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Putting Fun into Funding


Community First has two upcoming funding training opportunities:

Read on below for a recap of our Putting Fun into Funding Conference in Winchester.

On 11th October 2019 over 60 delegates from charities and community groups from around the Winchester area got together to find out how to make the most of local funding opportunities. Community First’s ‘Putting Fun into Funding’ conference took place at The Pastoral Centre, St Peter’s Church in Jewry Street, Winchester. The event was supported by a grant from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation.

Emma Dovener and Harry Stow presenting for Energise Me Mark Rose from South Downs National Park Authority speaks about the Sustainable Communities Fund Mike Denny from Institute of Fundraising

Speakers included Harry Stow, Emma Dovener, and Charlotte Doughty who advised delegates about bidding for grants from Energise Me, a charitable organisation that promotes physical activity and sport. Mark Rose from the South Downs National Park Authority spoke about the Sustainable Communities Fund, which supports projects that develop a sense of place and responsibility for the local environment. Mike Denny from the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) gave his ‘Top Ten Tips for funding success’ and included the advantages of IoF membership. He emphasised the importance of a charity knowing their pitch and seeking out major local donors.

Sue Dovey CEO Action Hampshire Nina Kelly CEO Safe New Futures Carl Francis from speaks about crowdfunding

Guest speakers also discussed some alternative approaches to funding. Sue Dovey, CEO of Action Hampshire, explained how charities can use trading and enterprise to better support their beneficiaries. Nina Kelly, CEO of SAFE New Futures, spoke about the organisation’s trading arm and how its courses use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and vocational training to benefit its beneficiaries. Carl Francis from crowdfunding platform shared his insights about successful crowdfunding campaigns. His top tip was to create a specific, inspiring story from personal experience.

FirstBite provided an excellent buffet lunch for delegates, creatively using surplus supermarket food. (They also hold a Community Lunch each Thursday lunchtime at the Pastoral Centre). Edwards Insurance Brokers, who specialise in charity and church as well as commercial and private insurance, covered the cost of lunch. Their Senior Development Executive Alan Kafoor attended.

One delegate commented, “This was a fabulous event, all the speakers were excellent and there was so much energy in the room. The lunch was excellent, FirstBite are wonderful.”

Community First’s next funding fair is due to take place in Fareham in February 2020. In the meantime, Community First’s Community Development Officers are available to offer advice on funding, governance and all aspects of charity, community, voluntary group and social enterprise work. If you have not thought about Community First membership yet, give it a go – it is free to groups and organisations operating in Winchester, Havant, Fareham, and East Hampshire.

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