June 2018 | Newsletter

With World Gin Day (Saturday 9th June) and National Picnic Week (15th – 24th June) coming up, we’re planning on having a relaxing month – but if you’re in the mood to do some work, we’ve got some great opportunities for you!

Boost Your Charity’s Income Fast
Don’t miss out on a ticket for our acclaimed Essentials of Grant Fundraising training course – the first session takes place at the end of this month. The course takes place over three half-day sessions (28th June, 5th & 12th July):

  • Foundation in Fundraising: learning the basic elements that must go in any funding bid, recognising funders’ buzzwords and what they mean, and unpacking funding options you need to be aware of
  • Core Knowledge: learning how to find the most appropriate funding for your project, understanding ‘need’ and how to evidence it, how to write, measure and explain outcomes, and know how to avoid common mistakes
  • Advanced Skills: learning to persuasively evidence your unique selling point, how to ensure your core costs are covered, and how to create your own funding strategy

Suitable for everyone from beginners to those wanting to brush up on their skills or get a final polish on their work, this training course is just what you need to write a winning funding bid. Previous participants have gone on to raise over £10 million!

You can secure your place on this fantastic course for just £220 – price includes refreshments plus a wealth of course materials to take away with you. For more information, and to book your place, visit our website.



Big Changes At Trusthouse 
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation has revealed its new grantmaking policy. With a move towards multi-year revenue funding, the new programmes mark a significant change for Trusthouse. Funding from the Foundation will now come under two new streams:

  • Major Grants: for organisations with an annual income of under £500,000. Organisations can apply for up to £20,000 per year for up to 3 years for core costs, salaries, or project costs, or can apply for a one-off grant of up to £60,000 for capital projects with a total cost of up to £2 million
  • Small Grants: for organisations with an annual income of under £250,000. Organisations can apply for amounts between £2,000 and £7,500 for core costs, salaries, project costs or capital costs

The Trusthouse Foundation focuses on making grants to organisations based in the most deprived rural and urban areas (based on Indices of Multiple Deprivation) – this has not changed. The Foundation is interested in making grants for work in the following categories:

  • Community Support
  • Arts / Education / Heritage

Timings vary for Major Grants but they are considered 4 times a year. Small Grants applications should receive a decision within 6 weeks. There are no deadlines. Applications should be made using the form available on the Trusthouse website.


Percy Bilton Charity
This charitable trust makes grants in 3 main areas:

  • Disadvantaged young people (aged under 25): projects which encourage young people who are homeless/unemployed away from crime/substance misuse, or facilities for recreational activities for disadvantaged young people
  • People with disabilities (including learning disabilities and mental health conditions): residential care/respite care for children and adults with disabilities or long-term mental health conditions
  • Older people (aged over 60): day centres/residential care for older people with dementia or other age-related illnesses, or projects which encourage older people to remain independent

There are 2 levels of grantmaking – Large Grants, for grants between £2,000 and £5,000 and Small Grants, for grants of £500 and under. The Percy Bilton Charity makes capital grants only (i.e. equipment/refurbishment – no grants will be made towards running expenses).

There are no deadlines – you can apply at any time, and Small Grants applications are considered monthly (Large Grants will take longer to be considered). For more information on how to apply, visit the Percy Bilton Charity website.


GlobalGiving Crowdfunding Accelerator
GlobalGiving have opened up the next round of their Accelerator scheme. The virtual programme aims to train you and your organisation in the art of crowdfunding, with the opportunity to raise $5,000+ as part of their campaign.

Training topics featured as part of the programme include:

  • Crowdfunding 101
  • Mapping your potential donor network
  • Storytelling and email appeals
  • Creating SMART goals

If your organisation is picked to be part of this round, you’ll also have the chance to win bonus prizes from GlobalGiving. The deadline for applications is 1st August – for more information, and to apply, visit the GlobalGiving website.


Brand New: In-Memory Fundraising Training
The popularity of in-memory giving is on the rise – whether through organising a fundraising event or through individual giving, many people like to honour a loved one’s death by supporting a relevant charity. But as a fundraiser, the concept can be a bit scary – the last thing you want to do at such a difficult time is say the wrong thing to a grieving would-be supporter.

