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Virtual Fundraising Festival – Trusts and Foundations Fundraising: how to write a successful application

The UK has nearly 13,000 grant-making foundations, which come in all shapes and sizes, offering support to a variety of causes. Competition for these funds is high and this is increasingly the case since the pandemic. So how do you identify who you can approach? And when you have identified them, what do you ask for and how? And how do you maximise your chances of success?

This session, the second in our Fundraising Festival, offers answers to all the above and provides useful links to other resources.

What you will take away from this event

During the session you will:

  • Discover how to find funding opportunities and how to decide which funds are right for you.
  • Learn what to ask for and how.
  • Investigate common errors, reasons applications are rejected, and top tips for increasing your success rates.

These sessions are for:

  • Trustees
  • Charity leaders, Heads or Directors of Fundraising
  • Fundraisers

Who should attend?

All Buckinghamshire-based not-for-profit groups, such as voluntary and community groups, charities, constituted groups, Community Interest Companies, and other types of social enterprise, are invited to attend.

Please note that places are limited and that priority will be given to charities and not-for-profit organisations with income under £100,000.

Next steps

If your organisation serves Buckinghamshire and you would like to join this Trusts and Foundations Fundraising: how to write a successful application session, you can book your place using the link below:

This workshop is the second in a series of four interactive sessions. For details of the other sessions, including how to book, click on the following link:

For any questions about this event please contact 0300 1111 250 or

Further funding resources can be found on our dedicated funding support for groups page, or book a free support session with one of our VCSE officers.


Lee Lloyd – Trusts & Foundations Fundraising: how to write a successful application

Lee Lloyd has been a professional fundraiser since 2002.  He is currently Head of Fundraising at Florence Nightingale Hospice in Aylesbury and has also successfully carried out Trust fundraising for a variety of causes including medical research, vulnerable families, older people and bereaved children, doubling trust income in nearly every organisation he has worked in.

Lee is passionate about supporting junior fundraisers and raising standards in the sector, including presenting at four consecutive National Fundraising Conventions, tutoring more than 20 new fundraisers, mentoring experienced fundraisers and setting up a thriving Chilterns Trust Fundraising Network.  Lee is an associate of Fundraising Training Ltd’s renowned Fundraising Training Programme and a former treasurer of the Institute of Fundraising, Chilterns Region.

Alongside his professional roles, Lee has consistently volunteered for local causes encompassing mental health, older people and animals.

Jennie Gillions– Trusts & Foundations Fundraising: how to write a successful application

Jennie Gillions started as a Trusts fundraiser in 2008, after five years running grant-funded volunteering projects. Since then she has raised millions of pounds from Trusts and Foundations for causes including mental health, medical research, refugees, youth, and international human rights.

She is currently freelance, specialising in grant writing, fundraising strategy, supporting organisations to get their fundraising foundations right, and the relationship between fundraising and communications. She also volunteers with a European refugee network.

Outside of Trusts work, Jennie has a Philanthropic Psychology qualification and a background in writing successful Lottery and EU proposals. She is a keen supporter of anti-poverty charities, libraries, and her local dog rescue centre.

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