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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.

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.

Looking for funding for your project or organisation? If the answer is YES, we can help you with our new funding search facility provided by the Directory of Social Change. BAVO members are welcome to use the facilities at BAVO in Maesteg to undertake an independent search of the local or national funders. If this is not possible, we may be able to carry this out on your behalf.

We also 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 on our website for details of our next 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. BAVO has lots of resources available to help you get started and think about the best way for you. Take a look at the information section here  where you can find tips on the following:

  • Developing a Fundraising Strategy;
  • Grants – fit for funding;
  • Applying to funders;
  • Volunteer Time;
  • Fundraising Events;
  • Legacies;
  • Donations;
  • Procurement;
  • Tendering.

Take look at our BAVO simple guide to book keeping >>>

To access our service, T: 01656 810400 or E:


New Fundraising Regulator

With the launch of the Fundraising Regulator on 7 July 2016, the responsibility for regulating charity fundraising logonow passes from the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) to the Fundraising Regulator .They will deal with all new complaints raised about charity fundraising. The new body also takes control of the Institute of Fundraising’s Code of Fundraising Practice and the Public Fundraising Association’s Rule Book.

For the first time, responsibility for all the different aspects of regulating fundraising will be centred in one organisation. FRSB office will remain open during the transfer to the new regulator, providing support for members. At the end of this period, any remaining membership funds will be returned to members.

Charities and other fundraising organisations will be invited to register with the Fundraising Regulator from autumn 2016 to signal their commitment to good practice. To understand how your charity will be regulated and what this means for your organisation visit:


Suncredit 'Community Benefit' Fund supports communities immediately affected by solar farmlogos

Grants may be awarded for capital or revenue up to a maximum of £3,000.

Applications for the Fund need to be received by 2pm, 8 February 2019.

This small fund supports the communities immediately affected by the development of the Solar Farm, these being *Pen-y-fai, *Wildmill and *Laleston (*areas of benefit)

The Community Benefit Fund is being administered by BAVO the umbrella body for all local community and voluntary groups in Bridgend County Borough.

Who can apply?
The Community Benefit Fund is available to any community or voluntary group within the area of benefit* above. The fund aims to support them to carry out the aims and objectives of their organisation/s, recruit new members, involve more people from the community in volunteering and help to develop activities and/or community improvements.  Only one application can be submitted per funding round.

Download criteria and description of fund here >>>

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.

Download application guidelines here >>>

Download application form here >>>

To find out more about the fund, please contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: