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Funding Update 23/11/2021: Focus on Funding 23/11/2021

 

Focus on Funding Forum – Social Investment – Thursday 2 December, 10.30 to 12

Moving Beyond Grants – Using Social Investment to diversify and support growth

Jeremy Ince, Regional Manager at Charity Bank.

Over the past five years Jeremy has helped charities and social enterprises access in excess of £50m in Loan Finance.  These funds have been used to support asset development, diversification and income growth and more importantly help organisations deliver social mission/objectives.

During this interactive presentation Jeremy will tell you more about Charity Bank and the criteria used to evaluate potential investments – he will provide a valuable insight into what Social Investors consider when assessing loans and how to make a successful application.

Using case studies, he will share real examples of how local charities have successfully used repayable finance (loans) to grow and expand service delivery.

It will give you the opportunity to ask questions and help evaluate if this source of finance is right for your organisation as part of the funding mix for project or new service.

You can subscribe to Charity Banks newsletter and find about the Charity Bank savings account via the Charity Bank website

If you’re interested please book on via our Eventbrite page here.

 

South Lakeland Third Sector Network Meetings

If you represent a not-for-profit organisation in South Lakeland, why not grab a cuppa and come along to this monthly meeting?

As group of voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations we wanted to meet others working in the sector to come together to share practice and provide services locally in a linked up and connected way.

These informal, friendly monthly ‘meet-ups’ are an opportunity for us to: meet others providing services locally; share experiences, challenges and solutions; celebrate achievements; communicate and build relationships; and explore collaborative working and partnerships.

To book your place please click on the date(s) below:

Tuesday 14 December – Book a place

Wednesday 19 January 2022 – Book a place

Future dates for your diary (11am to 12pm): Thursday 10 February and Friday 18 March 2022

We look forward to welcoming and meeting you!

 

Funding Advice and Support : How We Can Help You

Funding Officer Support
Cumbria CVS currently has dedicated funding officers to help your organisation or group. We can:

  • Help you to identify sources of funding in order for you to adapt and develop services or help your organisation to survive the current funding crisis
  • Provide advice to you on what makes a strong (and therefore more likely to be successful) funding application
  • Assist you by reading over and commenting on your application prior to submission to give your application maximum chance of success
  • Help you by asking questions on your behalf to funders prior to submission where possible
  • Help you to develop, write and submit funding applications where required if you do not have the capacity to do

Help connect you with other voluntary, statutory or private sector organisations who may be able to be partners in your application or service delivery

Case studies:

If you would like our help, advice and support in relation to funding for your voluntary or community group or social enterprise, please contact us by emailing: CVSfunding@cumbriacvs.org.uk or call 01768 800350.

Meet the Funders Events
We run Funding Fairs around the county, so it’s easy to find one near you. You will meet local and national funders face to face and pick up top tips for raising money.  Due to covid 19 these have currently been postponed.

Funding Training
We offer a regular programme of funding training, including Writing Successful Funding Applications. Due to covid 19 these have been postponed but please contact us to register an interest in future training.

Online Resources

We have a range of resources available to support your organisation:

Focus on Funding
Focus on Funding is a (now) fortnightly focus on funding to support local organisations and keep you abreast of current and new funding opportunities. Please find latest editions here (archived copies can be found at the bottom of the page too):

Sources of Charity Funding: Covid-19
Details and links to emergency funding for charities – UK wide, UK country, regional, global, Government financial support, specialist funding and platforms. Sources of Charity Funding Covid-19

Funding Application Checklist
When you apply for funding you need to convince your potential funders that you have a project worth funding. This checklist gives you advice to help enhance your application. Funding Application Checklist

Funding Applications letters
Sometimes Charitable Trusts and Foundations will not have an application form but will ask you to apply in writing. This can seem daunting but, unless stated otherwise, your letter need not be more than 2-3 sides of A4 long. This guide covers the main points that the funder will need to know. Funding Applications letters

Funding Tips
If you’re applying for funding here are a few tips to consider when putting together your application. Funding Tips

Are you Fit to be Funded?
Before you even think of applying for funding, make sure that your organisation is ready to receive it. Funders want to know that you are capable of managing their money, that your organisation is fit and healthy, and that you have all the necessary policies and procedures in place. Are you fit to be funded?

Funding Guide
We have also developed a local Funding Guide which can be accessed here

Archive Copies of Focus on Funding

Focus on Funding 05_01_21
Focus on Funding 15_12_20
Focus on Funding 01.12.20
Focus on Funding 17_11_20
Focus on Funding 02_11_20
Focus on Funding 6_10_20
Focus on Funding 22_9_20
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Focus on Funding 02_9_20
Focus on Funding 25.08.20
Focus on Funding 18.08.20
Focus on Funding 11.08.20
Focus on Funding 28.7.20
Focus on Funding 21.07.20
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Focus on Funding 30.06.20
Focus on Funding 16.06.20

Thank You
Thank you to the many organisations who completed the Health and Care Project’s End of Year Review Survey.  It has been extremely heartening to hear how the work of the project has helped Cumbrian third sector organisations raise essential funds and make connections with each other. Last year the project helped not-for-profit organisations secure a total value of £447,000.

We look forward to working with you in 2021 and continuing to help you secure more funding, increase your awareness of funding opportunities, improve your fundraising knowledge and skills, work collaboratively and help your organisation to survive and thrive – whatever challenges this year brings!

Contact Us

If you would like our help, advice and support in relation to funding for your voluntary or community group or social enterprise, please contact us by emailing: CVSfunding@cumbriacvs.org.uk or call 01768 800350.