Voluntary Action Swindon can help your charity or community group secure funding. In the last year, we helped more than 85 local organisations to raise more than £350,000.
Are you a charity or community group looking for funding? We can help. From community events to charitable trusts, we can guide you through the fundraising process, improving your chances of securing the funding you need. We can support you with one-to-one advice and guidance, to discuss where you might get income from, work with you on a fundraising plan, and review your funding applications.
Swindon Fundraisers Network
Swindon Fundraisers Network is for anyone involved in fundraising for Swindon charities, keen to learn from each other and improve their skills. Attendees may be staff or volunteers, experienced or just starting out, from established charities and newly formed groups – all are welcome. The Network meets three times a year to discuss particular topics, such as sponsorships, measuring the impact of a donation, and legacy fundraising. Speakers typically include fundraising experts and representatives from major funding bodies including the Wiltshire Community Foundation. The network is informal and is a chance to meet others trying to raise funds.
Fundraising Fact Sheets
Perhaps you’d like to take a look at our Fundraising Fact Sheets – they might answer some of your questions, or could provide a starting point for a discussion with us:
- Project Planning
Before you start fundraising, you need to be really clear what it is you’re raising money for. Having a clear plan will help funders to see that you are serious about your goals – making them more likely to give you a grant or donation.
- Planning Your Budget
You’ll need to know how much money is needed to run your project or service before you start asking for funding. Having a budget in place will help to avoid overspend and help you to set fundraising targets, as well as being realistic about what can be achieved.
- Who Gives Money?
The next thing to do is to decide who you’re going to approach for funding. Charities and community groups can secure funding from a range of sources, including charitable trusts, the Big Lottery Fund, companies, and even the European Union.
- Writing Applications
The language you use when writing grant applications is important. You’re much more likely to get the funding if you’re clear, specific, and positive about the difference you can make.
- Making an Application Checklist
Not every application process is the same, and different funders will ask for different things. Nevertheless, this list can help to ensure you don’t miss anything.
- Evidence of Need
It’s really important that you can show evidence that your project or service is needed. It’s not enough that you know how crucial it is – you need to be able to prove it to funders who might have no idea about your cause.
- Understanding Monitoring & Evaluation
Almost as important as Evidence of Need is Monitoring & Evaluation. Funders will want to know that their grant or donation has made a difference – so you need to think about how you will show that it has, before you apply for funding.
- Fundraising Events Action Plan
There’s a lot to consider when running an event, from raising awareness to health and safety. Here’s a draft action plan you can use to ensure you’ve covered everything when preparing for your event.
- Holding a Raffle or Lottery
There are rules around running lotteries and raffles, even when the proceeds are going to a good cause. Depending on how much money is involved, you may need to register with the council or Gambling Commission.
- Street Collections
Street collections are a good way to collect donations from the public, but there are rules around who, how, when and where you may collect.
- Gift Aid
Gift Aid is a way for people to donate to your charity without it costing them anything. You do need to be registered to claim Gift Aid, however – here’s how to do it.
- Creative Fundraising
Finally, here are some hints and tips covering best practice in all areas of fundraising.
Here are some sources of funding for you to explore. We can help with your funding applications.
For more funding sources, sign up to this free funding database: