Successful fundraising for voluntary groups

8 September 2022
from 09:30 - 12:00
at Online

This workshop will consider some examples of best practice in fundraising and identify ideas organisations can adapt.

Who is it for?

For small and medium sized voluntary community groups. It is ideal for trustees and volunteer fundraisers.

What is it about?

This session will look at individual giving either through personal donation or by encouraging others to raise funds for your charity and will also consider organisational giving.

It will look at:

  • how you develop your supporter base
  • what motivates people to give
  • what fundraising activities have others found successful
  • how do you steward your supporters

The trainer will be a CCVS Trainer and Development Officer

Places are usually limited to 2 per organisation, if you require more places please contact

If you have any problems please contact us on

This workshop is free to members of CCVS and Hunts Forum. There is a cost of £40 for non members - to join CCVS check out this link

By registering for this course, you agree to abide by the Cambridge CVS cancellation policy. 

Innovate and Cultivate Fund

31 August 2017 - to 31 August 2018
from 00:00 - 00:00

The Innovate and Cultivate Fund is Cambridgeshire County Council's ‘up to £1 million’ fund to help voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations realise their projects and ideas that help address the needs of local residents.

Previously known as the Cambridgeshire Communities Innovation Fund, the refreshed fund makes it easier to apply for small grants and focuses on Council funding priorities - therefore enabling innovative ideas to grow into something inspiring and impactful.

The Innovate and Cultivate Fund has two funding streams:

  • Cultivate - small grants of £2,000 - £10,000 aimed at encouraging local networks where people help themselves and each other
  • Innovate - larger grants of up to £50,000 for big projects with big ideas that demonstrate an innovative approach within one of the seven funding priorities for Cambridgeshire

All projects must:

  • be either new, or build on an existing project in a new location or with new beneficiaries
  • show that they will reduce pressure on Council services and / or offer direct savings for the Council
  • focus on one (or more) of the seven key outcomes (see link below) that are prioritised by Cambridgeshire County Council for Cambridgeshire residents

Find out more on the Innovate and Cultivate Fund, including eligibility and how to apply.

Innovation funding

13 March 2017
from 00:00 - 00:00

Through the Cambridgeshire Communities Innovation Fund, Cambridgeshire County Council is investing in ideas and expertise that will help keep people safe, independent and well in their community, while reducing demand for Council services.

The aim of the Fund is to support people to do things in their own communities or to develop a good idea, building on strengths, talents and expertise.
It is for community groups and organisations with big ideas about how to improve the lives of local people, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

For example, this could be a small scale local project that builds support for vulnerable people within the community, or a larger scale innovative project using new technology to transform the way vulnerable people can be supported.

We are looking for proposals which aim to achieve the following:
Increased capacity within communities to help others, so that people and communities become more resilient
Reduce the need for people to use Council services
Demonstrate the social value of the actions undertaken, and the impact on outcomes for the most vulnerable people in our communities.
This fund is being administered by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
More details can be found here.

The A14 community fund

13 March 2017
from 00:00 - 00:00

Highways England has been given approval for the construction of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.

As part of a commitment to the local community, Highways England is looking to support activities with a focus on bringing communities closer together. The A14 scheme will have a lasting impact on the communities along its length and the A14 Community Fund is therefore looking to support projects which consider and respond to these changes

Applications to the A14 Community Fund are invited by constituted not for profit groups (not individuals) delivering charitable projects with public benefit.  Groups may be registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, Community Interest Companies, Schools, Social Enterprises, Parish Councils or small voluntary and community organisations.

Groups need to be "grant ready" which means having appropriate policies and procedures in place to ensure their good governance and accountability.

Groups will also need to submit their Health and Safety policy.

The A14 Community Fund is seeking to support projects working within a range of themes as set out below:

  • Environmental improvement projects (e.g. community gardens, streetscape furniture, wildlife conservation, habitat creation, flood prevention)
  • Projects to reduce vehicle use/promote cycling, walking and other non-motorised users
  • Arts, culture and heritage projects (e.g. local art competitions, writers in residence, music and dance events)
  • Community involvement projects
  • Community safety projects
  • Community health and wellbeing projects
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Projects to develop skills, education & employment support.

The fund is being administered through the Cambridge Community Foundation.

More details can be found here.

Funding for volunteering in sport

15 February 2017 - to 15 February 2018
from 00:00 - 00:00

Every month, 5.6 million people across England volunteer to enable others to take part in sport and physical activity.

Sport England has released two new funds to help volunteering and social action in sport.

The Potentials Fund targets children and young people aged 10 to 20 (with a particular focus on 10-14 year-olds).

The Opportunity Fund targets people, especially adults, from disadvantaged areas. The new funds are the start of a £26m investment into volunteering between now and 2021.

Sport England are looking for projects that will provide people with opportunities which consider their individual needs and ensure they have the right support to get the most from the experience.

Projects will ideally demonstrate a positive impact on the wider community. That might mean anything from cleaner parks and river banks, to improved community relations or reduced stigma around ex-offenders.

To be eligible for the funds, your project will need to demonstrate that it can have a double benefit, for individuals and for the wider community. Specifically, it should contribute to improving:

  • Mental wellbeing and/or individual development
  • Social and community development.

The Oliver Stanley Charitable Trust

15 February 2017 - to 15 February 2018
from 00:00 - 00:00

Grants are available for registered charities carrying out projects for the relief of need throughout the UK. (a) to relieve poverty, with particular reference to housing needs and the needs of old age and persons in failing health. (b) to contribute to medical research. (c) to benefit children in need, with special reference to handicapped children and their education, and children in under developed countries. (d) to support the maintenance and development of the arts. For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact The Oliver Stanley Charitable Trust  Rathbone Trust Company Ltd  4th Floor , 1 Curzon Street, London .  W1J 5FB  Tel: 0207 399 0000.

The People’s Health Trust

15 February 2017 - to 1 March 2017
from 00:00 - 00:00

The Peoples’ Health Trust is open now for applications from groups in Cambridgeshire The deadline for a first stage application to the Trust’s Active Communities fund is coming up very soon on 1 March 2017. Don’t miss this chance to apply. Have a look at the details below and contact us if you would like help in making an application. The deadline for submitting a stage 1 application is March 1 2017 at 1:00pm. Please note that groups wanting to apply for a ‘community of interest’ grant must speak to the People’s Health Trust Development team before applying.  Contact details are on the website. We have appointments available to discuss potential applications as follows:

  • 14 February in St Neots
  • 15 February in March at the Friends of March Railway Station
  • 16 February in Whittlesey

Please email: or call 01223 464696 to make an appointment.

Mrs Maud van Norden’s Charitable Foundation

9 February 2017 - to 9 February 2018
from 00:00 - 00:00

Grants for charitable organisations in the UK for general charitable purposes. Most grants are for less than £1,000 although larger amounts are also awarded.

Applications can be made at any time and must be made in writing.
Mr Peter Michael Beckwith OBE
Peter Beckwith Charitable Trust, 3 Prospect Place, London SW20 0JP
Telephone 020 8944 1288

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

9 February 2017 - to 9 August 2017
from 00:00 - 00:00

Grants of over £1,000 are available to registered charities in England and Wales to support a wide range of charitable projects in the areas of community, education, health and social welfare.

Apprenticeship grant for employers of 16 to 24 year olds

9 February 2017 - to 9 August 2017
from 00:00 - 00:00

A grant aimed at helping eligible employers to offer young people employment through the Apprenticeship programme, by providing wage grants to assist them in recruiting their first apprentice in England. Our Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. Check the information below to see if your project should apply. But first – have you read about how, together, we improve children’s lives in the UK.

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