organisations find funding.

The site enables organisations to search hundreds of grant and loan opportunities from local, national and international sources.

To start searching for funding opportunities, visit 

In order to have the best chance of securing funding, you should also contact BAVO. 

We can provide dedicated support across a whole host of areas including sustainable funding, good governance and volunteering. 

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

Our | local funding information sheet | is full of details about small grants which are available for small groups and organisations within the voluntary sector in Bridgend County Borough. They are intended as a general guide, the contacts given will be able to provide you with more detailed information. 

Finding and Getting Money information sheets...

Take a look at our | BAVO funding information sheets | on finding and getting money for your organisation or group, which provide a wealth of information including developing a fundraising strategy, applying to funders, procurement, legacies, donations and lots more.

FREE BAVO funding event!

Funding surgery with The National Lottery COMMUNITY FUND staff

Book an appointment to meet with The National Lottery COMMUNITY FUND staff to discuss applying for funding for your project on Wednesday 11 September 2019 at Bryncethin Community Centre, Bryncethin, Bridgend, CF32 9YF. Appointments of 30 minutes available from 1- 6pm.

Every year The National Lottery Community 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.

| Read more about our funding surgery here |

If you’re interested in having an appointment at this session then you MUST register your interest with BAVO by THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER by contacting BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]

For more information please contact BAVO and our Development Officer will contact you.

FREE BAVO funding event!

Funding surgery with The National Lottery Heritage Fund staff

Book an appointment to meet with The National Lottery Heritage Fund staff to discuss applying for funding for your project.

Thursday 17 October 2019
Nolton Church Hall – Merthyr Mawr Road, Bridgend CF31 3NH
Appointments of 30 minutes are available from 10am – 3pm

This year, The National Lottery Heritage Fund has changed their focus and is particularly interested in projects concerning landscape and nature and community heritage. Their communities of focus are disabled people, young people, Black and ethnic minority communities, LGBT + and people from lower socio –economic backgrounds.  In addition, they are looking for applications from organisations who have never applied to them before.

| Read more about our funding surgery here |

If you’re interested in having an appointment at this session then you MUST register your interest with BAVO by THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER 2019 by calling T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]

Latest funding news

Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales - a pilot scheme to fund community led action bringing about positive, lasting social change throughout Wales:

  • Grants between £1,000 – £10,000 or £30,000 – £60,000;
  • For groups with an annual income less than £250,000;
  • Easy application process;
  • Guidance and support available from BAVO;
  • Open for applications 22 July 2019, closing date 31 October 2019. | Read more |

Volunteering Youth Led Grants offering up to £750 (round 2)
The Youth Bridgend Funding Group is made up of a group of young people aged 14 - 25 living in Bridgend County Borough and is funded by Welsh Government and Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). The panel members are supported by BAVO. 
The aim of the funding is to help young people to volunteer aged 14 - 25 to be more involved in community and voluntary organisations in their local community.  Deadline: 27 August 2019.  | Read more |

Our funding e-bulletins includes lots of opportunities and useful information if your organisation is looking for funding. | Read more |

| Catch up with our latest funding news by visiting our news page here |

BAVO can help and advise you when fundraising for your organisation.

With funding becoming more competitive, fundraising can be an extremely effective way to raise money and to have some fun at the same time!

Take a look at the following fundraising information sheets: 

| Developing a fundraising strategy |

| Fundraising events |

| Fundraising legacies |

| Fundraising donations |

| Payroll fundraising |

Fundraising Regulator reveals brand new Code of Fundraising Practice

The Fundraising Regulator has launched a brand new and improved Code of Fundraising Practice which will come into effect in October 2019. The changes are designed to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising.

The new code is also easier for the public to navigate, s that they know what to expect from ethical fundraising.

| Read more |

Tending to your roots: Top tips to help charitable groups succeed at online fundraising  BAVO training

Wednesday 11 Sept 2019 from 2 - 4pm
BAVO - 112/113 Commercial Street, Maesteg, CF34 9DL

Does your organisation want to become more sustainable and open up new income streams? Do you want to develop an engaged, larger supporter base? Do you need to raise unrestricted funding to help cover core running costs? Lauren Swain, Localgiving's Wales Development Manager, will speak about how small charities and community groups achieve these goals. | Read more and book here |

Top tips for funding applications training at BAVO

Thursday 3 October 2019 from 1 - 4pm
BAVO - 112/113 Commercial Street, Maesteg, CF34 9DL
COST: £25 BAVO members / £35 Non BAVO members / £50 Non voluntary sector

This half-day whistle stop tour of top tips for writing successful funding applications will provide you with the key points that funders look for when deciding who and what to fund. | Read more and book here |

Would you benefit from a fundraising health check?

Is your organisation heavily reliant on unreliable grant funding, or do you struggle to see the wood for the trees in planning ways to raise money for your organisation? The Institute of Fundraising Cymru can help.

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund’s Third Sector Skills programme, The Institute of Fundraising Cymru's Fundraising Health Check and Executive Coaching Project seeks to build fundraising knowledge and confidence in charities across Wales.

In the Fundraising Health Check, charities are matched with fundraising coaches who support them to develop new fundraising strategies. Registered charities with voluntary income (not including grant income) under £100,000 and at least two members of part- or full-time staff are eligible to apply.

In the Executive Coaching, coaches provide coaching support to individual fundraisers. Fundraisers from registered charities based or working in Wales are eligible to apply.

For application packs or for further information, contact Alison Pritchard, Project Coordinator, T: 02920 340062 or E: [email protected]

Fundraising Regulator and Fundraising Preference Service

The Fundraising Regulator is responsible for regulating charity fundraising. They deal with all new complaints raised about charity fundraising. To understand how your charity is regulated and what this means for your organisation visit:

Take a look at the | Fundraising Preference Service website | where you can choose to stop email, telephone calls, addressed post and/or text messages directed to you personally from a selected charity or charities.

Contact us:

For further information on how we can help you, contact our Development Team by contacting BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]