Community groups are supported to find funds

Picking up grant writing tips at one of the free LCVS workshops, back from left: Joy Hallam, Square Hole Club - mDementia Support South Lincs; Sam Hill, Tonic Health; Front: Sue Gavey, Boston Rowing Club; Christine Bowyer-Sopp, Help Stop Cancer; Abi Brewin, HR consultant; Maureen Gavey, Boston Rowing Club. ANL-160718-205333001
Picking up grant writing tips at one of the free LCVS workshops, back from left: Joy Hallam, Square Hole Club - mDementia Support South Lincs; Sam Hill, Tonic Health; Front: Sue Gavey, Boston Rowing Club; Christine Bowyer-Sopp, Help Stop Cancer; Abi Brewin, HR consultant; Maureen Gavey, Boston Rowing Club. ANL-160718-205333001
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Representatives from community groups across South Holland are now armed with tips and advice to get the funds they need, thanks to two free workshops.

The workshops to help charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations to write strong grant bids were hosted by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) and attended by a total of 27 individuals.

Attendees were given information on the importance of finding a funder suited to their project, demonstrating the need for their project and the outcomes it would deliver and matching it to the funder’s goals.

They were shown example applications which demonstrated how a valid project might be rejected for funding through failing to provide the right information.

Carol Mackenzie, clerk to The Moultons Parish Council, said: “I’ve applied for grants myself in the past for other charities and have been successful but that was 10 or so years ago and things change over the years.

“There’s not a lot of money about and more groups applying for this money. In writing a decent application you stand a better chance.

“It’s been really informative. One of the exercises was almost word-for-word what I’m going to write for our application.”

Joy Hallam, of Square Hole Club – Dementia Support South Lincs, which has an established group in Market Deeping and has recently launched a Pinchbeck group, said: “I found it really, really interesting.

“Normally I’m more front-of-house and don’t usually get involved in the financial side but this has put me so much at ease.

“Seeing the example 
applications made me realise ‘I could do that’.

“I just need to listen to what’s been said and look carefully at the grant criteria.

“It’s nice to know LCVS is behind us and we can contact them. It was also a great opportunity to meet different people.”

Christine Bowyer-Sopp, of Help Stop Cancer, said: “I run a charity and charities rely on funding. In order to get more funding, you need to know how to do it properly.

“It’s about learning what funders are looking for and seeing your application through the eye of a funder.

“I’ve learned a lot today and now want to go home quickly and write an application!

“I’ve done lots of courses through LCVS and it’s brilliant. There’s so much available.

“I’m just glad something like this is available in this area to help people like me setting up a charity. I’ve had help every step of the way.”

LCVS works with groups to support them to get everything in place to be fit to fundraise, find suitable funding sources and with the application process.

Find out more and get details of future courses via www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk

The workshops were held at South Holland District Council offices, in Priory Road, Spalding.