You are invited to our Annual Funding Fair

This year we’re going Virtual, join us for Workshops, Presentations and Q&As
with our special guests ranging from Local to National Funders.
Read on to find out more and get involved…

This event was held on Wednesday March 10th 2021
**FAQs at the bottom of the page**

This event provides a great opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge.
We have organised a successful funding fair since 2012 with up to 80 voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises from across Dorset attending each year. 
The groups find this event “informative and useful” as a quote from last year’s event demonstrates:
“Very useful event, I travelled from East Devon so it needed to be good – it was”

Meet our Guests

DCF’s Grants Manager, Ellie Maguire will provide an introduction to the Foundation and its grant-making, some ‘top tips’ for writing funding applications, and a guide to funder due diligence checks:

  • What is a Community Foundation
  • What are our overall funding priorities
  • What funding programmes will be available in the coming year
  • ‘Top tips’ for funding applications and what panels look for
  • Why do funders ask for supporting documents and what are due diligence checks

Katie Dawes, Communications & Engagement Officer for
Low Carbon Dorset is a Dorset Council led programme providing free advice and grant funding to help Dorset’s businesses, community organisations and public-sector improve their energy efficiency and develop renewable energy projects.

The five-year programme, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, has already awarded over £2.6m in grants and is looking to support more organisations across Dorset reduce their carbon footprint.

Richard King, Regional Officer for the South West, will present the funding programme and be on hand to answer questions.

BBC Children in Need gives grants to charities and not-for profit organisations working with children and young people aged 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

If your organisation covers work connected to any of these issues, please join Richard to find out how to apply to their forthcoming funding rounds in April 2023.

Elizabeth Hodgson will explain the funding available from Comic Relief & Tesco Bags of Help

Kirsty Main from The National Lottery. The National Lottery Community Fund has two open programmes, Reaching Communities and Awards for All. Kirsty Main the local Dorset Funding Officer will be providing an update on both programmes.

Jen Richardson ACA FCCA DCha, Head of Charities and Community at Ward Goodman Chartered Accountants.

  • What are core costs?
  • How to cost funding applications. 
  • Short and long term budgeting tips.

Alternative funding streams – Introduction to Quizalot and interactive quiz

QUIZALOT presents a whistle-stop tour of the happy place where entertainment and fundraising have a ball. This might give you some useful information on how the hospitality sector, real-world events and online happenings generate income for “Worthy causes”.  A look at pre- and post- Covid-19 fundraising opportunities.  Also, there’s a quiz.  No: not football, films, and geography. We want to see how much you know about your own sector

The Trust’s aim is to support important causes across the area.  From Churches to watersport organisations, schools to community centres and even marching bands.  No cause is too small or too big.  We look at every application individually and award funds based on the ways in which either a donation or loan can benefit the local community.

Vicky Oliver from Volunteer Centre Dorset

When organisations plan their funding they look at their assets, outgoings, overheads etc but rarely give thought to their volunteers. Volunteers make a vital contribution to the organisations they support and it is imperative for organisations to factor the importance of supporting volunteers into any strategic planning and financial considerations.

To a volunteer, you are their organisation, they are not your volunteer. They have chosen where to donate their time, skill and interest. An organisation has a duty to encourage, train, develop and support volunteers for the duration of the time spent with them. Volunteer Centre Dorset will give an overview of a volunteer’s experience with an organisation, from recruitment onwards and the importance of an organisation to invest in this journey.

Darryl Tidd from Talbot Village Trust.

The Trust’s aim is to support important causes across the area.  From Churches to watersport organisations, schools to community centres and even marching bands.  No cause is too small or too big.  We look at every application individually and award funds based on the ways in which either a donation or loan can benefit the local community.

Village Hall Risk Assessment – Key Considerations

  • Reminder of main legal requirements
  • What is new for halls that have been closed due to COVID-19
  • Risk assessment for playgrounds and playing fields
  • Sources of valuable information
  • Importance of correct sums insured and rebuild costs valuations

Applying for and Delivering an ESFA Community Training Grant 

Groundwork London and Groundwork South are providing a workshop on applying for funding from ESFA Community Training Grants, which they administer in Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The workshop will provide some handy tips on the types of projects the programme aims to support, how to plan a project and develop an application and also some information on the support available for those who are successful in applying. 

Grants of £5,000 and £20,000 are available, with up to £1282.42 available to work with each participant. Small organisations and Third Sector organisations can apply to work with those who are unemployed and economically inactive to help them move closer to the labour market. 

Martin Petry – ESFA Community Training Grants 

These Grants aims to support organisations that work with those furthest from the labour market. Grants of £5,000 and £20,000 are available, with up to £1282.42 available to work with each participant. Small organisations and Third Sector organisations can apply to work with those who are unemployed and economically inactive, to move them closer to employment. 

The session will cover eligibility (of applicants and participants), the wide range of activities that can be supported, reporting requirements and the support available to meet those, details of where to apply, application workshop dates and application deadlines. 

Ian Wells & Laura Cornette join us from Dorset Council Community & Culture Project Fund. 

This is a small grants fund being launched at the end of April 2021. The fund aims to support local community groups and ‘not for profit’ organisations including registered charities who meet the funds eligibility criteria and can also demonstrate how they  support their local communities including disadvantaged or marginalised groups within the Dorset council area. The fund will focus on supporting  new projects and activities across several themes including support for the Voluntary and Community sector, Culture (Museums, Heritage, Arts), and Sport and Physical Activity.  

The presentation will focus on providing applicants with an overview of the new fund including details on key themes, the application process, who is eligible, who is not eligible, what can be applied for, important dates, funding available and an overview of Dorset Council priorities which the fund seeks to support.  At the end there will also be an opportunity for delegates to ask Dorset Council’s grants team questions before making an application.

Jon Bird, European Policy & Funding Officer will also be here to talk about ‘Funding that Fits’

Finding and successfully bidding for funding can be hard work. Taking the time to consider a few key questions can make the search for funding that fits simpler, easier, and more likely to result in a successful application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully the below will help answer any questions you have about the day although please do get in touch with us on info@dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk if you have any further questions at all!

Yes, we use the Eventbrite booking procedure so we ask that you sign up here. This is so that we can email you with details of the event both before and afterwards. This is also a paid for session so Eventbrite will be a safe platform to make your ticket purchase. 

We shall be using an application called ZOOM for this session, as many of you may already be used to from our regular support webinars or networking.

Please ensure you have the zoom app available to use, if you’re not familiar with zoom, please click here to read our guidance on how to utilise this technology.

ZOOM Etiquette:
Please use the chat/messaging option to pose questions or comments initially. 
If waiting to speak, please ensure the previous person has finished their sentence.
Using headphones is advised. 
Full reasoning behind these guidelines are in the guidance note

Once booked onto the day, we shall contact you to see which guests you may prefer to be in a session with. As we have a set agenda we may not be able to accomodate everyone’s needs so you may not get your first choice of guest.

Although all the sessions will be recorded so you can watch a specific funder afterwards. 

This event is open to the public, although our members do get a 50% discount on the entry cost, if you’re not yet a member but would like to also benefit from this discount then click here to sign up before booking your place. 

Yes (well, sort of), we wish to record the sessions so that if you wish to see another presenter, then it will be captured for later viewing or if any attendees have any technical issues or similar. 

Although, you will only be recorded on the camera if you choose to speak, as the system is set to record only the presenter (or person who is speaking) for the final video. If you object to this then please contact us so that we can help turn off your video.