Community Resource update February 2024

Every month my community engagement team create a community resource to share with community groups and local organisations to find grant information, upcoming opportunities, training and events that might be of interest to many of you.

Grants & Support 

British Gas Energy Trust Grants 

Individuals and Families Fund: re-opened on 4th December and will expect to close at the end of March 2024 The fund is available to BG and Non-BG customers with debt of up to £2,000 on a credit energy account or those on a pre-payment meter, in your main residence & in the name of the applicant in England, Scotland, or Wales. 

British Gas Energy Support Fund: is open to British Gas credit or pre-payment meter customer living in England, Scotland, or Wales. You must be seeking a grant to clear an outstanding electric and/or gas debt between £250 – £2,000 & be facing Fuel Poverty on a current or open gas, electricity or dual fuel energy account in your name or be a member of that household, 

For more information on these and to read the full criteria of all 3 debt relief grants please visit: 

British Gas Energy Trust White Goods Fund: The new white goods fund will offer refrigerators, freezers, electric cookers and washing machines. Both British Gas and non-British customers in England and Wales can apply through referral. For more information on this fund please visit: 

More grants available to help individuals can be found via 


The National Lottery Community Fund launch Sustainable Steps Wales – Green Careers to support projects that will help young people in Wales (16- 30) with disabilities or from minority ethnic backgrounds. Partnerships are invited to apply for up to £3 million to enable these young people to consider a green career, offering skills, work experience and employment. To find out more click on this link: 


The Community Ownership Fund Community groups can apply for up to £250,000 (£1m in exceptional circumstances) to purchase or lease a building or land which is used for the wellbeing or social interest of the local community. This could include green spaces, libraries, cultural spaces, leisure facilities, community centres, pubs etc. Round 3 closes 31 Jan 24. The Scheme runs until March 25. 

➢ For more info click here: 

For more information on what support you can access across the UK click here: 

➢ More info on support 

Community Foundation in Wales Cost of Living Crisis Fund: For groups providing services and activities that will make a huge difference to local families and individuals facing crisis and hardship due to the cost of living crisis. Grants will cover core and/or project costs to groups that can demonstrate they are providing services to the community to help alleviate situations of crisis and hardship. Groups can apply for a maximum grant of £5,000 a year for up to 3 years. Deadline Monday 29th January 2024 


Grow Wild with Kew Gardens: Grants of up to £2,000 are available for Urban Nature Projects (UK) led by Community, youth and voluntary groups from across the UK that want to bring local people together to transform an urban space by sowing and growing UK native wildflowers and/or plants. Successful groups will receive their Community Grant funding in April and projects need to be completed by the end of October 2024. Deadline 3pm on 30 January 2024. For more info & to 


The Pen Y Cymoedd Community Wind Farm Fund CiCLtd Micro Fund for Community & Business is Open: The Micro Fund offers one-off grants up to £6,500 to support important aspects of community life and to support enterprise development. Round 15 of the Micro Fund opened on 1st December and closes in mid Feb 2024. For more information please visit:


Pen Y Cymoedd Sustain Spaces Grant: Grants of up to £10,000 are available to all organisations and businesses that are improving the environment and community spaces in the Pen Y Cymoedd grant fund area. Find out more by calling 01685 878785 or emailing [email protected] 


Coalfields Regeneration Cyllid cyflym ar gael yn awr! Fast Track funding now! 

Os ydych yn gymwys, gallwch sicrhau hyd at £2000, gall hyn hefyd gael ei ddefnyddio fel cyllid punt wrth bunt tuag at project mwy o faint. If eligible you could secure up to £2000, this can also be used as match funding towards a larger project. Dyddiad cau 21 Chwefror - Deadline 21st February 

Neud cais - Apply: 


Nature Save Trust: The theme for this funding round is sustainable food - community projects working to reduce food waste and food insecurity. Organisations eligible to apply include charities, social enterprises and grassroots community organisations. In previous funding rounds, the Trust has awarded grants of between £500 to £2,500. Deadline 29th February 2024. For more information go to: 


Delamare Foundation Fund £1000 up to £5000 Grants for charities and other organisations based in England, Scotland and Wales whose work benefits local communities. Deadline Thursday 29th February 2024. Decisions will be made in April, and funding granted in May. For more information visit 


UK Government Shared Prosperity Fund RCTCBC Community Grant 

Cronfa Ffyniant Gyffredin Llywodraeth y DU - Grant Cymunedol Cyngor Rhondda Cynon Taf: Round 3 – Is now open for applications and will be accepting submissions made between 29 January 2024 8 March. Mae Rownd 3 bellach ar agor ar gyfer ceisiadau a bydd yn derbyn ceisiadau sy'n dod i law rhwng 29 Ionawr 2024 ar 8 Mawrth. 

