Volunteering Wales Grants is a scheme funded by the Welsh Government to promote and improve volunteering in Wales.

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Volunteering Wales – Strategic Grant Round 2021/22 

This year’s Volunteering Wales grants allocation includes an additional £250,000 for strategic investment. Its purpose is to unlock the potential for further embedding and/or upscaling of the co-ordinated volunteering that has been demonstrated during the Coronavirus pandemic. Grants with a value of between £30,000 – £50,000 are available.

During the pandemic we have seen some excellent examples of where the voluntary sector has worked in partnership with the public and private sectors to meet identified needs at a time of crisis.

The pandemic has also meant that there is a continuing need to develop new partnerships and ways of working with volunteers. 


This fund will enable a small number of strategic investments (between five and eight) to build on and learn from new or enhanced approaches or initiatives.  Enabling the progress that has been made during the pandemic to be further explored and ‘hard wired’ into ongoing work.


Unlocking the strategic potential of volunteering over the longer term by:

  • Identify the strategic need and explore new volunteering opportunities or remove barriers to volunteering
  • Explore partnerships within and between the third, private and public sector
  • Support the upscaling of strategic infrastructure and volunteer organisation to embed emerging good practise
  • Undertake thorough learning around equality and inclusion in volunteering and how this impacts communities and their engagement
  • Strengthen partnerships
  • Lever further investment both financial and non-financial

High quality proposals are welcome for any type of volunteering activity, but particularly from the following areas as priority:

  • Equality and diversity
  • Climate change
  • Health and social care
  • Unlocking the potential of private and public sectors
  • Young people and education
  • Welsh Language and cultural activities


  • Ahead of submitting an application, you should speak to a named WCVA member of staff or a named member of the Third Sector Support Team at Welsh Government (see below). This will ensure that your activity is in keeping with the grant aims. As part of the application you will need to give the name of the staff member you liaised with. Applications where no prior contact has been made will not be put forward to the panel.

Please contact a team member you may have previously discussed your project with:

Staff member Job title Email
Sian Baker Maurice Volunteering Grant Scheme Development Manager sbakermaurice@wcva.cymru
Fiona Liddell Helpforce Wales Manager fliddell@wcva.cymru
Michiel Blees Volunteering Wales Manager mblees@wcva.cymru
Natalie Zhivkova Volunteering Policy Officer nzhivkova@wcva.cymru
Sally Rees Third Sector National Health and Social Care Manager srees@wcva.cymru
Catherine Miller Head of Grants and Environment cmiller@wcva.cymru
Welsh Government The Third Sector Support Team thirdsectorqueries@gov.wales
  • Your organisation is focused on taking the next steps with your strategic volunteering activity, looking to build on lessons learned to date to further evaluate and strengthen your approach (eg increasing scale, extending partnerships, clarifying leadership and accountability or building a stronger infrastructure of support).
  • Your organisation has an annual income over £250,000 (this can be averaged over the past three years) and the level of grant requested must not comprise more than 20% of your annual income.
  • You are an incorporated organisation with at least two years of operation.
  • You are able to provide letters of support from potential/existing partners and/or letters of support from relevant leadership/strategic/partnership boards/working groups.
  • Applications are welcomed from all sectors.
  • Partnership applications are encouraged, but projects do not necessarily need to be collaborative.
  • Ability to be delivered in the specified timeline.
  • County Voluntary Councils (CVCs) can be named partners in applications, but cannot be the lead applicant.


Deadline for applications: 20 August 2021

Projects to start: earliest start date 18 November 2021

Project reports to be submitted: 30 June 2022


Guidance for applicants 2021/22 strategic grants


Youth Led Grants

Youth Led Grants is an initiative funded by the Welsh Government to support a range of volunteering projects and activities that are led and carried out by young people.

Youth Led Grants give young people a platform to become decision makers, allocating funding for youth-led volunteering that takes place in communities across Wales.

The initiative enables young people to develop skills and gain experience in youth leadership by joining grant making panels and leading local projects.


Each year a sum of money is distributed to the 19 County Voluntary Councils (CVCs) across Wales for a grant panel of young people (14-25) to allocate to youth-led volunteering projects in each local authority area.

Each panel decides how their application and awarding process will run and there are differences in the eligibility criteria and the size of grant awards. In some areas young people will need to be linked to an existing organisation, while in others young people can have more direct access to funding to deliver their projects.

Applications for funding should be completed by young people themselves, with support from a relevant adult where required.


Here are some examples of the types of activities that have been funded by the Youth Led Grants.

Impact of Youth Led Grants: Castle Clean Up Project

Impact of Youth Led Grants: Torfaen Youth Forum

From a Student Volunteer to a Youth Led Project Champion

Volunteer opportunities for young people made possible with Youth Led Grants


In 2021/22 the Youth Led Grants panels across Wales will be striving to support the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (2015) by improving practice and funding youth-led projects that contribute towards one or more of the wellbeing goals.


If you would like to find out more about the Youth Led Grants in your local area get in touch with your local CVC – the full list of the CVCs in Wales can be found at thirdsectorsupport.wales/contact.

If you would like to support Youth Led Grants in Wales – get in touch with WCVA’s Grants Team via volwalesgrants@wcva.cymru.