Tips for Successful Funding Applications

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from 12:00 - 13:30
at Online

This training is part of our March funding event.

Online workshop ideal for trustees and volunteer fundraisers for small and medium sized groups. We will identify good practice and help develop the skills and knowledge focusing on:

  • Understanding what the funders want to see in an application
  • Identifying the key features of successful funding applications by using case studies and group work
  • Evidencing the need for your project and developing measurable & achievable outcomes
  • How to Monitoring and evaluating success of your project

The trainer will be one of our development workers with experience of writing and assessing grant applications.

This workshop is free to voluntary groups in Cambridgeshire. By registering for this course you agree to abide by the Support Cambridgeshire Cancellation Policy we may charge for no shows.

If you have any problems please contact us on email

Volunteer Cambs Introduction Webinar

14 December 2023
from 12:00 - 13:30
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Join this webinar will introduce you to Volunteer Cambs and explore how you can make the most of Cambridgeshire's new volunteering platform.

Who is it for?

  • Charities and community groups in Cambridgeshire that would like to find out how Volunteer Cambs can help them find and communicate with volunteers.
  • We recommend that attendees set-up their organisation profile before attending this workshop, so that this workshop enables you to build on your existing understanding and experience.

What is it about?

Volunteer Cambs boasts a range of powerful features, and these workshops will explore the various ways you can to make the most of the platform.

What will I learn?

• What is Volunteer Cambs?

• creating an eye-catching organisation profile.

• how the portal can help you promote your volunteering activities.

• how the portal can help you collate data and analytics to track volunteer involvement.

• how you can communicate with volunteers through the system.

What to expect:

Mixture of presentation and some discussion. The main element of the session will last for an hour however you are welcome to stay on to ask questions.

To Book

This training is free for all community groups and charities in Cambridgeshire. We will go into particular learning areas in more detail, depending on the needs of the group.

If you need technical help with setting up Volunteer Cambs profile, or have questions ahead of this event date, contact us via to book a support call.

Kick start your supporter experience strategy

31 January 2024
from 12:00 - 13:30
at Online

Support Retention Training led by Lucy Day from Human2Human Thinking

Who is it for?

More experienced fundraisers will get the chance to review their current systems and practices and explore best practices.

Less experienced fundraisers and those new to fundraising work will gain the information and confidence they need to develop or start implementing donor retention policies and begin to understand the part they can play in income generation strategy.

is it about?

You will get to explore how to better engage with supporters so that you and your organisation will not only see an increase in income but will also be creating a more sustainable income generation model.

What will I learn?

At the end of the session, attendees will have a clear understanding of the vital role supporter retention plays in their charity’s income generation strategy. Supporter retention: Why and who

o The benefits of investing your time in supporter retention, and communicating the need to key stakeholders

o Who are your supporters? You may have more than you think!

o The engagement plan

What to expect:

A mixture of presentation and discussion

The session will be led by Lucy Day, Human 2 Human Thinking: Founder

Lucy has over 15 years’ experience of working for local charities of all sizes. Her responsibilities have ranged from setting up fundraising functions; writing income generation and engagement strategies; product development; marketing and communications; and growing and managing teams. Lucy strives to help charities develop and grow by helping to create an employee-centric culture and deliver donor-centric fundraising.

This workshop is FREE to members of CCVS and Hunts Forum, other organisations may book at a cost of £40. To join CCVS follow this link

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

If you have any problems please contact us

Health and Wellbeing Network

28 November 2023
from 10:00 - 11:30
at Online

Health and Wellbeing Network- Meet your Social Prescriber 28th November 10-11.30- On Zoom

This month’s meeting will be an opportunity for organisations to share what they have on offer/ give others an update. This will be done in the first part of the meeting for those whose provision is across the patch and will be recorded for those who can not attend.

Then there will be break-out rooms where you can link with a Social Prescriber for your patch. We hope to have attendance from across the patch including Peterborough, Fenland, Ely, Cambourne, Hunts, and Cambridge.

Managing Volunteers Online Network

6 February 2024
from 10:00 - 11:00
at Online

A regular online session for those managing volunteers to provide support and share knowledge in a challenging environment.  The emphasis is on peer support and learning from the collective expertise on the call as well as looking at policy updates, issues and initiatives around volunteering.

