Pitch Perfect – An opportunity to promote your project to a panel of funders.

Pitch Perfect Event

Christchurch Borough Council and The Dorset Funders Forum are pleased to provide the opportunity for local organisations that support children and Young People to present their project ‘idea’ to a panel of funders including BBC Children in Need, Big Lottery, Talbot Village Trust and Dorset Community Foundation. This event will also provide the opportunity to obtain advice and information on developing a good application and the support available locally to get your great idea funded.  

This event has been made possible due to funding from Christchurch Borough Council, Dorset County Council, The Big Lottery and BBC Children in Need.

Date: 26th June Christchurch 

Timings: 9:30am for 10:00 start until 3.30 / 4pm 

Booking: £5 booking fee for event on 26th June or £25 combined fee for event on 26th June and 1:1 1/2 session with Community Advisor. (PLEASE RING US ONCE BOOKED TO CONFIRM A DATE AND TIME) 

Morning Session

Each attendee will be expected to present a short outline of their project, lasting no more than 5 minutes. The audience will be made up of other organisations from across Dorset that support children and young people, agencies offering local support, including Dorset Community Action and representatives from funding organisations whose grant programmes support children and young people’s projects.  

Guidance for Project Outline

Your presentation should include;

  • A brief background to the organisation. – Who you are.
  • The main beneficiaries of your project, where they live and the key issues affecting them. – How you know this.
  • A description of your main project activities and how you will deliver them. – What you do / plan to do / offer.
  • How your project will benefit those you are working with. – The difference you will make.
  • Total project cost and any match funding you have secured.

The outline is expected to be a verbal presentation only (props allowed but no power point presentations) and should last no more than 5 minutes, followed by questions from the audience / panel if time allows.

Afternoon Session – Masterclass & Funding Support

Those projects that represent a good fit with a panel members funding programme will be invited to attend an afternoon workshop / masterclass designed to improve understanding of the application process.

For those organisations who are not invited to the afternoon workshop, there will be the opportunity to receive 1:1 support from the DCA Community Advisor who can advise on alternative sources of funding, good governance and gathering evidence of need for your project and guidance on ‘next steps’.


This workshop will provide information on the current funding climate, what can and cannot be funded as well as top tips on how to improve your chances of success. It is designed to be interactive and will focus on key issues where applicants typically fail, such as ‘evidencing the need’ for their project and the ability to demonstrate how their activities and services will deliver the differences to their beneficiaries that meet funder ‘outcomes’. Throughout the workshop these topics will relate to the various sections of the relevant application forms.

As a result of this event you will:

  • Have pitched your project idea to a panel of potential funders and supporters.
  • Have a clearer understanding of what you need to do to secure funding for your project.
  • Have networked with other organisations supporting children and young people, sharing experience, developing useful connections and possibly identified potential partners / collaborators.
  • You will NOT be guaranteed funding as a result of attending this event.

Next Steps:

If you are interested in participating;

1)    Register for the event at Eventbrite by 12 noon on Friday 15th June 2018. Spaces are limited to 2 people per organisation in order to benefit as many local projects as possible.

2)    Submit your 1 page project brief to DCA by to be circulated to funding panel prior to the event date by 12 noon on Wednesday 20th June 2018.

NB: Please note, tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided, please bring your own networking lunch.

Support with developing your proposal:

If you feel you would benefit from support in preparing your proposal and / or would like someone to review it before submitting it to the funding panel. DCA has experienced Community Advisors that can assist and can offer each group a 30 minute 1:1 session. This would need to be booked at the time of booking on to the event and would incur a charge of an extra £20, (£25 total). 

For further information:- please contact us on 01202 847605 or email [email protected]