Developing Confidence & Skills in Making Grant Applications for Faith Based Community Activities - a one-day workshop exploring the application process for statutory, voluntary & private grant maker.

Most grant makers want to see the hand of local people involved in applications for local faith based projects but relatively few people know what is required for a successful application. The good news is that everybody can become a successful grant applicant if they take basic steps to be aware of what they actually want and then consider how to match that up with what the grant makers wants. 

Around 7,500 Trusts and Foundations give up to £3billion each year in grants to good causes but of course it can be very competitive to gain their support, particularly in the light of the massive social and economic hardships in modern society.  This course is designed to help those with little or no knowledge as well as those with some experience to make more of the opportunities they have to identify the right grant makers and then successfully approach them.  The workshop learning is both fun and informative, with lots of practical examples from a range of grant makers. You will be able to share experiences with other delegates and everyone will receive a pack full of information to take away for future use.

Intended for:

Anyone involved in a faith based
community activity and is suitable for both first time grant applicants and for those who have some experience but want to improve their skills. The workshop will be relevant for those concerned with social need, environment, heritage, health,
education, sport, art and most other
community interests. It will explore
applications for a few hundreds to many hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Learning outcomes:

  • What makes a healthy application and what you should include or discard
  • Understanding the wide range of grant
    opportunities and where to look for them
  • Techniques in verbal, written and
    electronic application communication and when to use them
  • Understanding the differences in grant
    applications and tendering for contracts
  • Knowing how much to ask for and how to portray this in your budget
  • What to include in the industry standard 2 page letter
  • Confidence in filling in application forms
  • How to describe outcomes and outputs and provide effective monitoring and evaluation
  • What supporting information is needed
  • Legal and ethical requirements

 Workshop Expectations

  • A faith based project will be more likely to gain grant funding and be better able to serve the needs of its community
  • Project management will be able to make informed decisions on plans and resources for grant applications
  • Those contributing to the
    application information will be able to offer relevant input
  • Those writing applications will feel more confident in their role

Relevant Standards:
Fundraising Regulator—good practice

This is a non accredited workshop attainable by all levels of ability.

A St Philip's Centre/Near Neighbours Certificate of attendance will be given to candidates and each will
be supplied with copies of fundraising toolkits, a power pointpresentation and a manual of tools and examples.

The workshop costs £5 per person to include course delivery, materials & workshop pack

Please bring £5 on the day – and a packed lunch.

Workshop Leader:
John McCallum MA, Near Neighbours Development Officer

John has 30 years of experience of faith based community development and fundraising and brings to the workshop the experiences of many communities from across the UK.


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