Civil Society

A more informed dialogue on charities’ role in civil society is needed

Public expectation weighs heavily on charities. They are rightly seen as forces for good, helping the vulnerable, tackling social problems, and helping to meet gaps in public services. What’s more, they do this against a backdrop of funding pressure and an increasingly complicated regulatory climate. But this level of expectation must make it difficult for… Continue reading A more informed dialogue on charities’ role in civil society is needed

Civil Society, Politics

Civil society needs to speak up and be heard

The expectation of change I had in the first few days following the election result, sadly, is now subsiding. A Conservative government will likely continue, with Theresa May seeking the votes she needs from the DUP to stay as prime minister. My own disappointment is I am sure, widely shared by the community and voluntary… Continue reading Civil society needs to speak up and be heard

Politics, Social Media

We should all become political; and social media must be our platform

The general election campaign opened with Theresa May heading for a greatly increased majority in the Commons. Two weeks in, and nothing much has changed. So unless the unexpected happens, we must prepare for five more Tory years. For civil society, the prospect of continued austerity, and a hard Brexit, is unlikely to receive a… Continue reading We should all become political; and social media must be our platform

Governance & Funding

What you should know before applying for trust or grant funding

Re-blogged from Citrus Consultancy…

 

File 30-10-2016, 11 20 16 Fundraising…where do I start?

So you want to make a difference, but need trust or grant funding to get your project off the ground. A good place to start is with one or more of the many funding organisations, of which the Big Lottery is perhaps the most well-known. There are a wide range of trust and similar funders, from the small to the large; and all will consider suitable applications for funding.

But is it as easy as it appears?

Sadly, seeking trust or grant funding generally requires more than a well-written letter. Even those organisations who have no formal application process, and who will accept written requests, have criteria that must be met before an application is considered. To complicate matters, some funders, albeit a minority, do not make their criteria particularly clear; and your fundraiser may need to delve deeper before you can proceed.

How then should…

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