- Lower Level Grants: Ar Gyfer Ceisiadau Grant Lefel Is £1,000 - £14,999 

- Medium Grants: Ar Gyfer Ceisiadau Grant Lefel Ganolig £15,000 - £49,999 

To request advice or support email - I ofyn am cyngor neu gymorth, e-bostiwch [email protected] or / neu 01443 425368. 


The Matthew Good Foundation Grants for Good aims to support small charities, not-for-profit groups and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community or the environment. The Fund will share £15,000 between five shortlisted projects every three months. As well as established projects and charities, the Foundation wants to hear from people with innovative ideas that need some funding to get their projects up and running. Applicants need an income of less than £50,000. Next deadline: 15th March 2024 For more info / to apply go to 

RCT Youth Led Grants: Aged 14-25? Got a great idea about how to make brilliant things happen in your community? You can apply for up to £1,000 by sending a video, writing a poem, telling a story, filling in an application form, or another way. It does not matter how you apply, as long as the project is delivered by young people! What do you plan to do? What difference will you make? How is it led by young people? How much will it cost? How will the young people be volunteering during the project? Emailing: [email protected] or calling 01443 846200 

Interlink Small Grants – Autumn and Winter Grants 2023: Grants of up to £1,000 are available for community groups to fund projects that show strong community involvement and help bring people and communities together. These projects are supported by funds generated from the Graig Fatha Wind Farm operated by Ripple Energy. For more information and to apply go to: 

Interlink RCT FREE Peer Mentoring Programme is designed to assist community and voluntary groups across Rhondda Cynon Taf to gain valuable support and skills from mentors that have the experience needed to help them. Mentors are recruited from the community and voluntary sector in RCT and can support groups to address their needs. For more information click here: 

The Thomas John Jones Memorial Fund: Est 1944 to help young people to study and train for employment in the engineering industry. The former county of Breconshire includes the area of Penderyn in RCT. Individuals studying engineering or a course with a significant engineering aspect can apply for a grant of £3,000 per annum for undergraduate, post, HND & PHD study. For more information visit: 

The Wild Isles Community fund: Projects that are accepted to the Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund will receive 2:1 match funding from Aviva. From 30 March 2023 until £1 million of funding has been allocated, pledges will be matched at a rate of £2 to every £1 donated. 2:1 match funding will apply to pledges of up to £250. The maximum value of 2:1 match funding a project can receive is £15,000. For more info visit: 

RCT Council New Business Support Grants utilising both the U.K. Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund and the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns Placemaking Grant. These are: Business Growth Grant (BGG), Town Centre Maintenance Grant (TCMG), Commercial Improvement Grant (CIG), Large Scale Property Improvements Grant (LSPIG) More information is available here: 

The Screwfix Foundation Grants of up to £5,000 available to registered charities or not for profit organisation to help those in need. They will be looking for funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings. Sefydliad Screwfix Grantiau o hyd at £5,000 ar gael i elusennau cofrestredig neu sefydliad dielw i helpu pobl mewn angen. Byddant yn chwilio am gyllid i gefnogi prosiectau sy'n ymwneud ag atgyweirio, cynnal a chadw, gwella neu adeiladu cartrefi, adeiladau cymunedol ac adeiladau eraill. For more information go to / Am fwy o wybodaeth ewch I 

The CLA Charitable Trust Grants to help those who are disabled or disadvantaged to visit and participate in learning experiences about the countryside. Support small – medium sized charities & not for profits e.g. CICs in England & Wales. For more information go to 


Eisteddfod catering opportunities for Rhondda Cynon Taf 2024: Closing date: 12:00pm, 9 February 2024 

Consesiynau arlwyo Eisteddfod Rhondda Cynon Taf 2024: Dyddiad cau: 12:00pm, 9 Chwefror 2024 

Gwirfoddoli Eisteddfodau Cymoedd Morgannwg 2024 

Volunteering the 2024 Glamorgan Valleys Eisteddfodau 

If you would like to volunteer Eisteddfod please complete the survey in the link below. Roles include stewarding on the doors, car park, helping with tickets, backstage, leading prelims and looking after adjudicators etc 👇 