Inspiring Fundraisers are the recognised experts in in-memory fundraising. Now they have developed a one-day training course to help you navigate these tricky waters with ease. Covering how to engage with in-memory supporters at all stages of the grieving process, and make those relationships last, you’ll have the chance to practise your new skills and bounce ideas off the fundraising professionals leading the course.

The one-day training course costs just £70, and there are 2 opportunities coming up to attend the course – 12th September and 16th October. For more information, and to book, visit the Inspiring Fundraisers website.


Reminder: Weston Anniversary Fund
Have you got a capital project coming up? If so, you could be eligible for the Weston Anniversary Fund – a one-off funding stream from the Garfield Weston Foundation, celebrating their 60th anniversary.

Through this fund, GWF is looking to make a small number of grants for amounts between £30,000 and £150,000 towards capital projects (i.e. those that involve buying equipment/land/property or a building or refurbishment).

To be eligible:

  • Your organisation must have an income of under £3 million annually
  • Your total project cost must be £300,000 or under
  • You must have planning permission in place (if needed)

The deadline for applications to the Fund is 30th June. All applications must be made using the Weston Anniversary Fund online application form. For more information, and to apply, visit the Weston Anniversary Fund website.


New: Coastal Revival Fund
The government has launched the 2018 round of the Coastal Revival Fund, which will make grants of up to £50,000 for projects that revive heritage assets in coastal towns – for example, refurbishing piers, public squares or parks. If that sounds like something your charity could do, why not apply? The fund has a total of £1 million to give in this round. The deadline for applications is Thursday 5th July – for more information, and to apply, visit the website.


Working With Disadvantaged Children?
The Ironmongers’ Company makes grants to registered charities whose work meets the following criteria:

  • supports children and young people (under-25s) who are disadvantaged
  • consists of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills
  • has clear aims and objectives, with a planned timescale
  • UK-based

Grants are generally for amounts between £200 and £10,000. Applications should include a short project proposal as well as the Ironmongers’ Company cover sheet. The next deadline for applications is 31st July. For more information, and to apply, visit the Ironmongers’ Company website.


Are You Getting The Most From Your Website?
With online giving rising in popularity (there was a 12% increase in online giving between 2016 and 2017), maximising your online presence is something that seems increasingly important – but many charities don’t have the time to research exactly how that ought to happen.

The Transform Foundation, who we’ve featured before, have put together a handy list of 6 tips that will help you increase your online donations. You can check out their article here.


Bursary Places: Institute of Fundraising Convention
To mark the launch of the RAISE programme, which supports fundraisers and development professionals working in the arts, culture and heritage sector in England, applications are open for bursaries to the IoF Fundraising Convention 2018, the largest event for the fundraising community in Europe. The convention takes place at the Barbican in London in July. RAISE is aiming to encourage diversity in the sector by offering funding to attend – you’re eligible to apply if you meet any of these criteria:

  • You identify as BAME (Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic)
  • You’re in the first 5 years of your fundraising career
  • The organisation you work for has an annual income of under £5 million

In addition to meeting at least one of the above criteria, you must work for an organisation (or be working as an individual fundraiser) that is in the arts, culture and heritage sector and whose work takes place in England.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 8th June. For more information, and to apply, visit the IoF website.


Clara E Burgess Charity
This charitable trust makes grants for work undertaken by UK registered charities whose primary beneficiaries are children. They state that their interest is to make grants towards ‘the provision of facilities and assistance to enhance the education, health and physical well-being of such children, in order that their conditions of life may be improved, but having particular regard to children under the age of 10 and those who have lost either one or both parents.’

If that sounds like your charity, you can apply easily. The Trustees consider applications in January and July. There are no application forms – just send a proposal and covering letter to the trust’s registered office:

The Clara E Burgess Charity
c/o The Royal Bank of Scotland
Trust Services
6th Floor
Trinity Quay 2
Avon Street


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