If you have specific queries or topics you would like to raise please send them to 

Open to any group in Cambridgeshire managing volunteers 

Meet the funders online surgeries

5 December 2023 - to 7 December 2023
from 09:00 - 17:00
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An opportunity to meet with a funder online to discuss your activity or project ideas for funding

If you are a constituted community group, charity or club with a project or activity that you are seeking grant funding for, then here is a chance to meet some possible funders online.

This is an opportunity to talk about the funding you need and to get some general feedback, before potentially making an application.  Please note funders will NOT be able to give detailed help and if you need support to develop your application or you are not sure which funder to approach about your project you should contact CCVS via

There is information about each of the funders below, and we are arranging individual online appointments of up to 20 minutes on the following days:

  • Tuesday 5th December:
    • Cambridgeshire Community Forum
    • The National Lottery Community Fund
    • Cambridge City Council Area Committee Funding
  • Wednesday 6th December:
    • Community Chest Grants South - Cambridgeshire District Council
    • Zero Carbon Communities Grant - South Cambridgeshire District Council
    • The Evelyn Trust
  • Thursday 7th December:
    •  Community Reach Fund - Community Service, Cambridgeshire County Council
    • The National Lottery Heritage Fund

How to book a slot 

Complete this short enquiry form to provide us and the funders with some information about what you would like support with.  We will then schedule your appointments with your chosen funders.

If you have any queries or need support with the form please contact

Introducing the Funders

Cambridge City Council, Area Committee Funding 

Area Committee Community Grants of up to £5,000 are available for activities that reduce social and economic inequality for disadvantaged residents living in one of the four areas of Cambridge City. (Our ward map can help you work out which area committee you should apply to). Community, voluntary organisations, and groups of local residents are eligible to apply. The funding will be launched on 12th December and the application deadlines will be 31st January 2024. Funding is available for activities taking place between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024.   You can click this link for examples of past grants.

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation awards grants and offers support to local non-profit organisations which run projects that contribute to a better quality of life across our county. Supported projects often address inequalities and disadvantage, including issues concerning health and wellbeing, homelessness, social isolation, education, and the environment, among others. Information on available funds can be found here and a guide on how to apply here

The National Lottery Community Fund is open to applications from voluntary or community organisations.  Awards for All funds £300 to £10,000 for up to one year; Reaching Communities funds in excess of £10,000 for up to 5 years as does Partnerships which is for organisations that work together to help their community thrive.

The Evelyn Trust is interested in supporting health and wellbeing through Cambridgeshire charitable organisations using its Small Grants programme. Applications for between £4,000 and £10,000 can be made at any time and are considered quarterly. Projects are often pilots or trials of new services or may be supporting hard to reach communities or supporting groups of people where needs have increased. We have also supported small capital projects for equipment, vehicles, etc

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK. More than £30 million raised each week goes to good causes across the UK.

They offer a range of funding programmes with grants available for £3,000 and upwards

Appointments are available to speak to someone from the  Community Service  They have a small grant (up to £1,000) called the Community Reach Fund (CRF) to help groups with start-up costs e.g. for insurance or safeguarding checks and equipment and to support development and safeguarding

Community Chest Grants South Cambridgeshire District Council

SCDC offer grants of up to £2,000 applied for by not-for-profit groups or parish councils to benefit South Cambs residents.  The project must meet local need, leave a legacy for the community, and ensure equality of access.  It must also deliver one or more of the funds stated aims.  To find out more click here. Applications will need to be received by the seventh day of any given month to be considered at the Grant's Advisory Committee meeting within the same month

Zero Carbon Communities Grant, South Cambridgeshire District Council 

The Zero Carbon Communities Grant Scheme allows communities in South Cambridgeshire to take action on climate change at a very local level. Groups are invited to apply for between £2,000 and £15,000 of a total £125,000 available. This year, applications were invited for projects under the 2 themes. Reducing carbon emissions or locking up carbon and community engagement on climate change. Book an appointment to learn more about this grant programme which will open again in Spring 2024.

Removing barriers to volunteering

21 March 2024
from 09:30 - 13:00
at 16-18 Arbury Court Cambridge CB4 2JQ

Who is it for?

For those managing volunteers or volunteer-led groups who feel they could do more to welcome people with different life experiences into their organisations, particularly those who face additional challenges and who may feel discouraged from accessing mainstream volunteering.

