Could your organisation benefit from FREE bespoke support to become more effective and sustainable?
Organisations working with natural assets need to balance the
interests of the environment and local communities with achieving
long-term financial security.
Cynnal Cymru and the Wales Co-operative Centre are looking for 6
community-based environmental organisations in Wales to undertake a
development journey that will ensure they have strong financial,
governance and management foundations.
With funding from the Co-op Foundation, we are offering a free
support programme that will focus on building capacity and
confidence in the areas of forward planning, financial management,
human resources, legal compliance, Board governance, public
accountability, marketing and communications, and environmental
Successful applicants will receive a root and branch review of
their development needs whilst also exploring local and national
pressures and opportunities.
This will be followed by a bespoke support programme designed to
increase their effectiveness and capacity to deliver their
objectives and meet community needs. Topics may include Board
duties and recruitment, Business Planning, Stakeholder Engagement,
Partnership and Collaboration, Annual Reporting, Asset Transfer or
others that are identified as relevant.
Techniques will include mentoring, training, one-to-one advice
sessions, networking and shared learning. Applicants will typically
receive between 5 and 8 days of free support each.
Peer learning and disseminating new skills and techniques are
important aspects of this programme. Applicants will need to be
willing to join a peer-learning and support process. They will need
to be able to cascade knowledge and new techniques to others in the
sector by engaging with at least 3 other local organisations to
share in some of the training and support sessions.
A small budget will be provided to successful applicants to
cover the costs associated with these aspects.
This is a Wales-wide programme that will run from November 2019
to March 2021 and is open to all environmentally-focused
community-based organisations. We particularly want to hear from
organisations that are managing green spaces or other natural
Selection of successful applicants will be through a simple
application form followed by a short telephone interview. For more
details and an application form please contact
Applications will close on the 27th
What the Applicant will receive:
· 1 day Business Diagnosis
· 1-2 days Action Plan design
· 2-3 days of training /support
· Participation in 1 shared learning network meeting
· Invitation to end of project "legacy" event
. Limited financial assistance to host networking and shared
What is required from the applicant:
You need to be able to allocate time and staff to both receive
and help the delivery of project benefits from Cynnal Cymru and the
Wales Co-operative Centre.
We require you to identify and engage with at least 3 other
community-led environmental organisations in your area that can
join us in a process of knowledge-sharing, training and
Use of your premises for training/meetings
Provide us with information, quotes and photos for use in
promoting and reporting the success of the project
Quarterly progress reports and a detailed case study.
For more info and an application form get in touch with