Writing Better Funding Bids

This session will help participants identify suitable sources of grant funding and learn fundamental approaches that will improve their chances of success. 

Who should attend?

This event is aimed voluntary sector staff (including those working for social enterprises) who are new to fundraising or who have some experience but would like to develop this further.

Workshop content

Attendees will learn how to:

  • How to plan funding bids correctly avoiding the common mistakes
  • How to identify existing funding opportunities with some indication of likely success rates
  • How to present funding bids in a more compelling way
  • How to ensure projects are properly costed.

Workshop facilitator

The session will be delivered by Alan Crawford.

Alan Crawford has spent the last six years in Solihull, working with voluntary groups of all sizes to secure grant funding. During that period he helped raise over £7m in capital and revenue funding, enjoying a success rate of just under 90%. Alan has also delivered consultancy support to a range of other groups across the country on fundraising. In addition he has delivered training on fundraising to a broad audience from the public and voluntary sectors. Alan is a panel member for the Heart of England Community Foundation and a Trustee of two local Foundations and is therefore experienced in the scrutiny process of assessing bids.

Eligibility to attend

This is a free workshop for voluntary, community or social enterprise organisations that have their registered / head office in Solihull. To check your eligibility for this workshop please visit our website.

This workshop is provided by the Solihull Community Enterprise for Success Programme 2016-19 funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and supported by Solihull Council and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, offering help and advice to grow existing voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.