Funding Opportunities

LEADER programme call in Carmarthenshire

The deadline for submission of the Expression of Interest is 16 December 2016.

The LEADER programme, which aims to support the regeneration of rural Carmarthenshire, has opened a new call for Expressions of Interest. LEADER is designed to get local people, businesses and communities involved in delivering sustainable, innovative solutions to address some of the economic, social and environmental challenges facing rural Carmarthenshire. 

The Local Action Group - Grŵp Cefn Gwlad is managing the LEADER programme in Carmarthenshire. 

LEADER is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020, which is financed by the Welsh Government and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). 

The types of projects that may be funded include:  

Pilot projects - small scale and time limited activities aimed at testing out a concept or to try an innovative technique eg piloting new ways of delivering rural services using modern technology.
Feasibility studies to undertake research into a specific issue or problem.
Facilitation and mentoring support to organisations and groups to help develop their skills and expertise.
The programme can provide financial support of up to 80% towards a project's costs.  

In this fourth call, Grŵp Cefn Gwlad is seeking innovative projects to address specific LEADER priorities within the following themes:  

Theme 1 - Adding Value to Local Identity and Natural and Cultural Resources.
Theme 2 - Facilitating Pre-Commercial Development, Business Partnerships and Short Supply Chains.
Theme 3 - Exploring New Ways of Providing Non - Statutory Local Services.
Theme 4 - Renewable Energy at a Community Level.
Theme 5 - Exploitation of Digital Technology.

Please follow this link (specific to this call) to read about the LDS objectives and LEADER priorities that we are seeking to address through this call. 

Further information on the LEADER programme can be accessed via the following link: 

The LAG can also support projects that cooperate with other geographical areas via inter-territorial or transnational working. 

If you have an innovative idea to address any of the priorities within the above themes, please contact the RDP team on 01267 242431/394; email

Morrisons Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: Unknown

The Morrisons Foundation has been set up to make a positive difference to people living in the UK. They provide match funding for Morrisons’ colleagues and offer grants to charities undertaking projects that improve people’s lives. The Foundation would like to encourage grant applications for project funding from Welsh charities, both local and national, that make a difference to people's lives and to Welsh communities.  

To find out more visit the Morrisons Foundation website.

Santander Foundation’s Community Plus
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: Up to £5,000

Community Plus grants of up to £5,000 are available for local charities or local projects of national charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials. Grants must directly help disadvantaged people in your local area. 

The only criteria for the Community Plus grants are:

  • must be a UK registered charity (or in Northern Ireland on the Deemed List)
  • must be a local charity or local project of a larger charity
  • the grant must benefit local disadvantaged people

To find our more visit the Santander Foundation website.

Welsh Government's Communities Facilities Programme
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: Up to £500,000

The Communities Facilities Programme enables community and voluntary groups, as well as social enterprises, to bid for capital grants of up to £500,000 to improve community facilities which provide services for vulnerable local people.  It operates on a rolling programme which means that applications can be submitted at any time.

Up to £500,000 is available for facilities which are:

  • needed and used by the community and offering services not duplicated in the surrounding area 
  • providing services which prevent or mitigate poverty and its effects 
  • reintroducing or preventing the loss of community services 
  • supported by and developed along with the local community 
  • strategic and can demonstrate this by evidencing it has the support of the local authority, local County Voluntary Council, Local Health Board or similar partner
  • sustainable over the medium to long term
  • providing, safeguarding or re-introducing a valuable community service such as access to a credit union, post office, library, last shop/retail outlet in the area
  • hosting skills based or other accredited training to improve the job prospects of individual beneficiaries
  • hosting local health services, exercise or healthy living activities
  • providing community IT access, broadband access and/or IT training to aid digital inclusion
  • hosting a foodbank, food co-operative, access to advice services or other activity which prevents or seeks to mitigate the effects of poverty
  • hosting activities delivered through a Welsh Government tackling poverty programme such as Communities First or Families First
  • encouraging the co-location of local groups and service providers to improve the overall sustainability of the facility
  • making the most of available funding by avoiding the duplication of services and working with other local partners in the community, public and private sectors to improve the life chances of local people.

For further information, visit Welsh Government’s website

Third Sector Loan Fund
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: £250,000 to £3 million

Loans of between £250,000 and £3 million are available to support registered charities and social enterprises working to improve the economic and social well-being of individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, within the UK.  

The funding is aimed across diversified sectors such as, but not limited to:   

  • Jobs
  • Education and training
  • Healthcare
  • Disability services
  • Children and families
  • Housing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Social and Financial Inclusion
  • Community Development
  • Ageing

The loans can be used for working capital, growth capital, property purchase or renovation and other capital expenditures. Secured and unsecured loans of between £250,000 and £3 million are available at annual interest rates of between 6 per cent and 12 per cent. The loans can be repaid over flexible timeframes within the fund's 10-year lifespan. 

The Third Sector Loan Fund has been set up by fund management company Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) with financing of £13.5 million from the high street bank Santander, £15 million from the social investment bank Big Society Capital and £1.5 million from the social finance company Social Investment Business (SIB). 

