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New strategic volunteering grants now open

Published : 05/07/21 | Categories: Funding | News | Volunteering |

The new Volunteering Wales Strategic Grant round will unlock the potential for embedding or upscaling the co-ordinated volunteering that has been demonstrated during the Coronavirus pandemic.


This year’s Volunteering Wales grants allocation includes an additional £250,000 for strategic investment. Grants with a value of between £30,000 – £50,000 are available to support organisations to develop their strategic approach to volunteering.

During the pandemic we have seen some excellent examples of the voluntary sector working 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 voluntary, 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


To find out more about the grant scheme and how to apply by visiting our Volunteering Wales grant scheme page.

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