Connections Fund Overview

Cwtsh Community Connections Funding is to support for community and other non-profit organisations in the appropriate IWN focus areas.

The fund has been created by the Integrated Wellbeing Network Programme (led by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board) in conjunction with GAVO through support from the Welsh Government Connected Communities Fund.

Applications will be reviewed by the grant panel up until March 2024. In the case that all funding is allocated before this date, the applications process closes.

The Cwtsh Community Connections fund aims to directly fund projects that encourage and enable local people to participate in activities that support and enhance their wellbeing. For example, it can help groups and organisations to scale up existing work, re-establish themselves, start new ventures in response to appropriate need and opportunity, promote themselves more widely and help fund the use of community-based venues.


  • Establishment, development and delivery of connection events and support activities such as talking cafes at community hubs and venues.
  • Support for specific activities that support men’s or women’s mental health – this could include men’s sheds, menopause support etc.
  • Support development of activities for older members of our communities along with a specific focus on dementia to the Dementia Friendly Bargoed (plus upper Rhymney valley) and Dementia Friendly Risca and the Caerphilly Age Friendly Communities initiative.
  • Development of appropriate community outdoor activities that support wellbeing.
  • Activities that support the mental wellbeing of young people who have been unduly affected by the effects of the pandemic.

Opportunities to develop community volunteering to support wellbeing activities and initiatives.
The above areas are not exclusive, and we welcome ideas in keeping with the overall aims of the fund.

If you have any queries, please contact Officer Heather Manson by email  or on 07581 019 410, or Kevin Dawson by email or on 07373 023 540


Connections Fund Update

The first round of our Cwtsh Community Connections Funding has now finished.


Full application guidance can be downloaded here (pdf)

The completed application form (word document) should be sent by email to 

Gina Jones (GAVO Regional Strategic Lead) –