Writing successful funding bids isn’t about being good at spelling, it’s about being good at telling a clear and compelling story. There are lots of simple ways you can help this happen, and get organised to deal with bidwriting stress! This workshop is for anyone who is new to writing funding bids, or who would like an update or refresher for skills they haven’t used in a while.

We’ll concentrate on looking at smaller, less complex bids. The workshop will cover;

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 31 January, 2019 -
10:00 to 13:00

Not sure where to go next with fundraising or feeling like it is a lot of work for little gain? If so, this course is for you. It introduces fundraising strategies and explains why they are useful, looks at external challenges and opportunities and starts to think about a variety of funding sources.

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 5 December, 2018 -
10:00 to 13:00
19 July, 2018

Bristol City Council has set up the Youth Sector Support Fund (SSF) to support Bristol-based organisations working with local children and young people. The fund, which launches on Monday 23 July, will support projects and collaborations that result in a diverse range of services for children and young people 8-19 years old and a stronger youth and play sector. This fund aims to complement Targeted Youth Services (TYS) contracts by filling gaps in services across the city.

19 February, 2019

 

The government has increased the Gift Aid individual donation limit to £30.

The change was announced in the Budget last November and relates to small collections where it is not possible to get a Gift Aid declaration.

It will take effect from 6 April and Robert Jenrick, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, estimates that it will result in greater top-up donations for around 20,000 organisations.

18 February, 2019

 

Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership (HWCP) and City Funds are amongst those that have benefitted from the government’s Social Action Fund.

Ten organisations will receive a share of £2.3 million – through the Place Based Social Action programme funded jointly via the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund – to devise programmes that enable people to take action on the issues they care about.

15 February, 2019

 

Up to £4,000 is available from the Megawatt Community Energy Fund, for projects supporting green energy or raising awareness of climate change. The fund is supplied by profits from Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano, and the grant programme is delivered by Quartet Community Foundation.

Grants are open to groups or projects working in Bristol, North Somerset, Sedgemoor District (Somerset) and South Gloucestershire. You do not have to be an energy or environmental group.

Examples of eligible projects include:

11 February, 2019

 

Funding of £500-10,000 is available for VCSE organisations working to improve health and social care, thanks to hyvr, a social media platform developed by the West of England Academic Health Science Network. The aim of the fund is to encourage links between healthcare users and innovators, and to promote the use of hyvr. 

Voscur's 2020 project is bringing together organisations like yours from around the city to learn and grow together. We’ll be providing free training and one-to-one support to enable you to assess your development needs, produce an excellent business-plan and benefit from new income sources. We’re also building up a network that will give you the chance to share your experiences, challenges and solutions with organisations from other neighbourhoods working towards similar goals.

You can read more about the project here.

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 5 March, 2019 -
10:00 to 12:00
5 February, 2019

 

Funding is available from Bristol City Council's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Section 106 money for local development projects in Bristol, with funds to be allocated by local committees. The amount of money will vary by area, according to how many new developments are being built nearby. 

22 January, 2019

Small grants of up to £200 and large grants of up to £2,000 are available for groups and organisations planning an activity for National Vegetarian Week (13-19 May 2019). Those eligible for grants include not-for-profit organisations (such as Brownies, Scouts, schools and youth clubs), informal groups of friends, parents or students, and student societies for vegetarians or vegans. 

If you are applying for a larger grant, your proposed activity should make a bigger difference to those involved.

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