Bursary Schemes

Wales CiLCA Bursary Scheme

The Welsh Government is pleased to announce a significant uplift in the bursary to increase the number of CiLCA-qualified Clerks in Wales. This uplift will allow for over 40 new registrations in the financial year 2019-20 and is for councils with an annual budgeted income of up to £100k for this year. This follows the publication of the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill which included a provision to enable community councils to exercise a General Power of Competence. One of the criteria for eligibility is for the clerk to hold relevant qualifications, which is likely to be based the professional CiLCA (Certificate in Local Council Administration) qualification.

CiLCA gives you a broad knowledge of all the aspects of the clerk's work

The criteria to receive a Wales Bursary is as follows:

  • Bursary limit is £350 and this will cover the registration costs for the qualification. There are only a limited number of bursaries available, and you will be notified within 7 days of receipt if you have been awarded one.
  • The bursary scheme is aimed at small / medium councils and is open to any clerk or administrative assistant who works for a council with a turnover (i.e. annual budgeted income) of under £100,000.
  • The registration of CiLCA must take place within 30 days of receiving your code to input on the SLCC website, or your bursary will be terminated and offered to another applicant.
  • Please note that the bursary covers the cost of the registration fee (£350) but does not cover the four-day CiLCA training course (£340 + VAT for members or £390 + VAT for non-members).

Download the Wales CILCA Bursary Scheme Application Form (English language).

Wales Training Bursary Scheme

The Minister for Public Services has agreed to continue the training bursary for another year. This will be available to clerks in Wales up until 29th Feb 2020.

 

Wales Bursary Scheme

The criteria to receive a Wales Bursary is as follows:

  • Bursary limit is 50% of the cost of the training course, conference or CPD event up to a maximum bursary payment of £100.
  • The bursary scheme is aimed at smaller councils and is open to any clerk or administrative assistant who works for a council with a turnover (i.e. annual budgeted income) of under £40,000.
  • If a clerk or administrative assistant works for more than one council, they are eligible to apply for a bursary at each of their councils, if they come within the £40,000 criteria.
  • The clerk at each eligible council can submit multiple claims during the financial year ensuring that the total does not exceed the £100 reimbursement.
  • The training course, conference or CPD event may start on the day this form is signed but must start/take place within 12 months of bursary confirmation – it cannot be claimed retrospectively. Training must be completed by 16th March 2020.
  • The Wales bursary can be used for residential events as well as one day training events.

Download the Wales Training Bursary Scheme Application Form (English language).