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 funding.cymru 

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.

Funding Wales have created a new ‘coronavirus’ funding category to bring together funds that are directly supporting the voluntary sector in this time of need.


The 2020/21 Volunteering Wales Grants scheme is now open to applications!

Applications must be received by 26 May 2020 on WCVA’s Multipurpose Application Portal (MAP).

The scheme is administered by WCVA and is designed to deliver the Welsh Government’s commitment to identifying opportunities for more people to volunteer.

The Volunteering Wales Grants for 2020/21 will support volunteering projects that contribute towards ‘A Wales of Vibrant Culture & Thriving Welsh Language’ and two other, self-selected, Well-being of Future Generation Act (2015) goals. You will also be asked to identify which of the Prosperity for All priorities your activity contributes towards.

Volunteering has an immediate and long-term positive impact on the individual and community. Nationally, volunteers are vital for the delivery of the missions and values of voluntary sector organisations.

The Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015) aims to improve the way that Wales achieves economic, social, environmental and cultural Well-being. The Volunteering Wales Grant scheme will contribute to the seven well-being goals through funding organisations to support and train individuals in quality volunteering opportunities.

Organisations must be from the voluntary sector, not including political organisations, County Voluntary Councils or Volunteer centres. Projects can start from 10 August 2020, with a start date no later than 1 September 2020. All projects must end by 31 March 2021 and can be up to the value of £20,000. Volunteering by young people is encouraged and supported through this grant scheme and 30% of the funding available has been ring fenced to support projects that exclusively recruit young volunteers aged 14 – 25.

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Are you unable to apply for funding because you lack the computer skills needed?

Are your IT skills holding you and your group back?

Bridgend County Borough Council provide FREE computer courses and workshops in your area!

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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?

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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).


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 was launched a brand new and improved Code of Fundraising Practice which came 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, so that they know what to expect from ethical fundraising.

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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: www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk

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]