Prosiect Sylfaen Project – Free Support Programme for Community-based Environmental Organisations

Prosiect Sylfaen Project – Free Support Programme for Community-based Environmental Organisations

Could your organisation benefit from FREE bespoke support to become more effective and sustainable?

Organisations working with natural assets need to balance the interests of the environment and local communities with achieving long-term financial security.

Cynnal Cymru and the Wales Co-operative Centre are looking for six community-based environmental organisations in Wales to undertake a development journey that will ensure they have strong financial, governance and management foundations.

With funding from the Co-op Foundation, we are offering a free support programme that will focus on building capacity and confidence in the areas of forward planning, financial management, human resources, legal compliance, Board governance, public accountability, marketing and communications, and environmental responsibility.

Successful applicants will receive a root and branch review of their development needs whilst also exploring local and national pressures and opportunities.

This will be followed by a bespoke support programme designed to increase their effectiveness and capacity to deliver their objectives and meet community needs. Topics may include Board duties and recruitment, Business Planning, Stakeholder Engagement, Partnership and Collaboration, Annual Reporting, Asset Transfer or others that are identified as relevant.

Techniques will include mentoring, training, one-to-one advice sessions, networking and shared learning. Applicants will typically receive between 5 and 8 days of free support each.

Peer learning and disseminating new skills and techniques are important aspects of this programme. Applicants will need to be willing to join a peer-learning and support process. They will need to be able to cascade knowledge and new techniques to others in the sector by engaging with at least 3 other local organisations to share in some of the training and support sessions.

A small budget will be provided to successful applicants to cover the costs associated with these aspects.

This is a Wales-wide programme that will run from November 2019 to March 2021 and is open to all environmentally-focused community-based organisations. We particularly want to hear from organisations that are managing green spaces or other natural assets.


How to apply

Download the Application form

Selection of successful applicants will be through a simple application form followed by a short telephone interview.

For more details contact

Deadline extended: 20 December, 12 Noon.



What the Applicant will receive:

· 1 day Business Diagnosis

· 1-2 days Action Plan design

· 2-3 days of training /support

· Participation in 1 shared learning network meeting

· Invitation to end of project “legacy” event

. Limited financial assistance to host networking and shared learning events


What is required from the applicant:

You need to be able to allocate time and staff to both receive and help the delivery of project benefits from Cynnal Cymru and the Wales Co-operative Centre.

We require you to identify and engage with at least 3 other community-led environmental organisations in your area that can join us in a process of knowledge-sharing, training and support.

Use of your premises for training/meetings

Provide us with information, quotes and photos for use in promoting and reporting the success of the project

Information to help us compile quarterly progress reports and a detailed case study.