Volunteering Wales Grants is a scheme funded by the Welsh Government to promote and improve volunteering in Wales.

The 2021/22 Volunteering Wales grants scheme is now open to applications

The scheme is administered by WCVA and is designed to deliver the Welsh Government’s commitment to identifying opportunities for more people to volunteer.

Volunteering has an immediate and long-term positive impact on the individual and community.  Nationally, volunteers are vital for the delivery of voluntary/third sector organisations’ missions and values.

You can still do voluntary work under Welsh Government guidelines – but must do so from home if practicable. Find out more about alert level 4 restrictions in the Welsh Government FAQs

WELL-BEING OF FUTURE GENERATIONS ACT (2015)

The Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015) aims to improve the way that Wales achieves economic, social, environmental and cultural Well-being. Through funding organisations to support and train individuals in quality volunteering opportunities, the Volunteering Wales Grant scheme will contribute to the seven goals.

The Volunteering Wales grants for 2021/22 will support volunteering projects that contribute towards ‘A Wales of Vibrant Culture & Thriving Welsh Language’ and 2 other, self-selected, Well-being of Future Generation Act (2015) goals.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Organisations must be voluntary/third sector organisations, not including political organisations, County Voluntary Councils or Volunteer centres.

Projects can start from 1 June 2021. All projects must end by 31 March 2022 and be up to the value of £20,000.

Volunteering by young people is encouraged and supported through this grant scheme and 30% of the funding available has been ring fenced to support projects that exclusively recruit young volunteers aged 11 – 25.

Applications must be received by 12 April 2021 on WCVA’s Multipurpose Application Portal (MAP).

For full details of the grant requirements please use the ‘Guidance for applicants’ linked below.

For any other queries  please contact the grants team – volwalesgrants@wcva.cymru

GUIDANCE

Guidance for applicants

Project profile guidance

The Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015) factsheet

5 Ways of working factsheet

Key terms and definitions

What financial information is required?

Youth Led Grants

Youth Led Grants is an initiative funded by the Welsh Government to support a range of volunteering projects and activities that are led and carried out by young people.

Youth Led Grants give young people a platform to become decision makers, allocating funding for youth-led volunteering that takes place in communities across Wales.

The initiative enables young people to develop skills and gain experience in youth leadership by joining grant making panels and leading local projects.

HOW IT WORKS

Each year a sum of money is distributed to the 19 County Voluntary Councils (CVCs) across Wales for a grant panel of young people (14-25) to allocate to youth-led volunteering projects in each local authority area.

Each panel decides how their application and awarding process will run and there are differences in the eligibility criteria and the size of grant awards. In some areas young people will need to be linked to an existing organisation, while in others young people can have more direct access to funding to deliver their projects.

Applications for funding should be completed by young people themselves, with support from a relevant adult where required.

YOUTH LED PROJECTS

Here are some examples of the types of activities that have been funded by the Youth Led Grants.

YOUTH LED GRANTS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

In 2021/22 the Youth Led Grants panels across Wales will be striving to support the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (2015) by improving practice and funding youth-led projects that contribute towards one or more of the wellbeing goals.

GET INVOLVED

If you would like to find out more about the Youth Led Grants in your local area get in touch with your local CVC – the full list of the CVCs in Wales can be found at thirdsectorsupport.wales/contact.

If you would like to support Youth Led Grants in Wales – get in touch with WCVA’s Volunteering Manager, Felicitie Walls – fwalls@wcva.cymru.