A new funding portal especially for the third sector in Wales will be available from September 2018. Until then please contact VAMT if you wish to undertake a funding search.

Can we help you search for funding?

It can be difficult to know where to find new sources of funding for your group or project. VAMT can help with its database of funding opportunities. We can undertake a search for you, or you can book a slot to come in and explore the options yourself. It’s free of charge and staff will be able to assist you.

For further information about funding, please contact: Alison Harris, Third Sector Officer on (01685) 353915 or Alison.


Finding money to support your group is becoming more and more competitive. VAMT can help if you’re thinking of undertaking your own fundraising activities. These could be things as diverse as sponsored events, raffles etc to thinking about what you can do to trade.

Fundraising Information Sheets

Funding Bulletins

Institute of Fundraising

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The Institute of Fundraising Cymru supports individual fundraisers and charities in their fundraising endeavours, right across Wales. Visit their website for more information on training and events across Wales.

Local Sources of Funding

Youth Led Grants 2018

Youth Led Grants Autumn 2018 round now open – limited time only!

VAMT has recently acquired additional money to distribute youth-led projects in Merthyr Tydfil.

What could your project do with £800?

Projects must be youth-led and create volunteering opportunities.

For this round of Youth Led Grant applications, priority will be given to projects that focus on early years (0-7), housing, social care, mental health or skills & employability.

The application window is short, as the project needs to delivered and money spent by 31 March 2019.

Closing date for applications – 12 noon on Friday 14 December 2018.

For more information please contact Laura Johnson on (01685) 353900 or Laura

Ffos y Fran Community Fund

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council administers a Community Fund in respect of royalty payments received by the Council from Miller Argent Limited based on tonnage of coal extracted from the Ffos Y Fran Land Reclamation Scheme.

Further information on small, intermediate and large grants is available here .

Merthyr Valleys Homes Grants and Sponsorship

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Merthyr Valleys Homes aim to be more than a social landlord. We want to invest in the lives of our tenants and the local community in ways that will improve people's quality of lives. This is the purpose of the Grant and Sponsorship Scheme.

If you’re a community based group or organisation which provides a benefit to the local community within the Merthyr Tydfil Borough you can apply for:

  • Small grant up to £500
  • Medium grant up to £3,000
  • Sponsorship of up to £1,000

Further details available here

The Welsh Church Act Fund

Administered by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and can make small capital grants for up to £2,000 or large capital grants of up to £10,000.

A guidance note on the Fund can be found here or contact the Regeneration Team on (01443) 495151.

Sports Council for Wales
Community Chest

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Fancy £1500 towards your community sport project?

Community Chest offers grant awards up to £1500 in any 12 months towards:

  • Increasing participation
  • Improving standards

Further details available here

Tower Fund

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While primarily funding the Cynon Valley communities of Hirwaun, Rhigos, Penderyn and Penywaun, the Tower Colliery Common Fund can also support organisations in other coalmining areas with small grants.

Further details available here