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 your 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:

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!

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

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

Don’t miss…

21/22 ICF Revenue funding launched – Children and Young People’s Fund
Applications are for third sector / not for profit organisations who are providing support to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Bridgend County Borough, particularly those with complex needs, young carers and/or those deemed at risk/vulnerable.  Successful applications are not likely to exceed £10,000. Read more…

Volunteering Youth Led Grants offering up to £2,000 now open!
Deadline: 21 July 2021.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. Read more …

Latest funding news…

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The Be Active Fund offers two grants to address different challenges faced by clubs and organisations

Published: 1 June 2021
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Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales – funding for complex social issues

Published: 1 June 2021
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Funding for projects that create special experiences in maritime or outdoor pursuits

Published: 18 May 2021
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Community grants to a range of community groups and organisations to help to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities

Published: 11 May 2021
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Create – National Lottery Programme funds development and creation of arts experience

Published: 10 May 2021
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War Memorials Trust grants available to support repair and conservation works following best conservation practice

Published: 5 May 2021
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