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 monthly funding drop-in sessions starting February 2020 …..

Bridgend Volunteer Centre – 2 Queen Street, Bridgend town centre
Every second Wednesday of the month from 1.30 – 3.30pm

Pop in to speak to our BAVO Development Officer who will provide you with funding support and guidance. BAVO members will be supported to access and provide guidance on funding applications.

For further details, call BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]

Applications open for Transformation 'Connected Communities' Large Grant Scheme April 2020 - March 2021

BAVO is inviting applications from organisations in Bridgend County Borough who are interested in an innovative and collaborative bid with potential partners for the Transformation 'Connected Communities' Large Grant scheme.

The closing date for the large grant application will be 10 February 2020 and the fund will run from April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

This grant programme wants to support and empower grant holders to use those strengths and come up with sustainable solutions to issues such as tackling isolation and loneliness, supporting older people’s safe and appropriate transition from hospital and helping older people to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.

Funding available: 
There are no set amounts, up to £50,000 will be considered for revenue funding only. Delivery must be completed by 31 March 2021, with all funds fully spent by this date. Previous and current grant holders may re-apply. If you have a current grant you can make an application but it must be for a different / additional piece of work or potentially a scaling up of something that has evidenced successful outcomes and improved cost effectiveness.

An overview of the grant priorities that we will be looking at are: 

• Improved population health and wellbeing;

• Better quality and more accessible health and social care services;

• Higher value health and social care;

• A motivated and sustainable health and social care workforce;

• A whole system approach to health and social care, focussed on health, wellbeing and preventing illness;

• Longer, healthier and happier lives.

The beneficiary groups for the funding will be:

 • Supporting the hospital to home processes;

• Combat the impact of loneliness and isolation through connecting to communities;

• Dementia support opportunities;

• Combatting frailty and looking at falls’ prevention;

• Accessible services i.e. information, advice and guidance;

• Carers wellbeing programmes and support;

• Combatting poverty.

| Read more here for guidance notes and application form |

2020-2021 capital funding available - Cwm Taf Morgannwg Integrated Care Fund

Cwm Taf Morgannwg (CTM) Regional Partnership Board  is now opening up the next round of applications for Integrated Care Fund (ICF) small scale Discretionary Capital Programme (DCP) funding, for capital projects to be completed within Financial Year 2020/21.

Applications must be returned by Tuesday 11 February 2020.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg covers the geographical areas of Bridgend County, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf . 
The fund has the following priorities:

  • Older people with complex needs and long term conditions, including dementia – which enable older people to maintain their independence and remain at home, avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions and delayed discharges;
  • People with learning disabilities – to support the development of integrated care and support services for individuals with complex needs including people with learning disabilities, children with complex needs and autism;
  • Children with complex needs - enable families to meet their children’s needs and help them stay together;
  • Carers including young carers - support carers in their caring role and enable them to maintain their own wellbeing;
  • Generally offer early support and prevent the escalation of needs and promote emotional health and wellbeing as well as prevent poor mental health.

| Read more and find out how to apply here |

Up to a maximum of £3,000 available for community or voluntary groups in Pen-y-fai, Wildmill and Laleston

Deadline: 1pm, 2 March 2020.

The Suncredit 'Community Benefit' Fund supports communities immediately affected by the solar farm. Grants may be awarded for capital or revenue up to a maximum of £3,000 for community or voluntary groups in Pen-y-fai, Wildmill and Laleston.
Administered by BAVO, the fund supports groups to carry out their aims and objectives including recruiting new members, involving more people from the community to volunteer and helping them to develop activities and/or community improvements.

Only one application can be submitted per funding round. All previous awards need to be completed in full before new applications can be submitted the panel.

What will the scheme fund?
The scheme will fund the purchase of capital items and help with the running costs of your group. Examples of this might include play equipment, IT equipment, stationery, phone and broadband connections, volunteer training. The fund will welcome match funded applications but this is not a requirement. Match funding can include ‘in kind’ support such as volunteer time and/or financial support such as income or funding from other sources.

Please note: There is not a guarantee that all applications will be funded, or funded in full, the panel’s decision is final. The panel may also prioritise local groups who have not received funding in previous years.

| Read more and download criteria, guidelines and application form here |

Volunteering Youth Led Grants offering up to £2,000!

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: Tuesday 28 January 2020. | Read more |

BBC Children in Need funding surgery for local voluntary groups at Bryncethin Community Centre

Thursday 5 March 2020
Bryncethin Community Centre, CF32 9YF 

BAVO is pleased to announce a day of pre-booked appointments have been organised by BAVO in collaboration with BBC Children in Need. The opportunity to access this very popular funding programme is open to voluntary and community groups that work with disadvantaged children and young people. 

Groups serving Bridgend County Borough will be able to apply for a 30 minute appointment with James Bird, a BBC Children in Need grants officer, to discuss the eligibility and potential of a project proposal.

BBC Children in Need supports stable, well-managed and effective organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 and under living in the UK (groups that work with people of all ages may also apply as long as the project is focused on work with those aged 18 and under). Disadvantaged children and young people include those affected by:

  • illness, distress, abuse, or neglect;
  • any kind of disability;
  • behavioural or psychological difficulties;
  • living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

BBC Children in Need funds two types of grants: 

  • Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years;
  • Small Grants Programme supports projects for up to three years, and includes grants up to and including £10,000 per year.

Both of these programmes are currently open to applications.

Deadline to book appointment: 20 February 2020.

| Read more and find out how to book for an appointment here |

Funding e-bulletins...

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

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

Our | BAVO 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.

'Let's make Caerau an even better place to live!'

Do you need funding support and advice to develop your group, project or idea in Caerau?

| Read more here |

If the answer is YES, contact BAVO's Invest Local Caerau Funding Support Worker Alex Bowen.

Pop in and have a chat with Alex on Tuesdays from 9am - 1pm at Llynfi Valley Credit Union - 117 Caerau Road, Maesteg, CF34 9BW.

You can also T: 07719 523842 or E: [email protected] (Alex works Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays).

What would you like to see at the Pavilion for your friends and family in the future?
Pitch your ideas at Invest Local Caerau's community event at Caerau Park Pavilion on Sunday 2 February 2020 from 11am - 1pm.

All ages welcome! Meet like-minded people and enjoy….

  • Free refreshments;
  • Music;
  • Raffle;
  • Kids drawing competition;
  • Emergency Services information …and lots more!

For further details contact: Laura Sampson, Rhiannon Goodall or Sherry Ann Adams; or call Alex Bowen (Funding Support Worker ILC Caerau), T: Mobile: 07719 523842, E: [email protected]

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 |

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]