FAQs

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Do I need to register online first to apply?

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No. If you are part way through completing your form and need to leave it for a while, your content will be saved and you will be able to re-enter the form where you left off if you are using the same computer and browser. Otherwise you would need to start again from the beginning.

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What are the timescales?

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Applications for the first round of Small Grants will close at 5:00pm on 15th May – though applicants are encouraged not to wait until the last minute before submitting. Please bear in mind that there will be more Small Grants rounds later in the year, so please don’t rush to get your bid in if it’s not ready.
We will aim to make our decisions and inform applicants of the outcome by the end of June 2017.
Timetables for later rounds and for Main Grants and Strategic Grants will be published on the website as soon as possible.

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Can an organisation submit more than one application?

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In the first instance we will only accept one application per organisation. This may change in the future.

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What types of organisations can apply?

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We welcome applications from registered charities.  We cannot support commercial enterprises or the fulfilment of statutory duties.

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Are there any criteria regarding the size of the organisation that can apply?

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We do not place limits on the size of organisation that might apply. However we will want to see a management structure that is appropriate to the size and nature of the project being funded.

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Does the project need to be new?

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No. We are not necessarily looking for innovation if tried and tested ways of working are appropriate and successful.
We cannot however fund retrospectively – i.e. fund work which has commenced before the grant is awarded.

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Can we use Hanfod Cymru funding in addition to money from other sources?

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Yes. We would welcome this as it increases the value and impact of any grant that we make. However we do not make match funding a requirement.

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Is there a priority for larger projects with more partners?

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No. While partnerships can be appropriate and effective – equally they can be cumbersome and complex. Our concern is with the impact of the project on its beneficiaries, and would look to see that it is being delivered by the most appropriate organisation or organisations.

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Can we have more than one grant at a time?

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Not usually. However you may apply for a new grant before the expiry of an existing grant if that helps to plan some continuity.

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What’s the maximum amount of funding for which we can apply?

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Small Grants – £10,000, with the expectation that it will be expended within a year.
Main Grants – £75,000 for up to three years*
Strategic Grants – £200,000 for up to three years*
* these sums are for the period, not per annum figures

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Do applications need to be submitted online?

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We encourage the use of our online application form. However, if you want to take an overview of the questions we are asking before completing the form, please read the Guidance Notes.
If completing the online form presents difficulties for you please contact us by email or phone and we will arrange an alternative method that suits your needs.

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Can individuals apply?

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No. Applications must be from registered charities.

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We are a new organisation and our accounts haven’t been published yet. Can we submit our application?

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Yes. We might need to ask for another form of verification (e.g. a bank statement or cash flow sheet) but we will discuss this with you.

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Is it worth applying for the smallest available grant if a project costs less money?

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We want to receive applications that are appropriate and proportionate to the project you wish to run and your capacity to deliver it. Please ask for what you need.

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What type of projects can be funded?

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The fund will be responsive to applications and reflect the social needs inherent in those requests. Applications  must come from registered charities. We will prioritise practical initiatives rooted in local communities that are clearly of public benefit, and which address educational, artistic, cultural and social needs including (but not exclusively) those that support usage or acquisition of the Welsh language.
• Within the field of education, we will fund activity that falls outside of statutory provision but which enhances the educational experience of learners, addresses imbalances in access to higher education (e.g. by supporting organisations that provide bursaries) or addresses the impact of social inequality on educational attainment.
• Within the field of the arts, our emphasis will be on encouraging and facilitating grassroots participation in creativity and in appreciation of the arts.
• Within the very broad category of social activity we will support activity that addresses poverty or deprivation, social exclusion arising from factors as illness, disability, psychological problems, victimisation or discrimination.
• We are open to funding projects that require revenue, capital or equipment, or a mix of these.

 

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Is the funding available only in Wales?

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Yes. Though if a registered charity outside Wales wishes to apply they would need to demonstrate clearly that the project, its delivery and its beneficiaries are entirely within Wales.

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Can the money be used for projects outside Wales?

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No.

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Do we need to secure match funding?

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No.

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Do we need to monitor and evaluate our project?

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Yes. It is in your interests and ours that your work is evaluated. However the depth of analysis and information required will vary proportionately with your grant. As a minimum we will require a simple 6 monthly progress report and an end of grant report (for which we will supply templates). Strategic Grants and the the Main Grants will merit more in-depth evaluation and we will discuss this with you as part of the grant conditions.

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Do I need to read the guidance notes?

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The guidance notes are provided to assist you in answering our questions and to assist us in helping ensure that we are able to fully understand your needs, and to compare like-with-like when assessing applications. We cannot require that you read it, but believe it will be beneficial in progressing your application.

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How frequently will Small Grants rounds be available?

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Our experience in this first round will inform future actions. It will provide us with a feel for demand and enable us to bed in our new systems and staff. However it is our clear intention that Small Grants rounds will be structured so that we can respond as efficiently as possible to demand, and that there will be several opportunities each year to make applications.

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How quickly will a decision be made regarding a Small Grant?

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We will aim to make our decisions and inform applicants of the outcome by the end of June 2017. Applications may be funded in full, part-funded or declined. In some instances an application may be deferred to a subsequent round. Wherever possible feedback will be offered to unsuccessful applicants.

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