To apply for the LDTCS you will need to register with eTender Wales, Welsh Government's online application portal. If you have previously registered with eTenderWales, you can log in by entering your username and password on the home screen. Organisations can register by visiting the website.

  • eTenderWales may look a little unfriendly but please do not let this put you off as there is support service available via bravosolution.
  • Once you have an account set up with eTenderWales you will be able to access other funding opportunities advertised in Wales along with the LDTCS.
  • Using eTenderWales enables you to submit your online application in a secure environment.
  • Applications will be assessed as to how closely they meet the priorities of the LDT Communities Scheme along with evidence of need for project activities, local community support, the anticipated impact, sustainability, viability and value for money.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome via email.


Applications may be submitted in Welsh. The Welsh version is available on eTenderWales. Any application submitted in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application submitted in English.

Once you have accessed the application form via eTender, you can choose to download the form as an excel document and work on it offline. You may find this a much more convenient way of displaying the questions and entering your responses. Once done you can then re-import the information into eTender. You'll also need to download the project profile and the accompanying guidance sheet from eTender to allow you to fill in your budget and targets. See the information sheet for download on the right hand side of this webpage for a step by step guide of how to do this.


How the Fund will work


Main Grants:

The Fund will offer grants of £5,000 to £49,999 for projects that meet one or more of the scheme's 3 themes, with opportunities to apply twice a year, in Spring and Autumn. There will be a one-stage application process for these grants, with detailed guidance and sources of support published on the LDT Communities Scheme Fund website. Decisions will be announced approximately 8 weeks after the grant submission deadline. Projects funded in 2018-19 can run for a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 36 months.

Larger Grant:

The Fund will also award one larger grant each year for projects of national significance. This 'nationally significant'  grant will be from £50,000 up to £250,000 for a project that meets two or more of the Scheme's three themes. There will be a a two-stage application process for these applications. Applications can be submitted on the same form as the main grants for the first stage. Further details from the highest scoring applications will then be requested before a final decision is made. There will be one opportunity to apply for this larger funding stream per year.

Application Process:

Applications will be made through an online grant portal - eTenderWales. There will be guidance and support to help walk you through this process and if you submit your application at least two weeks before the grant deadline, we will review the application for eligibility and let you know of any problems so that these can be addressed. We strongly encourage applicants to take advantage of this review service.

Please make note of the deadline for applications, the eTenderWales application form will close at midnight on the deadline date. We are unable to accept any applications which do not make the deadline

Applications will be assessed as to how closely they meet the priorities of the LDT Communities Scheme along with evidence of need for project activities, local community support, the anticipated impact, sustainability, viability and value for money. There is no requirement for match funding - i.e. grants can fund 100% of project costs - but any match funding that is secured will help demonstrate value for money. Volunteer time can be counted as a source of match funding. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email.

Grants to successful applicants will either be paid upfront or in 6-monthly installments, depending on the size of the grant. Applicants will be not be able to reapply to the Fund during the time than their project is running unless it is to fund a different project in another location or with a different set of activities. Monitoring reports will be required every six months through an online reporting system. Successful projects will receive support and guidance about how to use this as part of their grant offer.

Upcoming Dates - Round 1

  • Fund open for applications - 30 April 2018
  • Closing date for applications - 26 July 2018
  • Notification of outcome - September 2018
  • Funded projects start - October 2018

Future Dates - Round 2

  • Fund open for applications - October 2018
  • Closing date for applications - January 2019
  • Notification of outcome - March 2019
  • Funded projects start - April 2019

 

 LDT Grants process flow chart (April 18)