Monday, 10 December 2018

Rural Action Cwm Taf LEADER Fund is now open

The Rural Cwm Taf Local Action Group are now inviting expressions of interest for the Rural Development LEADER fund.  Funds are available for community projects in the following electoral divisions across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf. 

  • Bedlinog
  • Cyfarthfa
  • Maerdy
  • Merthyr Vale
  • Plymouth
  • Rhigos
  • Treharris
  • Vaynor
  • Ynysybwl
 We can only fund revenue costs and you must find at least 20% match funding to contribute to the project.  Please note that we cannot support existing projects or projects that would provide a direct benefit to your organisation.  This fund is for project ideas which have not been tried in our area before.
Due to the amount of documents included in the application pack, if you are interested in submitting a project idea for consideration please contact Jo Davies directly so she can meet with you to give you information about the fund and provide you with the relevant forms (please state whether you would like the application pack in Welsh or English).  Jo can be contacted on 01685 727089
Expressions of Interest must be received by 5pm on Thursday 31st January 2019 and can be submitted in hard copy or electronically.


Thursday, 6 December 2018

Deputy Leader Vacancy with Plant Bach

Plant Bach Pre-School in Penydarren have a temporary vacancy for a Deputy Leader.  Job description is available here

Application Packs are available by e mailing

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Inform December 2018

If you're a member of VAMT you'll receive your hard copy of Inform through the post very shortly. For a sneak preview of the electronic copy click here

Thanks to everyone as always for their contributions.

VAMT Job Vacancy - Community Zone Information and Advice Officer


£18,746 y flwyddyn (pro rata)
28 awr yr wythnos – contract penodol am 6 mis

Byddwn yn darparu’r pwynt cyswllt cyntaf ar gyfer aelodau o’r cyhoedd a darparwyr/sefydliadau sy’n cael mynediad at Barth Cymunedol y Gurnos. Byddwch yn gyfrifol am hyrwyddo a chefnogi’r gwasanaethau sydd ar gael a darparu gwybodaeth  cyngor a chymorth ar draws amrywiaeth o sianeli cyfathrebu yn cynnwys dros y ffôn, wyneb yn wyneb a digidol.

Am wybodaeth bellach a phecyn ymgeisio ewch i neu gysylltu â
Carol Hindley yn GGMT ar 01685 353908

Y dyddiad cau ar gyfer ymgeisio yw 17 Rhagfyr 2018.  

Elusen Gofrestredig 1118403
Cwmni Cyfyngedig Drwy Warant 6058360


£18,746 per annum (pro rata)
28 hours per week - fixed term contract for 6 months

You will be providing a first point of contact for members of the public and providers/organisations accessing the new Gurnos Community Zone. You will be responsible for promoting and supporting the services available and providing information, advice, and assistance across a range of communication channels including telephone, face to face and digital.

For further details and an application pack please visit or contact Carol Hindley at VAMT on 01685 353900.

The closing date for applications is 17th December 2018.

Registered Charity 1118403
Company Limited by Guarantee 6058360

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Food Provision

Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil have been asked to undertake a brief exercise to map the work that voluntary and community groups are doing across the borough to support people who may be having difficulty accessing good quality, nutritious food.  We'd then like to bring partners together at a workshop session to be held in February to discuss food and nutrition further.  We'd be grateful if you could complete the  short survey below by 15 January 2019.
Thank you for your help in advance.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Weston Charity Awards opens today

Do you want to increase the impact of your small charity and safeguard its future? The Weston Charity Awards offer a year’s strategic planning support and a core grant of £6,500 to the winning charities.
The Awards celebrate and support great front-line charities in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales working in the fields of youth, welfare and community. Charities with incomes under £5 million can apply from 3rd December 2018 and by 11th January 2019. 
Last year, five charities in Wales were among the 20 winners. The Welsh winners were:
  • Cardiff City FC Community Foundation
  • GISDA in Gwynedd
  • Recovery Cymru in Cardiff
  • Swansea Young Single Homeless Project
  • Paul Sartori Hospice at Home in Pembrokeshire
They have all been matched with volunteer business coaches called Pilotlighters and are currently participating in a programme of strategic planning and mentoring. In 2019, could this be you? 

Voluntary Arts Wales want your views

For more information click here

Monday, 26 November 2018

Fund for Wales Opening for Applications

 The Fund for Wales is open to applications from the 1st of December. Deadline for submitting an application is the 31st of January.

 Grants of £500 to £1,000 are available for small, volunteer-driven community groups whose projects aim to deliver one of the five following outcomes:

·         Improving people’s chances in life

·         Building stronger communities

·         Improving rural and urban environments

·         Encouraging healthier and more active people and communities

·         Preserving heritage and culture

 More information available on the Community Foundation in Wales website -

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Youth Led Grants 2018

Youth Led Grants Autumn 2018 round now open – limited time only!

VAMT has recently acquired additional money to distribute youth-led projects in Merthyr Tydfil.

What could your project do with £800?

Projects must be youth-led and create volunteering opportunities.
For this round of Youth Led Grant applications, priority will be given to projects that focus on early years (0-7), housing, social care, mental health or skills & employability.

The application window is short, as the project needs to delivered and money spent by 31 March 2019.

Closing date for applications – 12 noon on Friday 14 December 2018.

Application and guidance can be found at

For more information please contact Laura Johnson on (01685) 353902 or