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This page gives information about some other sources of funding for groups such as grant-making trusts and statutory bodies.

The Community Foundation in Wales

The Community Foundation in Wales manages a number of different grant schemes which groups across Wales can apply to.

Some of these grants are area specific whilst others are open to applications from across Wales.

Please check their website here to find out about the current programmes that are open to applications; Community Foundation in Wales website here...

Garfield Weston Foundation Celebrates 60th Anniversary with One-Off Charitable Fund

Registered charities, places of worship and state schools in the UK can apply for the Garfield Weston Foundation’s new one-off capital fund to benefit communities.

The Garfield Weston Foundation has reached its sixtieth year of grant giving in the UK and has chosen to celebrate with a new one-off fund that offers grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 to registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools.

The Fund is exclusively aimed at supporting capital costs. Groups in need of revenue funding should apply to the Foundation’s main grants programme. Funding is available for:
• New community facilities.
• Improvement of community facilities.
• Items that require a sizeable investment eg purchase of minibus.
• Improvements to outdoor spaces and facilities for sport and exercise or community use.
• New buildings or extensions to an existing building for community use eg new kitchen, meeting room or storage facility.
• Improvements to, or renovation or refurbishment of, an existing building such as installing a toilet and servery in a rural church for community use.
• New fixed playground equipment, climbing walls or multiuse games area in a public playing field.
• Purchase of large or expensive items if it is crucial to supporting local people eg minibus for elderly day care, equipment for a training room, community café fit out.
• Purchase of land or property with a minimum of a 25 year lease with a clear community benefit.

Total project costs must be above £30,000.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2018.

Further details here (opens external webpage).

Updated January 2018

Natwest Skills & Opportunities Fund 2018

The funding is aimed at projects that will promote education, develop skills for employment and help people to start a business.

There is £2.5 million available for two funding rounds in 2018 with £2 million available for England and Wales. The funding will be split across the two rounds.

The maximum grant is £35,000 or 20% of the applicant’s previous year’s turnover. The upper limit of turnover is £10 million. There is no turnover restriction for schools or colleges.

Not-for-profit organisations, such as a charity, social enterprise, or community group can apply. State-fundedschools can also apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be based in either the UK or Republic of Ireland.
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of working in and/or with disadvantaged communities.
  • Be able to demonstrate experience in measuring impact of the projects.
  • Have a turnover of less than £10 million or be a state funded school or college.
  • Have been trading for at least two years (schools can be trading for less than two years).
  • Be able to complete the project within 18 months of the award.

Universities cannot apply directly; however, they can partner with a non-for-profit organisation which will make the application as the lead applicant.

The following organisations and projects are not eligible for funding:

  • Those that have received funding from the RBS Inspiring Enterprise programme, Large Grants programme, Skills & Opportunities Fund or the Ulster Bank Community Impact Fund in the last 12 months.
  • Those that compete with existing bank programmes.
  • A local authority or public sector body. (Councils, ministerial and non-ministerial departments, agencies andpublic corporations are not eligible for this fund.)
  • Those that are sectarian or political.
  • A university, an ex-service/veteran not-for-profit club, a trade union, fraternal, or professional society.
  • Those seeking funding for costs not directly related to the project, or for excluded activities such as personal appeals, research projects or sports teams (unless the outcomes are related to employability, enterprise or education).
  • Those seeking funding for a capital-only project. (Funding for capital costs must not exceed 25% of overall project costs.)

Projects must be able to meet the priorities set for their region and focus:

  • On a disadvantaged community within the UK or Republic of Ireland
  • On one or more of the following themes:
    • Enterprise and entrepreneurship.
    • Financial capability.

Applicants should check the regional priorities which can be found on the 'Regional priorities' pages of the SkillsOpportunities Fund.

Projects must be completed within 18 months of receiving a grant award.

A disadvantaged community could be a geographical community suffering from a high level of deprivation (this can be checked using the Index of Multiple Deprivation) or a ‘community of interest’ such as young people, lone parents, the BME community and those with disability.

No more than 25% can be spend on capital costs, which are fixed one-time expense incurred on the purchase of land, building, construction and equipment.

There are normally two funding rounds each year.

The key dates for Round 1 in 2018 are:

  • 5 February – Opens for applications
  • 23 February – Closes to applications
  • 6 April – Shortlist announced and public vote opens
  • 20 April – Public vote closes
  • 25 May – Winners are announced.

Applications must be made online and can only be made during the application period.

The country has been divided into seven regions, each with its own decision making board, in order to distribute the Skills & Opportunities Fund. Although all regions will be looking to fund projects that enable people to help themselves, each will have differing priorities recognising regional differences.

Applicants should look at their region's priorities and make sure that their application responds to the criteria.

When all applications have been received and reviewed, a shortlist of projects being considered for funding in each region will be published. Voting will then be open to the public. The outcome of the public vote will be taken into consideration by the regional judging panels.

Webpage link here.

Updated January 2018

Swimathon Foundation opens to applications

Grants are available for innovative and sustainable projects which will help more people participate in and enjoy swimming and make swimming more accessible.

Applications for 2018 will open on February 1, 2018 and close at 5pm on March 19, 2018.

Webpage link here (opens external link).

Updated February 2018

The Rudbaxton Parish Education Fund

To advance the education of children and young people under the age of 25 who live in the Parish of Rudbaxton, Pembrokeshire. The Fund will support young indivdiauls who reside in the Parish of Rudbaxton or community/voluntary groups and local charities either based in Rudbaxton or whose work directly benefits individuals under the age of 25 living in Rudbaxton.

Applications will be considered TWICE a year.

Full details of the scheme can be found here

Check the Community Foundation in Wales' website for any recent programme announcements.

Guidelines and application details for current grants available can be accessed on the Foundation's website, http://www.cfiw.org.uk/

Updated Dec 2013

The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust Grant Scheme

There are now two separate rounds a year (previously three), based on the area of operation of applicant organisations.  Projects are funded under the following priorities; sport, the arts, the environment and the community. 


  • Regional Scheme strand – where projects are capped at £7,500 is currently closed to new applications.

Funding is issued according to the geographical area that an organisation has a remit to cover.

The Trust has classified the categories as follows:
•Local Organisations - Awards of up to £2,500 are available for organisations with a remit to serve their local community or town.
•Regional Organisations - Awards of up to £7,500 are available for organisations with a remit to cover a region or local authority-wide area of Wales, ie Powys or North East Wales.

  • Local Scheme strand, where projects are capped at £2,500, had a closing date of 1st January 2018.
  • Regional strand of scheme - funding deadline will be announced once confirmed

Please note that there will no longer be a National Projects strand for this fund. 

Further deadline dates for will be listed here on publication.

Updated February 2018

Elephant Trust

The Elephant Trust was created in 1975 by Roland Penrose and Lee Miller with a view to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation
of the fine arts in the United Kingdom.

Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions.

The Trustees’ main objective is to support new work. Given The Elephant Trust’s modest resources, grants have usually been limited to £2,000, but with the recent addition of the Shelagh Wakely Bequest some larger grants of up to £5,000 may be awarded. Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions.

The following categories are not supported:
Arts Festivals
Group Exhibitions
Charities organising community projects
Educational or other studies
Residencies or research
Symposia or conferences
Projects taking place outside the UK

Application Deadlines: 3 April 2018

If you have not heard by 6 weeks after the application deadline then your application has not been successful.

Due to the volume of applications received, the Trustees reserve the right to discard any application which does not adhere to this application format.

Updated February 2018





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