Os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiwn neu ymholiad, cysylltwch - [email protected] / 07976003353 - If you have any questions or queries, please contact - [email protected] / 07976003353 


Upcoming Training / Events 

Understanding Section106 Planning Obligations Weds 24th Jan 24 6-8pm 

Local communities do not often feel they fully understand how such agreements work in practice. This training explores what Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 contributions are, how they are negotiated, how communities can engage in the process and if they can be modified or removed. It also includes a brief explanation of the community infrastructure levy. For more info and to book please click here: 

New Funding Ideas for 2024 This training session will help you to apply to the RCT Shared Prosperity Fund and improve your application 29 January 2024 @ 2:00pm-3:30pm To Book Visit 

Trustee and Management Committee Network discuss board recruitment, roles and responsibilities and hear from Mark Stevenson, Chair of Bryncynon Strategy and Spectacle Theatre. 7 February 2024 @ 10:00am-12:00pm To Book Visit: 

Responding to Planning Applications - Part 2 Mon 12th Feb 6-8pm 

This workshop will explore planning applications to help identify the common things to look out for when responding to applications. For more information, and to book on, please click 

Vale of Glamorgan Sustainable Food Network first meet-up of the year connecting with other like-minded folk in the Vale and sharing your thoughts on how we can build a good food movement in the Vale. Bellevue Community Centre, Penarth 20th February, 6pm-8pm To Book Click Here: 


Introducing… Strategic Development Plans Planning Aid Wales would like to invite all Community and Town Councils and community groups in Wales to one of four online training seminars on Strategic Development Plans in February. 

  • Wednesday 21st February 2024, 10.30am – 1.00pm 
  • Thursday 22nd February 2024, 5.30pm – 8.00pm 
  • Monday 26th February 2024, 12.30pm – 3.00pm 
  • Wednesday 28th February 2024, 3.30pm – 6.00pm 


Yn Cyflwyno... Cynlluniau Datblygu Strategol Hoffai Cymorth Cynllunio Cymru wahodd yr holl Gynghorau Cymuned a Thref a grwpiau cymunedol yng Nghymru i un o bedwar seminar hyfforddi ar-lein ar Gynlluniau Datblygu Strategol ym mis Chwefror. 

  • • Dydd Mercher 21 Chwefror 2024, 10.30am – 1.00pm 
  • • Dydd Iau 22 Chwefror 2024, 5.30pm – 8.00pm 
  • • Dydd Llun 26 Chwefror 2024, 12.30pm – 3.00pm 
  • • Dydd Mercher 28 Chwefror 2024, 3.30pm – 6.00pm 


How to Use Online Resources to Solve Planning Problems Mon 4th Mar 6-8pm 

This new interactive course will walk you through a range of planning problems and how you can solve them by using the internet. For more information, and to book on, please click here: 

Community Asset Transfer Opportunity in RCT 

  • Council Buildings which are available for potential Community Asset Transfer via a leasehold transfer. Llantwit Fardre Sport Centre & Cambrian Avenue Community Centre (Gilfach Goch) For more information go to 
  • Dyma atodi manylion am adeiladau'r Cyngor sydd ar gael yn rhan o broses Trosglwyddo Asedau Cymunedol trwy drosglwyddo prydles. Canolfan Chwaraeon Llanilltud Faerdref & Canolfan Cymuned Rhodfa'r Cambrian (Gilfach-goch) Am fwy o wybodaeth ewch I 


Building Communities Trust is keen to hear from charitable community or voluntary groups in Wales about how they have responded to the Cost-of-Living crisis, and the effect it has had on people and organisations. 

✅ Have you expanded or changed the services you offer? 

✅Have you experienced unprecedented demand? 

✅ Has there been an impact on your staff and operations? 

The survey runs until 12.02.2024 and the feedback will be used to help government and funding bodies shape future support. Plus, each entry will be included in a prize draw to potentially win one of four £50 shopping vouchers. 

To complete the online survey, please visit this link: 

What does the history of Rhondda Cynon Taf mean to you? If you’d like your say in shaping the way we preserve and promote our rich heritage, please click here and complete the short survey: 

Beth mae hanes Rhondda Cynon Taf yn ei olygu i chi? Os hoffech chi ddweud eich dweud i lywio'r ffordd rydyn ni'n cadw a hyrwyddo ein treftadaeth gyfoethog, cliciwch yma a llenwi'r arolwg byr 

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