Grants deadline looms for volunteer groups in Wales

Welsh organisations looking for financial help to recruit volunteers have until the end of the month to apply for funding from the Volunteering in Wales Fund.

The fund was established by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action to boost volunteer numbers and provide support and skills training in order to promote best practice in volunteering in Wales.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available for the first year, with the opportunity to apply for second and third-year grants of up to 50 per cent of the previous year’s funding. Any voluntary organisation working or planning to work in Wales is eligible for the programme.

“The scheme helps a wide range of organisations, from the small community-based groups to the large nationwide charities,” said Mark Bendon, senior grants assessor at the fund. “The common feature is that all involve new volunteers and all must be trained.”

In 2005/06, the programme helped recruit and train more than 6,000 volunteers across a number of organisations. Last year, the Flintshire Citizens Advice Bureau was granted the full £25,000 award to employ a community café coordinator, train volunteers, appoint committee members and staff and pay insurance, rent rates and volunteer expenses.

Organisations have until 28 September to apply for grants. For more information, contact the WCVA helpdesk on 0800 2888 329 or help@wcva.org.uk.


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