Bursary Schemes

Wales CiLCA Bursary Scheme

The Welsh Government (WG) is pleased to announce funding to help strengthen financial management and governance. The funding will allow councils to access a support package to boost their governance infrastructure, including increasing training for clerks and councillors.

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

Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) Bursary Scheme

Welsh Government has agreed to cover the costs of clerks who wish to undertake their CiLCA qualification in 2020-21. Initially funding will be available for up to 50 clerks but this could be varied depending on demand. This bursary funding will be open to clerks and their deputies from any local council in Wales, regardless of the council’s budget.

WG also recognises that clerks who registered for CiLCA in 2019-20 through the WG bursary scheme may still be working through the modules during 2020 and funding support will also be available for this cohort, allowing access to webinars and the mentoring needed to complete the work.

The criteria to receive a 2020-21 CiLCA Wales Bursary is as follows:

  • Bursary will cover the registration costs for the qualification, either face to face or webinar training and up to 5 sessions of group mentoring. There are 50 bursaries available and you will be notified within 7 days of receipt if you have been awarded one. They are awarded on a first come basis
  • The bursary scheme is open to any clerk or deputy clerk regardless of the council’s budget.
  • The training element must be undertaken within the financial year.
  • 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, training and mentoring provided by the SLCC. Any additional support required would be at the cost of the applicant.

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

Clerks’ Bursary Scheme in Wales Hints & Tips

Wales Training Bursary Scheme

WG has also made the bursary scheme available to clerks to cover 50% of the cost of ILCA, webinars, training courses, conferences or CPD event up to a maximum bursary payment of £100.

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.
  • This bursary cannot be claimed if you are taking part in the CiLCA Bursary
  • The bursary scheme is open to any clerk or deputy clerk who works for a council in Wales with an annual budgeted income of £100k or less
  • If a clerk or deputy clerk works for more than one council, they are eligible to apply for a bursary at each of their councils, as long as they have not benefited from the CiLCA Bursary
  • 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 take place within the time frame of this bursary – it cannot be claimed retrospectively. Training must be completed by 31st March 2021.

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).

Clerks’ Bursary Scheme in Wales Hints & Tips