Neath Port Talbot CVS can provide up to date information on grants and other financial support for your project.

To speak to our Community Development team, or find out about the Grant Schemes we administer,
contact us on 01639 631246 or email at

Funding InformationFeatured FundersFunding Search ServiceGrant SchemesIntegrated Care Fund 2017/18Tendering OpportunitiesEU Structural & Investment FundsRecession Information SheetEuropean FundingFundraisingEuropean Funding Ambassador

Funding Information…

Neath Port Talbot CVS will be holding funding and information sessions throughout the year. These are aimed at voluntary organisations who are looking for advice and guidance for funding, governance or volunteering. The Funding Information Sessions will provide opportunities for voluntary groups to meet with funders or Neath Port Talbot CVS Development staff on a one to one basis, to receive advice and guidance in order to apply for funding.

To view latest funding opportunities, please CLICK HERE

Featured Funders…

BBC Children in Need

Who will they fund?

Not-for-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years and under who live in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.

Comic Relief

Who will they fund?

Grants to organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and under. We welcome proposals from registered charities and other eligible not-for-profit organisations.

Big Lottery Fund

Who will they fund?

Grants from £300 to more than £500,000 to community and voluntary groups and charities.

Peoples Postcode Trust

Who will they fund?

In 2016, Small Grants will invite applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, healthy living initiatives, upholding human rights and facilitating reconciliation projects which help disadvantaged or at-risk groups.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Who will they fund?

We fund across four main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment and Social Change – as well as through our Food funding strand. Across all our funding we aim to unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change.

Santander Foundation

Who will they fund?

The Discovery Foundation will provide grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. The Foundation’s previous three grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Who will they fund?

Organisations that support disadvantaged people play a fuller role in communities across England and Wales.

Asda Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy

Who will they fund?

Asda and Social Investment Cymru, the finance arm of Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) have launched the pioneering Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy which will provide a comprehensive package of support and funding that could help your social enterprise scale-up and access new markets.

Funding Search Service…

Neath Port Talbot CVS Development Team can provide up-to-date information on grants and other kinds of support available for your group’s activities. We have subscribed to Open 4 Community, a free basic online funding search that can help identify suitable funding opportunities for your activity or project.

You can register, or log in, by clicking here. New users will need to complete a simple registration form with your contact details and preferred password. Once registered you can conduct as many funding searches as you like.

Once you have registered to use Open 4 Community you will need to answer a few simple questions to conduct a Search for Funding for a specific project or activity. You can also use the Browse Funding facility, this selects funders firstly by type of organisation, then by activities.

If you need help, there is a User Guide in the Help and Advice section.

If you would like us to do a funding search for you, please contact us on 01639 631246
or email

To help identify the most appropriate sources of funding for you, you will need to know:

  • What you need funding for
  • How much funding you need and by when
  • The names of funders that you have tried in the past and whether you were successful or not
  • Whether or not you are a registered charity

You can use the service as many times as you need, so please get back in touch if you have a different enquiry in the future or would like an updated record of funders.

Please note – Before you can apply for grants you must have an appropriate governing document and a bank account in the group’s name. If you need help with this, please contact one of our development team.

Grant Schemes…

Neath Port Talbot CVS administers a number of small grant schemes:

Ffynnon Oer Windfarm Benefit Fund                                  

The Resolven, Clyne & Melincourt Community Project Fund for community organisations and voluntary groups based in Resolven, Clyne &   Melincourt.

What is the Resolven, Clyne & Melincourt Community Project Fund?

 This grant scheme has been set up to support community organisations and voluntary groups, including social enterprises, based in Resolven, Clyne & Melincourt.  It has been made available by Ffynnon Oer Wind Farm Ltd, operated by RWE Npower Renewables.  Neath Port Talbot CVS is co-ordinating the grant scheme.

This grant scheme is NOW CLOSED. For more information please contact Neath Port Talbot CVS on 01639 631246 or email

Support for Carers Grant Scheme

Funded by ABMU Health Board through the Carers Measure, the grant is intended for groups that support unpaid carers in Neath Port Talbot. It aims to enable organisations to engage with Carers to raise issues, share information and engage on service delivery.

