WCVA is working with Welsh Government to review the provision of grants for volunteering across Wales as part of a broader vision for the future of volunteering and the services that support it.
Future of Volunteering Grants in Wales - March 2016
At a national level, grants delivery to date has been
through the Volunteering in Wales Fund and GwirVol and the
intention is to move to a single volunteering grant fund (to be
called Volunteering Wales Grants). This will cover all geographical
areas and ages, with specified priorities and themes.
Grant-making decisions will also be aligned to fit within a
financial year, an arrangement that should be better for monitoring
and administrative reporting as well as for delivery.
2016 -17 will be a transition year in the move toward a new
annual grants cycle.
Our intended timescale for the changes is that a new application
process will start by 1st September 2016 for grants to start on 1st
April 2017. Roadshows will be scheduled in different locations
during the summer of 2016 - including sessions which will be
specifically delivered for CVCs -to ensure that all our
shared stakeholders are fully briefed. We are moving towards an
electronic application process, and briefing sessions will include
explanation of this. Details of the new scheme will be available on
the WCVA website www.wcva.org.uk.
It should be stressed that all decisions relating to grants
funds which run after the Welsh Assembly elections in May 2016 are
subject to review by any new Minister with responsibility for the
sector, and so although we have started work on these anticipated
changes to the grant schemes, we would ask that any communication
regarding these acknowledges this uncertainty.
In this transition year, the intention is that organisations
currently running grant-funded projects using Volunteering in Wales
Fund or GwirVol grants will be given the opportunity to apply to
extend their projects. Current grant holders will be contacted
directly by WCVA.
These changes to grants form part of a broader vision for
volunteering for 2016-2018, We will continue to keep you informed
of developments in all these matters. In the meantime, please
contact Rhys Meredith firstname.lastname@example.org in our
Volunteering Team with any questions.