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 

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.

BAVO monthly funding drop-in sessions starting February 2020 …..

Bridgend Volunteer Centre – 2 Queen Street, Bridgend town centre
Every second Wednesday of the month from 1.30 – 3.30pm

Pop in to speak to our BAVO Development Officer who will provide you with funding support and guidance. BAVO members will be supported to access and provide guidance on funding applications.

For further details, call BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]

Up to a maximum of £3,000 available for community or voluntary groups in Pen-y-fai, Wildmill and Laleston

Deadline: 1pm, 2 March 2020.

The Suncredit 'Community Benefit' Fund supports communities immediately affected by the solar farm. Grants may be awarded for capital or revenue up to a maximum of £3,000 for community or voluntary groups in Pen-y-fai, Wildmill and Laleston.
Administered by BAVO, the fund supports groups to carry out their aims and objectives including recruiting new members, involving more people from the community to volunteer and helping them to develop activities and/or community improvements.

Only one application can be submitted per funding round. All previous awards need to be completed in full before new applications can be submitted the panel.

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.

| Read more and download criteria, guidelines and application form here |

BBC Children in Need funding surgery for local voluntary groups at Bryncethin Community Centre -  deadline for booking extended to 26 February

Thursday 5 March 2020
Bryncethin Community Centre, CF32 9YF 

Deadline for booking appointments extended to Wednesday 26 February..don't miss out!

BAVO is pleased to announce a day of pre-booked appointments have been organised by BAVO in collaboration with BBC Children in Need. The opportunity to access this very popular funding programme is open to voluntary and community groups that work with disadvantaged children and young people. 

Groups serving Bridgend County Borough will be able to apply for a 30 minute appointment with James Bird, a BBC Children in Need grants officer, to discuss the eligibility and potential of a project proposal.

BBC Children in Need supports stable, well-managed and effective organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 and under living in the UK (groups that work with people of all ages may also apply as long as the project is focused on work with those aged 18 and under). Disadvantaged children and young people include those affected by:

  • illness, distress, abuse, or neglect;
  • any kind of disability;
  • behavioural or psychological difficulties;
  • living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

BBC Children in Need funds two types of grants: 

  • Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years;
  • Small Grants Programme supports projects for up to three years, and includes grants up to and including £10,000 per year.

Both of these programmes are currently open to applications.

Deadline to book appointment: 26 February 2020.

| Read more and find out how to book for an appointment here |

Discover how to unlock funding for your community group at Funding Advice Day 2020

Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca Davies AM working together for Ogmore.

Discover how to unlock funding for your community group on Friday 6 March 2020 from 10am - 12pm at the Community Church, Pandy Road, Aberkenfig, CF32 9PP.

Get an overview of the funding opportunities available and have the chance to have one-to-one discussions with funders.

| Read more here |

Writing better grant applications BAVO workshop

Thursday 21 May 2020 from 10am - 1pm
BAVO - 112/113 Commercial Street, Maesteg, CF34 9DL
COST: £25 BAVO members / £35 Non BAVO members/ £50 Non-voluntary sector

This interactive workshop highlights the key points that funders look for when deciding who and what to fund. It’s a whistle stop tour of top tips for writing successful funding applications which will provide you with the tools to make your applications more effective.

| Read more and book here |

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!

| Read more here |

Funding e-bulletins...

Our funding e-bulletins includes lots of opportunities and useful information if your organisation is looking for funding. | Read more |

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?

| Read more here |

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 has launched a brand new and improved Code of Fundraising Practice which will come 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, s that they know what to expect from ethical fundraising.

| Read more |

Would you benefit from a fundraising health check?

Is your organisation heavily reliant on unreliable grant funding, or do you struggle to see the wood for the trees in planning ways to raise money for your organisation? The Institute of Fundraising Cymru can help.

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund’s Third Sector Skills programme, The Institute of Fundraising Cymru's Fundraising Health Check and Executive Coaching Project seeks to build fundraising knowledge and confidence in charities across Wales.

In the Fundraising Health Check, charities are matched with fundraising coaches who support them to develop new fundraising strategies. Registered charities with voluntary income (not including grant income) under £100,000 and at least two members of part- or full-time staff are eligible to apply.

In the Executive Coaching, coaches provide coaching support to individual fundraisers. Fundraisers from registered charities based or working in Wales are eligible to apply.

For application packs or for further information, contact Alison Pritchard, Project Coordinator, T: 02920 340062 or E: [email protected]

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:

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]