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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:

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Looking for funding for your project or organisation.. click on our new funding search platform for the third sector in Wales!

A new funding website 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. Contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E:

DEADLINE EXTENDED!....Suncredit Community Benefit grants for capital or revenue up to maximum of £3,000

Don't miss out!....

Deadline extended to 2pm, 1 March 2019.
Grants may be awarded for capital or revenue up to a maximum of £3,000.

Suncredit 'Community Benefit' Fund supports communities immediately affected by solar farm.


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:

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:

FREE BAVO funding surgery with National Lottery Community Fund staff

Thursday 14 March 2019
BAVO offices - 112-113, Commercial Street, Maesteg CF34 9DL
Appointments of 30 minutes are available from 10am – 3.15pm

BAVO Funding event – FREE!

Funding surgery with The National Lottery Community Fund staff.

Book an appointment to meet with The National Lottery Community Fund staff to discuss applying for funding for your project.

Every year The National Lottery Community Fund distributes millions of pounds of National Lottery funding to good causes. It funds not for profit and voluntary organisations to deliver projects that improve health, education, environment and improve the lives of people and communities most in need. It can fund capital or revenue projects and has two grants available.

Both funds have recently had some changes, so you are strongly advised to check the eligibility of your project on The National Lottery Community Fund website   in the guidance notes for either fund before making an appointment.

If you are thinking of applying, this is a great opportunity to talk through your project and the new application requirements.

If your project relates to sport, arts or heritage, please take a look at their blog to identify the most suitable Lottery funding.

If you’re interested in having an appointment at this session then you MUST register your interest with BAVO by Thursday 7 March on 01656 810400 or

For more information please contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: and our Development Officer will contact you.