Overview

Trusts and foundations make over £4 billion worth of grants annually and are an important source of income to charities and social enterprises. But due to cuts in other areas, competition for funding is greater than ever before, and funders are now under additional pressure due to the impact of coronavirus.

This course is for organisations and individuals looking for expertise and insights into how to tap into this valuable funding pot and stand out from the crowd. It’s designed for people who have some bid writing experience already but who:

  • Would like to add more quality and strategy to their approach
  • Want to take a step back and consider what isn’t working and how to change it
  • Are struggling to repeat previous success in an increasingly competitive and urgent funding climate
  • Would like to gain more insight into the mindset of funders

The course is based on a five-stage process developed by Lime Green Consulting to help organisations ensure that they have all the key components in place for trusts and foundations fundraising.

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“A very useful and informative session that relates to my daily role. Felt the course was extremely good value for money. Thank you!” Claire

Timetable

This course will be delivered online for the foreseeable future, due to social distancing restrictions. We have divided it into two webinars taking place on the same day. We will be setting you some exercises to do independently between these two webinars. To get the most from the course, and capitalise on the opportunity to get individual feedback from the trainers, we recommend that you set aside this time to complete the exercises.

Morning webinar (10:00-11:40 with a short break midway)

  • The state of the funding landscape
  • How coronavirus in impacting funders and what you can do to respond
  • Stage 1: Establishing your funding needs
  • Stage 2: Researching funding prospects
  • Stage 3: Developing your case for support
  • Introducing the independent exercises

Time to complete independent exercises – we’ll be on hand to answer questions (11:40-12:40)

Peer review session – discussion in small groups to get feedback on what you’ve been working on (14:45-15:30)

Afternoon webinar (15:30-17:10 with a short break midway)

  • Feedback on the independent exercises you’ve been working on
  • Stage 4: Writing strong applications
  • Stage 5: Robust record keeping and building a long-term relationship with funders
  • An insight into funders: what funders say, what they really mean and what to do about it
  • Additional time for questions

“Great day jam-packed with tools and tips. I was lucky enough to attend two of your fundraising days via a grant from a funder. Well worth it. Will be reporting back to the funder that this has been invaluable for us as a small charity. Thank you Lime Green Consulting!” Jo

Course facilitators

Mike Zywina is an experienced fundraising consultant and Director of Lime Green Consulting. Mike Zywina is an experienced fundraising consultant and Director of Lime Green Consulting. Lime Green Consulting help ambitious charities and social enterprises to be more strategic, become more sustainable or access new funding – they provide a mix of strategic consultancy, hands-on fundraising support, training and mentoring. Mike was previously Fundraising Manager and a member of the Senior Management Team at Link Community Development, overseeing a thriving fundraising portfolio raising £600,000 per year.

Gemma Pettman helps charities to raise both their profile and vital funds. She’s supported causes ranging from city farms to youth unemployment. Demonstrating impact through storytelling is a crucial part of Gemma’s work, particularly when applying to trusts and foundations. As well as raising much-needed income, she has received praise from funders for her use of sincere and straightforward language.

“I found the day extremely useful and informative. Gemma and Mike explained each section very well and in layman’s terms. I feel much more confident and will put what I have learned into practice. Thank you.” Emilie

Price

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

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

Organisational turnover less than £50,000

and individuals unattached to an organisation

£79

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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.

 

Mike Zywina is an experienced fundraising consultant and Director of Lime Green Consulting. Lime Green Consulting help ambitious charities and social enterprises to be more strategic, become more sustainable or access new funding - they provide a mix of strategic consultancy, hands-on fundraising support, training and mentoring. Mike was previously Fundraising Manager and a member of the Senior Management Team at Link Community Development, overseeing a thriving fundraising portfolio raising £600,000 per year.

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