Wales – People and Places Grants

Wales – People and Places Grants

Grants are available to support people working together to make their communities stronger and to improve their rural and urban environment, making their community a better place to live.  Applications will be accepted from organisations based anywhere in the UK, but projects must benefit people in Wales.

Current Status – Open for Applications

Maximum value: – £ 1,000,000

People and Places aims to enable people to work together for strong communities, social justice and better rural and urban environments.

For the main scheme, there are three levels of grant available:

  • Between £5,001 and £250,000.
  • Between £250,001 and £500,000.
  • Between £500,001 and £1 million.

Projects may be funded for up to five years.

Match Funding Restrictions

Funding is available for all of the eligible costs of the project but applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other sources.

Who Can Apply

People and Places is open to community and voluntary groups and public sector organisations.

Applications can be made from organisations based anywhere in the UK, but all projects must benefit people in Wales (at least 75% of the beneficiaries).


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Organisations applying on behalf of another organisation.
  • Organisations that have individuals or activities that contribute directly to a private organisation’s distributable profits. Private sector organisations and individuals may work with statutory, voluntary or community organisations to deliver a project.
  • Organisations that are in poor financial health.
  • Organisations that do not control their own bank account.
  • Organisations that have not satisfactorily managed grants or projects previously funded by the Fund or its predecessors.
  • Organisations that do not have at least three unrelated people on their managing committee.
  • Organisations that have used external professional fundraisers or other consultants to write or plan the application.
  • Religious activities.
  • Political activities.
  • Projects that mainly benefit people living outside Wales.
  • Projects previously funded from other Lottery programmes or other sources of funding (continuation funding), unless they include new or enhanced elements.
  • Activities that contribute directly to a private organisation’s distributable profits.
  • Activities that are incompatible with the aims and objectives of the organisation.
  • Projects that are more appropriate to another Lottery distributor.
  • Costs incurred or expenditure committed before the grant is made.
  • Any costs which someone else is paying for, whether in cash or in kind.
  • Items that only benefit an individual and are not needed to deliver the project outcomes.
  • Travel outside the UK.
  • Funds to build up a reserve or surplus, whether distributable or not.
  • Loan or debt repayments.
  • Contributions to general appeals.
  • Projects whose main focus is to meet the requirements of the Equalities Act 2010.
  • Routine repairs and maintenance.
  • General improvements to public areas unless they are essential to the overall project.
  • Personal equipment not essential to delivering the project.
  • Maintenance equipment, fixed or loose equipment or office equipment which is not essential to the project.
  • For capital grants of less than £50,000, the purchase of an existing lease that has less than five years of the lease period remaining.
  • For capital grants of between £50,000 and £250,000, the purchase of an existing lease that has less than 10 years of the lease period remaining.
  • For capital grants of £250,000 and over, the purchase of a leasehold of less than 20 years.
  • The day-to-day activities of existing organisations or contributions to general appeals.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available to support local and regional projects and projects that work throughout Wales to achieve one or more of the following programme outcomes:

  • Revitalised communities:

o    Enable people to design and take part in joined up services for their community.

o    Develop people’s confidence and skills in running community projects.

o    Provide assets that generate revenue for the community.

o    Give people access to advice and advocacy services.

  • Improved community relations:

o    Improve communication, understanding, respect and interdependence between people from different age groups, genders and cultural backgrounds.

o    Provide assets or activities that meet the needs of all sectors of the community.

o    Make people feel safer and more secure where they live.

o    Make people feel less isolated by having improved social networks.

  • Enhanced local environments and community amenities:

o    Create open spaces or buildings for community activities.

o    Provide opportunities for communities and individuals to understand the environment and maintain and improve it.

o    Provide sustainable transport initiatives linking communities and amenities.

o    Create spaces for wildlife and people.

o    Provide additional services that meet a need in the community.

Funding is available for revenue or capital, or projects with a mixture of both. Funding is also available for a proportion of the project overheads. The amount should be appropriate for what will be provided.

  • Revenue costs, such as start-up costs, accommodation, salaries or volunteer expenses, or costs for materials and activities.
  • Capital costs, such as buying equipment or vehicles essential to the project, property purchase, and new or refurbished building costs.
  • Overheads, such as the costs of employees, volunteers, equipment, space and services that partly support the project but also support the organisation’s other work.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Frequency:  Rolling programme

Useful information: Applications are made via a two-stage process. Organisations should submit an initial proposal, which will be assessed for eligibility. Only successful entries at this stage will then be invited to complete a full application form.

To find out what other funding is available in your area please visit TVA’s Funding Portal by clicking here

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