Friday, 29 July 2016

Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund Invites GB Applications

The Greggs Foundation's Community Projects Fund provides grants of up to £2,000 to not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales for projects or for providing equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities.
These include people who are:
  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness.
  • Living in poverty.
  • Voluntary carers.
  • Homeless.
  • Isolated older people.
  • Other demonstrable significant need.
Eligible projects should improve resilience within a community of interest and can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks.
The Foundation is also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting the community of interest.
Eligible projects should also be able to demonstrate that they have achieved at least one of the following Key Performance Targets for their beneficiaries:
  • Decreased social isolation.
  • Improved health and wellbeing.
  • Improved resilience/coping mechanisms.
  • Improved life skills.
  • Improved opportunities.
The Local Community Projects Fund is administered by seven charity committees throughout Great Britain.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2016. 

Greggs Foundation’s Environmental Grants Scheme Opens

Using money from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops, the Greggs Foundation has established the Environmental Grants scheme offering grants for projects which make a difference to local areas, with preference given to projects which include one of more of the following:

  • Improves the local environment.
  • Insures involvement of local communities.
  • Delivers a sustainable and measurable difference.
  • Supports people in need.
Not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of £300,000 or less as well as schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply now for grants of up to £2,000.
Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate that their project delivers improvements against at least one of the following Key Performance Targets:
  • Delivers real environmental benefit.
  • People have better access to/are more likely to use their local environment.
  • People have improved their lives through participation in an environmental activity.
  • Activity delivers not only an immediate improvement but also an ongoing plan to ensure the improvement is sustained.
Organisations that are based near Greggs shops will be given priority.
The deadline for applications is 30 September 2016. 

HLF - Resilient Heritage Programme Opens to Applications throughout UK

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has opened new £8 million annual investment programme, Resilient Heritage, to support UK based organisations to build their capacity or achieve strategic change in order to improve the management of heritage in the long term.
Not for profit organisations and partnerships led by not for profit organisations are invited to apply for grants of between £3,000 and £250,000. As Resilient Heritage is a flexible programme it has the ability to support a wide range of activities. Examples of what can be funded include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Activities to support a group taking on new responsibility for heritage, such as working with a local authority on an asset transfer process.
  • Conducting a viability appraisal or feasibility study looking at transforming the use of a historic building or other heritage asset.
  • Investigating and trialling new approaches to fundraising, trading or other income generating activities.
  • Conducting research into engagement with existing and potential audiences and customers, and identifying improvements that can be implemented.
  • Paying for specialist support to undertake a review of governance and an audit of trustee skills, and implement changes.
  • Getting advice and support from a professional to review the business and operating model, develop a new business plan for the organisation and implement the key stages.
  • Exploring alternative income streams and testing new approaches, which might include improving how the organisation demonstrates its social impact in order to attract a wider range of investors.
  • Identifying opportunities to reduce negative environmental impacts and make efficiency savings.
  • Providing short-term staff cover to release senior personnel from some of their duties, to increase their capacity to work on activities critical to organisational development.
  • Identifying and paying for training for staff, volunteers and trustees to support the organisational changes necessary.
  • Providing support for networking and mentoring activity to enable the organisation to increase its reach and impact.
  • Ensuring the organisation is prepared to take on a future capital project through undertaking specialist work such as condition surveys and initial planning to demonstrate long-term financial sustainability.
  • Exploring options for winding down or merging with another organisation, including getting support in passing on responsibility for a heritage asset to ensure it is well managed in the long term.
  • Exploring options on behalf of a group of organisations, for example, around the establishment of more formal networks or partnerships, and developing new strategic plans and approaches to looking after shared heritage.
Partnerships between heritage organisations and service providers, and umbrella organisations, can also apply for funding for activities such as training and capacity building for organisations with responsibility for managing heritage.
Applications above £100,000 will need to make a contribution of 5% towards the total project cost, made up of cash, volunteer time, non-cash contributions, or a combination of all of the above.

There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted online at any time. 

