Opening the chest - grants available to communities through Cist Gwynedd

Date: 27/03/2018

Gwynedd voluntary and community groups are being urged to consider applying for revenue and capital Cist Gwynedd grants that will support various projects that would improve the quality of life of the county’s residents and communities.


The Cist Gwynedd Voluntary Development Fund offers capital and revenue grants of up to £10,000, to support volunteers to improve the quality of life of residents and communities in Gwynedd. 


In addition, the Welsh Church Act Fund offers grants of up to £3,000 to registered charities and small grants of £300 for local Eisteddfodau in Gwynedd. 


Application packs for both of these funds are available on the Gwynedd Council website:


Cist Gwynedd also administers the Community Chest - formerly known as Sportlot - grant in Gwynedd. This fund offers grants of up to £1,500 to sports, community or fitness and well-being groups for projects, that increase participation and creates new opportunities in sport and physical activities. The application form and guidelines are available online via the Sports Wales website: – click on the green “Apply Online” button.


Councillor Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member said:  “Cist Gwynedd grants support a variety of projects led by local volunteers.  This is an opportunity for our residents to make a real difference in their communities."


The closing dates for receiving applications for the Voluntary Development Fund and the Welsh Church Act Fund are 30 April and 30 June 2018.


The closing dates for the Sport Wales Community Chest Fund (Sportlot) are: 5 April, 11 June, 6 September, 5 November, 2018, and 10 January 2019.


For further information, please contact the Cist Gwynedd Office on 01286 679 153, or via e-mail: