Community Grants

Here we offer an overview of the grant assistance available to the voluntary sector, and relevant contact details.


Voluntary and community organisations eligible for funding are those that:

  • Are independent: an organisation must be constitutionally independent and not directly controlled by a for-profit organisation or the public sector
  • Are self-governing: an organisation must have its own internal decision making processes
  • Are non profit distributing: the organisation does not make payments (other than for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses or other payments allowed by the governing document eg for occasional professional services or for grants) to members or trustees
  • Encourage voluntarism: an organisation must benefit from a meaningful degree of philanthropy (ie gifts in kind or of time, including volunteers and non-paid trustees)
  • Are of public benefit: the organisation's objectives and activities benefit the wider public or as wide a group of people as possible with the constituency defined by its objectives


Core eligibility criteria for applications:

  • The application must clearly be to the direct and principal benefit of residents and communities in the Vale of Glamorgan
  • Applications must meet the objectives of a locally applicable strategy
  • The applicant organisation must be a voluntary group, as defined above
  • The organisation must actively promote equal opportunities in its operation and service delivery


Due to limited resources, all applicants should be able to demonstrate how a grant will contribute towards one or more of the corporate priorities of the Council:

  • Lifelong Learning: Promotion of the culture of lifelong learning for all
  • Community Leadership: Promotion of a sense of community pride and active citizenship.
  • Economic Regeneration: Promotion of a diversified and sustainable economy
  • The Environment: Promotion of the use of sustainable practices
  • Community Well Being: Promotion of a safe and healthy community in which to live

The Council cannot award these grants to individuals. To read more about individual grants schemes, please choose from the sub-menu.


Welsh Church Act Fund

The Welsh Church Act Fund is a charitable trust, independent of the Council.

The purpose is to make grants of a philanthropic nature for a wide-range of purposes such as:

  • Education: provision of benefits that are not readily available from other sources.
  • Relief in sickness: assistance where such help is not readily available from other sources.
  • Relief in need: assistance generally where there is need, hardship or distress.
  • Libraries, museums, art galleries, etc: advancing the appreciation of Welsh arts and literature in general.
  • Social and recreational facilities in general.
  • Medical and social research, treatment, etc.
  • Probation: Assistance to people on probation, or their families.
  • Assisting the Blind and Aged.
  • Places of worship and burial grounds: restoration and maintenance.
  • Emergencies or disaster relief.
  • Other charitable purposes, not inconsistent with the above.
  • Protection of historic buildings: promotion of interest in Welsh architecture, history and science in general, for the benefit of Welsh people.

Grants are made each year on a one-off basis.


  •  Are there funding priorities?

    No funding priority is indicated, but due to the level of resources available, applications are not normally accepted from individuals. Applications will be accepted from organisations located within the geographical areas of the Councils of the Vale of Glamorgan and City & County of Cardiff.

  •  What are the maximum / minimum grant levels?
    Whilst no maximum / minimum grant levels are stipulated, awards are usually in the region of £1,500.
  •  What is the timetable for applications?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year and meetings of the trustees convened to consider applications as and when required.




Contact Information

Vale of Glamorgan

Miss. G H Jones, 
Accountancy Section, 
Directorate of Finance, ICT & Property, 
The Vale of Glamorgan Council, 

Civic Offices,

Holton Road,


CF63 4RU

  • 01446 709152 / Fax: 01446 701729


Robert Giddings, 
Housing Strategy, 
Cardiff Council, 
Willcox House, 
PO Box 335 

CF11 1FP


  • 029 2053 7484