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Funding Newsflash

Many congratulations to 12 CIW registered clubs in Swansea who were awarded outdoor play grants from Swansea County Council to purchase new outdoor play equipment.





Sports Wales Community Chest and Development Grant


Community Chest offers grant awards up to £1,500 in any 12 months towards:

  • Increasing participation
  • Improving standards

Who can apply?

Any group that holds an account (be it a Bank, Building Society or Credit Union account), in their organisation's name. You'll probably be one of the following:

  • Sports Club or Association
  • Youth Club
  • Community Group

Please note, you will need to submit evidence that your organisation holds a valid account in its name with your application form, as failure to do so may delay your application from being assessed.

Who cannot apply?

  • Primary / secondary schools arranging activities for their pupils
  • Individual members of the public
  • Local Authorities
  • Organisations whose proposed project has already started.

In addition the following activities / project elements cannot be funded:

  • Personal items of equipment or kit
  • Catering and hospitality
  • Medals, certificates and trophies
  • Sports tours
  • One-off events with no links to ongoing activities
  • Day-to-day running costs
  • Projects that have already started
  • Projects where the activity takes place outside of Wales
  • Insurance / League fees / affiliation / activities deemed part of the "core" business of the applicant
  • Physical activities such as gardening, DIY, environmental improvements, performance dance or circus skills
  • Maintenance, repair or replacement of current equipment or facilities (however consideration will be given to replace equipment that no longer complies with current legislation)
  • Memberships
  • Capital projects (projects that involve building or buying land)
  • Financial support for individuals

How to apply

Community Chest is run in partnership with the 22 Local Authorities in Wales.  To apply for a grant click on the "Apply Online" button on the website to access the Sport Wales Grants Portal, from there you can fill in the online Community Chest application form.  When you submit your application it will be automatically emailed to the Local Authority that you indicate your project is taking place in, on the 'About the Project' page of the application form.

Throughout the application form, if you require more information or guidance about a section or question, click on the nearest blue question mark   where some more information will be displayed.

When completing your application, please ensure you attach all requested documents, especially evidence of your organisation's account (be it a Bank, Building Society or Credit Union account), so that the processing of your application is not delayed.
Following submission of your application form, you will be updated on its progress as it moves from stage to stage through the award process, via email.

Before applying, please read the 3 "Help" PDF documents, as they will give you an idea of what information is required as well as explain how to apply for a grant using the Sport Wales Grants Portal.





The Ashley Family Foundation

The Ashley Family Foundation (formerly the Laura Ashley Foundation) is a UK registered charity, founded by Sir Bernard Ashley and his wife Laura Ashley following the success of the Laura Ashley brand.

The Ashley Family Foundation continues to award grants to projects that fit the family ethos of protecting rural communities and encouraging participation in the arts.

As a guide The Foundation, for the past few years has had a policy of giving half the funds to Welsh projects.

The Ethos of the foundation is primarily to strengthen rural communities, particularly those within Wales. Both in terms of social development and environmental aspects its purpose is to give back to the communities that helped the family develop the company into an international success. Added to this are the promotion and support of traditional family values often related within rural communities.

  • Current policy is to favor revenue proposals over capital gains
  • Final decision remains at the discretion of the Board of Trustees
  • If you wish to submit a proposal please take a look at how to apply and contact them to talk through your project
  • Funding rounds for 2019 will be held in February and October.

Applications to the Ashley Family Foundation are now made online. We encourage all applicants to read the grants criteria on the funding page of the website and to speak to them before applying.





The Princes Trust Countryside Fund

Funding is available for projects operating in the UK that can have a long-term positive effect on rural communities.

Applications will be accepted from organisations operating in the United Kingdom.  Applicants can be, but do not need to be, charities. They may be operating as: Community Interest Companies; Companies limited by guarantee; Charities; Not for profit organisations; Social enterprises; Unincorporated associations.

Grants must result in things that directly relate to the Fund's objectives to: Improve the prospects of viability for family farm businesses. Sustain rural communities and drive economic vibrancy. Support aid delivery in emergency and building resilience.

The Fund can pay for a portion or the entirety of the costs of a project, as either a one-off grant or as ongoing support. Applications for match funding in order to support a bid for other grants that meet the Fund's objectives will be considered. Where an applicant is requesting at least £25,000 from the Fund, or where the sum applied for is 50% or more of the overall cost of a project, the project team must be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Trustees that they have investigated alternative sources of funding to meet their needs and that this alternative funding is not available.

Application guidelines for 2019 can be found at the website below. 






Good Luck- and please tell your Childcare Business Development Officer if you have successful applications so we can share your news with others!  If you have any funding queries, comments or suggestions, email us!  


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