Any voluntary organisation who comes into contact with unpaid carers can apply. The maximum grant that can be awarded is £600.

The deadline for applications is Friday 16th January 2017.

For further information, including the full criteria and an application form, please click here.

NPT Youth Fund

NPT Youth Fund is open to applications from groups or individuals aged between 14-25 living in Neath Port Talbot.  The activity must benefit your community, allow young people to volunteer and provide new skills or experiences. Applications can be made for between £50 – £750.

For more information and to apply, please contact Gemma Richards

Alternatively call us on 01639 631246.

If you are a young person interested in volunteering on the panel of Neath Port Talbot Youth Fund please contact / 01639 631246.

Follow Neath Port Talbot Youth Fund @NPTYF for up to date news and updates.

Integrated Care Fund 2017/18 – Large Grant Scheme for Third Sector Organisations…  

The Integrated Care Fund (ICF) Large Grant Scheme for Third Sector Organisations is now open for applications. All funding must be spent by 31st March 2018.

The key priority areas for the ICF are:

  • Older people with complex needs and long term conditions, including dementia
  • People with learning disabilities
  • Children with complex needs due to disability or illness
  • Carers, including young carers

The funding must be used to support new, or additional, provision of services and ways of working.

Projects that address the following issues will also be welcome and given priority:

  • Prevention with an emphasis on de-escalation to social care/health services
  • Expediting hospital avoidances and discharges
  • Community based transport
  • Loneliness and isolation

The deadline for applications is Friday 4th August 2017 at 4pm. Completed expressions of interest must be returned to

Download the Expression of Interest form here.

Tendering Opportunities…

There are increasing opportunities for Third Sector organisations to enter into contractual agreements to deliver public services, as a means of diversifying income streams. This will often require the need to engage in a formal procurement process, which is a huge step and time commitment for Third Sector organisations.

European Structural & Investment Funds 2014-2020…

Click the link below to find out more about the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020.

ESI Funds 2014-2020

Recession Information Sheet…

Neath Port Talbot CVS has a recession information sheet with general information on funding, looking for help and sources of information during these difficult times.

European Funding…

Through the 2014–2020 European programmes, Wales is benefiting from around £500m of EU investment in the Welsh economy each year.

EU funds present many opportunities for organisations across the public, private and third sectors to help create sustainable jobs and boost economic growth in Wales.

The following European Structural and Investment funds, as well direct payments to farm businesses, are worth over £2.4bn of EU funds and are delivered in partnership through the Welsh Government. Together with match funding from Welsh Government, other public, third and private sectors, the EU funding programmes will generate £4bn of investment in the Welsh economy:

European Regional Development Fund – helps new and existing businesses to grow and supports research and innovation, energy and infrastructure. Also includes the European Territorial Co-operation programmes, including the Ireland Wales programme.

European Social Fund – helps increase skills and employment, tackle economic inactivity and poverty, and provide support for young people.

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development – improves competitiveness for farming and forestry, protects the environment and improves the quality of life and diversification of rural economies.

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund – implements the new Common Fisheries Policy and supports the development of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

In addition, the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund pay agricultural businesses in Wales income support of around €270m a year.

 Improving opportunities through other EU funds

As well as the European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds, EU funding streams directly managed by the European Commission are adding value to our strategies for growth and jobs across Wales. Horizon 2020, worth around £65 billion, is driving research and innovation investment across the EU, while COSME, Creative Europe, Connecting Europe, Lifeplus, and ERASMUS, are investing in business competitiveness, creative and cultural industries, transport, energy and digital networks, conservation and the environment, and studying opportunities abroad.

 What type of funding are you looking for?

An online check-list (external link) is available to help you narrow down EU Funds that could be available for the type of investment you have in mind.

Publication of the EU Funding Ambassadors’ Final Report – written statement

Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance and Government Business is pleased to announce publication of the EU Funding Ambassadors’ final report “Europe Matters to Wales: EU Policy and Funding Opportunities 2014-2020” which was launched at the Europe Matters to Wales Conference in Cardiff on 17th March 2016.

