Fundraising News & Events

Find out what funding events we’ve got coming up, whether it’s forums, courses or workshops, and also discover information about other funding news and updates.

Upcoming Funding Events

Training & Workshops

We aim to run monthly funding training courses and workshops,
covering various topics, such as Writing a Funding Strategy,
Online Fundraising Platforms, Effective Crowdfunding, Writing
Better Grant Proposals and much more. All our training courses
are currently being run online, and are hosted by Funding
Advisor, Jackie Leslie. Click on the links below to find out
more about our upcoming courses:

Write Better Grant Proposals:
Thursday 16th July 2020, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Fundraising Chat Forums

This service is a new idea for 2020, where we aim to host
occasional online chat sessions for organisations to discuss various funding topics together. We want to create a space for charities to talk about funding issues by discussing their experiences, sharing thoughts and opinions, and giving advice in a mutually supportive online forum environment. We hope to set up various meeting dates covering various topics, including:

Answering Your Questions on Grant Writing Services:
Wednesday 22nd July 2020, 2pm – 3pm
Introduction to Crowdfunding & Case Study Experiences:

Date To Be Confirmed

1-to-1 Funding Opportunity Discussions

As well as offering mentoring services – to discuss funding or grant writing queries or issues, either over the phone, via video calls or face-to-face meetings – we have also previously set up meetings with potential funders to discuss what they offer and whether their grants are suitable for an organisation’s purpose.

Normally, these would be held at our offices, where a representative for the funding trust or foundation will have appointments with charities to discuss their funding needs. Voluntary and community organisations can book a 15-20 minute time slot through our Funding Advisor to meet with the trust’s representative to discuss their suitability for the funding or grant and whether they should apply.

Past examples of this service include visits from the Berkshire Community Foundation, the Thames Valley Community Lottery, and the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme. We would now be looking at hosting something similar online, which will give local organisations a chance to virtually pitch their cause and funding needs to an appropriate grant representative while working remotely.

Fundraising News

2nd July 2020
Ndidi Okezie, chief executive of UK Youth, speaks to Harriet Whitehead, at the Civil Society, about her goals for the charity, the #YoungAndBlack campaign, and the importance of collaboration.

Okezie says “our work needs to be driven by voices that we have to go find, as opposed to those who come to us”. Alongside organisations and activists including My Life My Say, The Diana Award, and Jermain Jackman, UK Youth recently launched the #YoungAndBlack campaign. It is a space to share, listen, and learn from the experiences of young black people.

25th June 2020
A coalition of leading voices in UK charities has called on the Government to temporarily increase the level of Gift Aid that can be claimed on donations.

The move to boost the Gift Aid charities receive from eligible donations comes as charities of all sizes face a crisis to their income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest research from IoF, CFG, and NCVO, supported by PwC, shows that charities are on average having to plan for a 24% loss to their total income for the year ahead…

19th June 2020
The Chartered Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and Charity Finance Group (CFG) say that charities are facing a huge predicted loss to their income as they continue to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and continued social distancing measures.

The analysis comes following the publication on 19 June 2020 of the results of a recent survey of charities reporting financial loss and reforecasting of income for the year ahead. On average, respondents to that survey reported that they were expecting a reduction of 24% to their total income for the year, which would mean a £12.4bn loss of income if the average was applied to the sector as a whole.

Funding Alerts

As well as offering direct funding and grant application support and advice, we also have a Funding Alerts mailing list. You can sign up to receive our alerts in order to get accurate and up to date information on local and national grants and funders that are currently accepting applications. These alerts will be sent straight to your email inbox, providing you with plenty of regular opportunities to apply for various funds for your charity.