National Lottery cash set to transform grassroots groups across Wales

Projects in Wales that will strengthen third sector capabilities are the latest being awarded National Lottery money.


Sported Foundation, receive £300,228 to work with 120 grassroots groups [in Wales] who deliver sport to enhance the lives of disadvantaged young people. They will provide intensive mentor support to group leaders and volunteers, enabling them to improve elements of their organisational health including governance, financial management, fundraising and volunteer recruitment and retention.


They are one of 3 projects across Wales sharing in £588,776 as part of the first round of its Third Sector Skills funding programme.


The programme is aiming to pilot innovative approaches to bringing new skills and expertise to organisations in the third sector through mentoring and trustee recruitment.


Welcoming the grant, Richard Thomas, Wales Manager at Sported, said: “At Sported we are dedicated to supporting community groups which use the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people.


“Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund we will be able to strengthen and build the sustainability of even more community groups across Wales and – most importantly – create more life-changing opportunities for young people in our most deprived communities.”


Highlighting the importance of the Third Sector Skills programme, Andrew Owen, Head of Funding for the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Programmes like Third Sector Skills are making a difference to the lives of so many people in communities across Wales.


“It means that new skills can be brought to organisations that will help them flourish and take advantage of opportunities that are available to them.”


The Third Sector Skills programme awards grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 to empower third sector organisations to become better equipped to plan for the future and overcome a difficult economic environment. For further information about the programme and how you can apply for funding visit


To read the full press release from the Big Lottery Fund, please click here.