The Minister appointed the panel of EU Funding Ambassadors (Dr Grahame Guilford, Dr Hywel Ceri Jones and Gaynor Richards MBE) in December 2014 to help promote and maximise opportunities presented by the directly managed EU funding programmes. The appointments were made in direct response to the Enterprise and Business Committee’s report on EU funding opportunities 2014-2020, published in July 2014, which highlighted the need to engage in and promote further the directly managed EU programmes in Wales.

This final report, which is available here, represents 15 months of investigative and promotional work by the ambassadors on a part–time and voluntary basis. During this time they have conducted an extensive programme of discussions and attended and facilitated events, at both domestic and EU level. This has included a series of meetings with Welsh Government ministers and officials, the WLGA, the WCVA, the CBI, Institute of Directors, FSB, and the Higher and Further Education sectors, together with various other partners and stakeholders involved in the deployment and delivery of European Policy Funding.

The ambassadors have also worked with their respective sectors to promote and maximise EU funding opportunities and have helped to facilitate, and have participated in, a number of key conferences and events including today’s Horizon 2020 Annual Event and the joint Welsh Government and WCVA Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion conference. They have also had a number of discussions with the European Commission and other European Institutions and their work has involved them looking across the rest of the UK and Europe to identify best practice.

The Minister said “I am extremely grateful to all 3 ambassadors for the time and effort that they have devoted to their roles and for the positive impact they have had in engaging with partners and stakeholders and raising the awareness and profile of EU funding opportunities in Wales. This work has been extremely valuable in itself but they have also set out in their final report a number of key recommendations which they believe will leave us much better placed to derive maximum benefit from the synergies between Welsh Government and EU policy priorities for the remainder of the 2014-2020 programming period. These are supplemented by a number of thematic proposals and observations.  To read the complete statement see here.


eBay for Charity programme

EBay for Charity is a free service to list your items on ebay and donate to charity at the same time – supporters can simply list for sale their unwanted gifts and items whilst opting to donate a percentage – 10% to 100% – of the final sale price of the item to your charity. This is a free service for charities and your supporters also benefit from a proportionate waiver of the eBay listing fee. To be eligible your charity needs to be registered with PayPal Giving Fund.

To find out more please go here can also download a toolkit to help you communicate to your supporters.

With decreasing resources and funding becoming even more competitive, fundraising activities can be an excellent opportunity to add to your group’s income or raise money for a specific project. There are a number of ways to undertake effective fundraising and Neath Port Talbot CVS can help support you through the process.

There are many fun and creative ways of raising money for your cause.

Why not have a Charity Curry and Quiz Night? Charity Auction? Charity Bag Pack?

For further information and ideas please access the information sheets below or contact us at Neath Port Talbot CVS  on 01639 631246 or

European Funding Ambassador…

Gaynor Richards MBE, European Funding Ambassador

With the approval of the European Social Fund 2014-2020 for West Wales and the Valleys and East Wales, our very own Director of Neath Port Talbot CVS,  Gaynor Richards MBE, was appointed  by the Welsh Government’s  Finance and Government Business Minister, Jane Hutt, AM, to the role of  EU Funding Ambassador.

Gaynor, together with Dr Grahame Guilford and Dr Hywel  Ceri Jones CMG,  served as EU Funding Ambassadors and sat on a panel that helped the Welsh Government raise the profile and opportunities of other European funding programmes directly managed by the European Commission.

The EU Funding Ambassadors used their knowledge and experience of  working within the private, public and third sectors, and of European  funding matters generally and this made Wales more successful in utilising EU funding streams for the benefit of businesses, the environment and the people of Wales.

Wales was the first nation in the UK and one of the first in the EU to have its ESF programmes approved following extensive negotiations with the European Commission.  The approval of £804 million of ESF funds followed the Commission’s approval of the £1.1 billion European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programmes, which took the total EU Structural Funds investment to nearly £2bn and this helped drive the EU and Welsh Government’s shared goals for sustainable economic growth and jobs.