Find out more about funding

2 March 2017

So you came along to the Bucks Funding Fair on 1st March and want to know more about how to find and apply for funds. We can help...

The Buckinghamshire Community Funding Fair on 1st March was a great opportunity for charities and community groups to find out about what funding is available across our county and hear from expert speakers giving advice on how to access it.  But our support to you doesn’t stop there.  At Community Impact Bucks we’ve got lots of ways to help you find the funding that’s right for you…

Bucks Funding SearchPerson being shown Bucks Funding Search
Are you making the most of Bucks Funding Search; the free, searchable online database of funding opportunities in your area? 89%of people who use Bucks Funding Search said that it helped them find relevant funding opportunities; the database is updated regularly, you can tailor your search and sign up for funding updates straight to your inbox.  It really is that simple. 

Funding & Governance Advice Surgeries
Maybe 1-1 advice is what you’re after.  Our monthly funding advice surgeries give you the time to talk about your own funding situation and we’ll help you identify the right way to approach things and give you some suggestions on where you can go for funding.  We offer six 45-minute sessions every month at venues around the county, but they get booked up quickly so book your slot as soon as you can.

Get Fit for Funding
OK, so now you’ve found your source of funding and you’re ready to write your first grant application.  Or maybe you’ve been writing grant applications for years but fancy a brush up on your skills.  Our Getting Fit for Funding course will give you all the practical hints and tips you need to be able to submit a successful application.

Links and other resources
We can also signpost you to other sources of help and advice.  Here are just a few…

CIB guidance ‘How to write a funding application.’

‘Write a winning bid’ online training course from NCVO

Big Lottery Fund guidance on funding applications (useful to apply to other funding bodies too)

General fundraising guidance from the Institute of Fundraising

And finally, a word of advice from Helen Cracknell, Community Impact Bucks lead for funding and governance, “We can give you the tools to find and apply for funds but what the funders really want to see is a strong application.  Think about what you’re asking for from their point of view and have your evidence about why you’re applying; what is the need and what will the impact be?  And please, read the guidance notes and answer all the questions they want you to answer!”

Want to know more?  Give us a call on 0300 111 1250.

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