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

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Volunteering Wales is about ‘…the kind of country we want to be’.

A volunteer is someone who commits time and energy for the benefit of society and the community, and volunteering can take many forms. It is undertaken freely and by choice without concern for financial gain. The Welsh Government’s Volunteering Policy aims to; (i) improve access to volunteering for people of all ages and from all parts of society; (ii) encourage the more effective involvement of volunteers, including through appropriate training; and, (iii) raise the status and improve the image of volunteering (Welsh Government Volunteering Policy: Supporting Communities, Changing Lives, 2015).


The aims of the scheme are:

  • Increase volunteer engagement and satisfaction by removing barriers to volunteering for people of all ages and from all parts of
  • Support the creation and development of high quality and positive volunteering opportunities in Wales.
  • Promote changes in beneficiary organisations to embed volunteering into their culture eg obtaining the Investing in Volunteers Award.

The organisations that were successful under the 2021/22 grant round can be found here.


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.

The organisations that were successful under the 2021/22 grant round can be found here.


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.