An expression of interest can be submitted at any time.  Further details are available from

The Dulverton Trust
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: Up to £30k

The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity that awards grants directly to charities operating at a national or a regional wide level.

The Trust currently supports a wide range of activities in the following categories: Youth Opportunities, General Welfare, Conservation and Preservation.  

For further information visit the Dulverton Trust website.

The Allen Lane Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: £500 - £15k

The Foundation wishes to fund work which will make a lasting difference to people's lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems, as well as projects that are aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination and that encourage or enable unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community.  

The Foundation makes grants to organisations whose work the Trustees believe to be unpopular such as:  

  • Refugees and asylum-seekers;
  • Black and ethnic minority communities;
  • Lesbian, gay and bi-sexual groups;
  • those experiencing mental health problems, violence or abuse;
  • Offenders and ex-offenders,
  • Travellers; and
  • Older people.

To find our more visit the Allen Lane website. 

Lloyds Bank Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: Up to £25k

The Foundation’s new grant programmes - INVEST and ENABLE are now open for applications. The new funding programmes invest in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives, and promote practical approaches to lasting change. Support will be adapted to the needs of small and medium sized charities (income between £25,000 and £1 million) that are committed to delivering work which breaks or prevents cycles of disadvantage.

·         INVEST – A flexible, long term core funding programme for organisations delivering clear, targeted outcomes for disadvantaged people (Grants up to £25k per annum and up to six years);

·         ENABLE – A smaller and shorter grants programme for organisations that have identified clear development needs (Grants up to a total of £15k over two years);

·         ENHANCE –provides an option of tailored in-kind support to strengthen and develop charities. If you are successful in applying for an Invest or Enable grant, we will work with you to identify whether support under the Enhance programme is right for you.

For further information and the online application process please follow this link:

Community Buildings, places of worship and faith groups
Deadline: Various
Funding: Various

This National Assembly for Wales update highlights the various funding opportunities available to organisations and groups for the construction, development and maintenance of community buildings and places of worship. Funding: Community Buildings

Garfield Weston Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: Grants of up to £100,000

On average, approximately 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from grants made by the Foundation ranging from the smallest community and volunteer projects through to large national organisations. Despite the diversity of organisations and projects the Foundation funds, the common themes are charities that demonstrate quality and excellence with projects that have clear outcomes and benefits, good leadership and sensible business plans.

To find out more visit the Garfield Weston Foundation website.

O2 Think Big Youth Project Grant
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: Grants of up to £300

The Think Big programme is aimed at benefiting and supporting young people’s projects that will involve a tangible improvement for their community or tackle a problem with society. Think Big projects must:

  • Involve people aged between 13 to 25 in the UK (view our Safeguarding Policy);
  • Help a community or address a social problem;
  • Begin within three months of being funded and completed within six months.

To find out more visit the 02 website

Oak Foundation Housing and Homelessness Grant
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: Various for South Wales

In the Housing and Homelessness Programme, Oak Foundation focus on preventing homelessness by funding sustainable solutions that improve the economic and social wellbeing of marginalised youth, adults and families. They have three priorities: promoting economic self-sufficiency; increasing the availability and supply of affordable housing; and preventing homelessness.

You can find out more on the Oak Foundation website.

Coalfields Community Grant
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: £500 - £7,000

The Coalfields Community Grants Programme in Wales can award grants from £500 up to £10,000. This programme is for community and voluntary organisations who can demonstrate that a grant will impact positively on people living in the former coalfield communities of Wales.

Grants will be made which can show an impact on the lives of people living within the former Coalfield areas within the following themes:

  • Increasing prosperity and wellbeing for the whole community
  • Moving towards low carbon communities
  • Improving the life chances for children and young people

View the Coalfields Regeneration Trust website.

Big Lottery: Awards for All Wales
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding size: £500 - £5000

Awards for All provides voluntary and community groups with a quick and easy way to get small National Lottery grants of between £500 and £5,000 for projects which aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. The programme encourages a wide range of community, health, educational and environmental projects.

You can find out more on the Big Lottery website

Big Lottery: People and Places 
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding size:  £5,001 - £1,000,000

People and Places will fund capital and revenue projects that encourage co-ordinated action by people who want to make their communities better places to live. We will support local and regional projects throughout Wales that focus on: revitalising communities, improving community relationships, or enhancing local environments, community services and buildings.

You can find out more on the Big Lottery website.

Tackling Poverty Small Grants Fund
Deadline: Ongoing

The Tackling Poverty Small Grants Fund will be used in Communities First clusters to benefit education initiatives, play facilities, child care, and job opportunities. The 52 Communities First Clusters across Wales will initially receive £50,000 for the next two financial years to support their work and will be able to apply for further funding from the remaining £400,000.  All projects will be required to demonstrate their relevance to the Tackling Poverty Agenda and how they contribute to the activities of the Communities First Cluster.

To find out more contact your local Communities First cluster. 

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: Up to £30,000

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation grants programme supports projects in the UK which address issues in Rural Communities and/or areas of Urban Deprivation. Within these two main headings, ther are interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage; Disability & Health Care.

Find out more on the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation website.