Writing Successful Bids (online)

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Writing Successful Bids

COVID-19 update

GOOD NEWS: this course and most our future workshops are still running but will now be held online. You will still benefit from expert-led, group learning with plenty of opportunities to interact and ask questions. You can book exactly as before, through the booking form at the bottom of this page.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs is here to support you. Reach out if you have any questions, charlie.wright@sse.org.uk

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Writing grant applications and funding bids can be a frustrating process and it can often feel like you spend hours writing bids for little success.  This one-day bid writing course for charities and social enterprises will guide you through the steps that you need to take to make your organisation’s funding and grant applications more successful.

What you’ll learn from this course

• Understand the different types of funding application you may need to make.  We’ll discuss grant applications, contestable funding and supply-chain opportunities.

• Know how to research and select which applications you should make.  You will learn the steps to identify suitable funding opportunities and how to decide which applications and opportunities you should invest your time in submitting.

• Discover how to develop realistic budgets.  Producing accurate and realistic budgets is key to convincing a funder you’re the best way to spend their money so we’ll ensure that you are able to approach this in the right way.

• Feel more confident that you can successfully pitch your organisation in a bid.  Any grant application is a persuasive piece of work so we’ll talk through the tactics and techniques of writing successful bids and then practice together.

• Master the process of securing funding.  We’ll discuss the stages in securing funding and how you can optimise your chances of getting past each hurdle.

• Learn how to avoid commonly made mistakes.  Bid writing doesn’t need to be complicated! This day will give the confidence and know-how that you need to win new funding and business.

Writing Successful Bids

Tom Carman, Plunkett Foundation

“A good refresher on good practice in bid writing”

Who should attend

Writing Successful Bids is an introductory course aimed at people who would like to learn some of the core principles for writing successful grant and funding applications.

You may have started a social enterprise and be trying to attract new income, or you may be part of a fundraising or development team within a charity and looking to boost your skills.

This course is open to anyone. Previous Writing Successful Bids participants have included:

  • Partnership Manager, Ashoka
  • Business Development Exec, Barnados
  • Admin Officer, MAC-UK
  • Trustee, Artbox
  • Project Officer, Plunkett Foundation
  • Project Officer, Trussell Trust
  • Marketing Manager, Renaisi
  • General Manager, LGBT Forum Bristol
  • Managing Director, Raunchy Rockers CIC


If you aren’t sure that the course is right for you, email Charlie, charlie.wright@sse.org.uk and we can discuss it with you in more detail.

“I really enjoyed the course and I am keen to get back into the office and implement my learning” Hannah Seymour, The Befriending Scheme

“10/10. I learned more than I anticipated and I plan to start applying what I’ve learned as soon as possible” Craig Blake, Tapestry Care UK

“Tony was an excellent tutor and clearly explained the important aspects in a realistic way” Mark Cozens, Salvation Army

“I have never been on a bid writing course and I thought that Antony was extremely well organised, clear, well-paced and I learned a lot – thank you” Safiye Lawrence, Aurora Options

“I found it to be more comprehensive than I thought I really enjoyed the course, it was very informative. It was an education!” Juliet Ryan, Working Action Group

“Brilliant! I found the way it was broken into parts so useful. The supporting documents will be invaluable. Tutor’s knowledge was clear and helpful” Petra Nelson, LPK Learning CIC


All our learning will be taking place in live online sessions until further notice.

Joining details will be emailed to you in the run up to the workshop.

Tony WallaceAbout the facilitator

The workshop will be delivered by Antony Wallace, Founder of FundMyMission, a highly regarded consultancy with a 76% win rate on bids they manage for their clients.


For this one day workshop plus all course materials you pay:

Organisational turnover £1m + £159
Organisational turnover £500,000 – £1m £139
Organisational turnover £100,000 – £499,999 £119
Organisational turnover £50,000 – £99,999 £99
Organisational turnover less than £50,000 £79



Book now:

Book your place immediately with a credit or debit card via our website using Stripe, our payment processor. We’ll send you a booking confirmation right away (check your spam too).

Please note our terms and conditions: we can offer a full refund provided you give us at least 7 days’ notice (within 7 days you can substitute the participant for someone else).  

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We prefer payment by card but if you do not have access to a payment card and would like to pay by invoice please email Charlie, charlie.wright@sse.org.uk. Please only request an invoice if absolutely necessary and if it is for an amount over £100.

If you have any questions about the course or the booking process please contact SSE’s Marketing and Engagement Officer, Charlie Wright on 020 7089 9120 or email charlie.wright@sse.org.uk.