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Communities First South Cluster

Performance and Monitoring Officer

NJC pay Scale Points SCP 25 - 28

 £22434 - £24717. (37 hours per week)

 Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil are looking to recruit for this post on a fixed term contract, this post is currently funded until 31st March 2017.  The post may be offered on a secondment basis.

The post holder will have overall responsibility for establishing, implementing, monitoring and maintenance of Results Based Accountability (RBA) performance measurement systems, processes and procedures as part of the South Cluster Local Delivery Plan. Communities First is a Welsh Government Community Focused Tackling Poverty Programme. The programme supports the most disadvantaged people in the most deprived areas of Wales with the aim of contributing to alleviating persistent poverty.  Please click on the links below for more information.

 Personal Specification                   Job Description  

             Application Form

 The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 29th July

The interviews will be held on the morning of the 4th August

Funding Workshops for childcare settings

Monday, 18 July 2016

COAL National Tour - Welsh Dates in Caerphilly

Unique opportunities to engage with COAL
Gary Clarke Company will deliver a range of inspiring engagement activities to support the national tour of COAL.

This includes offering schools, colleges and universities the chance to experience an outstan workshop and show package. Students will take part in an individually tailored workshop led by members or the company, watch a live performance of COAL and be invited to give a critical response to choreographer Gary Clarke as part of a unique post show discussion.

 Gary is also looking for women aged thirty plus to join him, his seven dancers and a live brass quintet on stage as part of the cast of COAL. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a unique contribution to this story, a remarkable tribute to the people living in the coalfields. No experience necessary.

 For further information about these opportunities, please visit:
Further information on the national tour, plus details of performances for schools and colleges  are available here

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

BUPA Caring for Carers Fund Open for Applications

The Foundation's funding programmes will be developed around clearly defined themes and reflect important factors that underpin health and wellbeing. These include mental health, ageing well, managing long-term conditions, behaviour change and healthy living.

Each round will focus on a different theme. The theme of the second funding programme is Caring for Carers, and is now open to not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises and community interest companies, based and operating within the UK.

The Foundation recognises that carers are often under significant pressure, with many finding that caring can take its toll on their own health. The Bupa UK Foundation is looking to fund practical projects that will help unpaid adult carers to support, manage and improve their own health on a day to day basis.

Small grants of up to £15,000, medium grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 and large grants exceeding £50,000 are available for practical projects or initiatives which will:

  • Focus on the health needs of unpaid carers, rather than on those they care for.
  • Support adult carers aged over 25 years and above.
  • Address the day to day needs of carers.
  • Engage and support unpaid carers directly.

Projects which address the needs of the following will be particularly welcome:

  • Carers that are juggling work and caring responsibilities.
  • 'Sandwich carers' looking after both young and old.
  • The increasing number of elderly people who are caring for other elderly people
To be eligible, all projects must:
  • Have a direct impact on people's health and wellbeing.
  • Be clearly for public benefit.Take place within the UK.
  • Be delivered within one to two years.
The deadline for first stage applications is 12 August 2016 (midnight).  Further details at

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Congratulations! Merthyr Tydfil Groups' success in Awards for All Funding

Congratulations to Fir Tree Community Association in Quakers Yard, Global Village, the Cooking for Pleasure Group and Ynysfach Older Persons Wellbeing Group on their recent successful applications for Awards for All.  Awards for All is National Lottery funding for grassroots local projects.

Further information on Awards for All, plus application forms can be downloaded from

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Merthyr Tydfil Business Club Board Member Vacancies

Are you committed to promoting and enhancing the business profile and perception of Merthyr Tydfil?

 Since 2009 Merthyr Tydfil Business Club has provided a forum where business people can exchange ideas and discuss matters of mutual interest and concern.

 The Board of Directors manage the business of the company (including the club). The board is looking to recruit three new board members to join the Board. Board members are required to attend meetings of the Board and the annual AGM (usually one hour meetings x 11 meetings p.a) and where possibly attend club events which are held before or after the board meetings.

 Membership is non-remunerated.

 If you would like to apply please complete the attached application form, returning it to
Application form is  here  Role and responsibilities information is here
Alternatively if would like to have a chat about becoming a Board Member you can contact Helen by telephone 07984 688 558.  

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