Perhaps you'd like more ideas around how you can be inclusive, how you can deliver on your organisations equality promises and encourage those within your organisation to welcome difference.

 What will it cover?

 By the end of the session you will have improved your knowledge of inclusive volunteering and learned practical ways to implement an inclusive volunteering policy.

 What to expect?

 To gain an understanding of what inclusive volunteering entails and its value to organisations

  • How to support your organisation’s equal opportunities policy
  • How to break down real and perceived barriers and promote best practice
  • How to identify volunteer’s support needs and how to address them
  • How to motivate and manage volunteers with additional needs.

 The training will be delivered by CCVS development team

This event is FREE to CCVS and Hunts Forum members

Registration is usually limited to two bookings per member organisation please contact CCVS if more spaces are required.

By booking on this course you agree to the CCVS cancellation policy

If you have any problems please contact us on email

Building multi-cultural practice – making services inclusive and welcoming (free)

28 February 2024
from 10:00 - 12:30
at Online

We live in a society of diverse cultures. Migration and settlement have introduced many new cultures to the UK and in doing so, have brought changes to mainstream culture. However, current race disparities information shows that prejudice, exclusion, and discrimination continue to exist, impeding inclusion and leading to differential treatment of racially minoritised groups.

Research shows these impediments to inclusion also exist in organisations in the voluntary sector. This session will explore the huge benefits of multi- cultural practice to organisations.

The session will include:

1. Discussion of the benefits multi-cultural practice

2. A quick look at how language is changing

3. Current race information for Cambridge

4. A brief review of Equalities Legislation

5. Brief information on a few different cultures

6. How an idea of what is normal develops, and how this can exclude minorities

7. Identifying conscious and unconscious bias in order to address these

8. Different cultures: how this may influence behaviour and how to work positively with difference

9. Building good practice – cultural awareness in:

• designing outreach

• employment

• service design

• monitoring and evaluation

The workshop will be interactive, through group discussion and reflection. Participants will be encouraged to use their reflection and learning to develop cultural competence.

The facilitator, Ila Chandavarkar, has a strong commitment to promoting equality and is currently working with Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum (CECF). This training is part of a range of equality, diversity and inclusion training and advice offered by CECF.

Ila has substantial management and work experience in the voluntary and public sectors. She is a consultant and trainer whose previous employment roles include Head of Policy at the national Women’s Resource Centre, Chief Officer at MENTER, an East of England race equality network, and Voluntary Sector Support Manager at Cambridge City Council. Ila is also a trustee for two national organisations working with Black and Minoritised communities: Voice4Change England and Action for Race Equality.

Examples of Ila’s previous training sessions are ones on cultural awareness for social workers and similar professionals; developing equality impact assessments and a series of workshops for the University of Cambridge on identity, empathy and resilience following the EU referendum.

Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service are organising this session with funding from the City Council

Booking information

This training 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 CCVS cancellation policyIf you have any problems please contact us

Data protection essentials for small charities (free)

13 February 2024
from 12:00 - 13:30
at Online

Designed for those who are responsible for personal data in small charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.

The workshop will consider the essential elements of current data protection law; and the practice of secure handling of personal data.

At the end of the session participants will:

(a) Have an understanding of what is and is not allowed, in terms of the law.

(b) Understand the importance of, and steps needed to keep personal data secure.

(c) Be more confident in applying best practice to data protection.

The workshop will be delivered online by David Green, Director of Green Pepper Consulting. To encourage interaction, attendance will be limited to 15 people. The event will last for 90 minutes, with a short break in the middle.

By registering for this course you agree to abide by the CCVS cancellation policy

Free to any voluntary group in Cambridgeshire 

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

GET (Guidance Employment Training) Group networking meeting

30 January 2024
from 10:00 - 12:00
at online

The GET networking meeting will take place on line, via zoom, on Tuesday 30th January  from 10am – 12 noon.

The GET group is a collective of organisations (including charities, statutory and health) who support the community to access information, advice and guidance around education and training.

The meeting will be hosted by Mark Freeman as he channels Tim's unique style. We will follow the same format where all those attending will have a chance to update everyone on the work they are doing via Google forms.

There will be a funding and skills learning update.

The session will be facilitated by CCVS Development Worker, Jigna Vyas Gosal. Please contact Jigna if you have any queries or ideas for future sessions

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