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Changing Futures Fund

Worcestershire has many voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups and the County Council is really keen to support as many as possible. The Changing Futures Fund provides guidance and support to new, developing or more established VCS groups across the county. It connects groups with experts who guide organisations through what can often be really complex issues; for example organising financial systems, fundraising and Marketing.

 

We can work for you free of charge for up to 6 days, as we are a provider on two packages…

 

In essence if you are a Worcestershire based non-for-profit organisation then you could be eligible for up to 3 days of advice paid for by Worcestershire County Council.  For More information follow this link here.

 

The two packages we provide and how we provide them are:

 

Fund Raising Package

 

Contact Details

 

Locations Covered and Support Hours

globe Areas covered are Worcester / Bromsgrove / Redditch / Wyre Forest / Wychavon / Malvern

clock Able to provide support during normal office hours and out of hours.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

We have, many years experience (10+) in offering and delivering quality fundraising advice and have written over 1,000 funding applications with an above 85% success rate. We have also assessed funding applications on behalf of National, Regional, and Local Grant Giving.

 

Workshops and Funding Advice Sessions

We have delivered over 500 workshops to MP’s, Parish Councils, public sector bodies, on behalf of the National Lottery, Private Sector Organisations and a whole host of non-for-profit organisations. We specialise in giving organisations the sustainable tools to write successful funding applications, Fundraising Strategies and attracting continual support from organisations and individuals.

 

Funding Applications

We have written successful Funding Applications to every conceivable grant giving body from European Sources to National Government, Regional Government, Local Government, Lottery (Arts, Heritage, Sport, BIG) and the many trusts and foundations that exist.

 

Delivery Plan

We have many years experience of working to the needs of organisation operating in the Voluntary sector and pride myself on offering a professional, no-nonsense bespoke service tailored to desires.
This would include:

  1. Needs Analysis – Identifying organisations needs based on current situation and desired direction of travel – a plan will be devised and agreed upon in writing.
  2. Project Proposal – Identifying a number of grant-giving-bodies that would help fund projected running costs be them capital, revenue, core funding, project funding, organisational sustainable funding (fundraising strategy based on major giving, legacy, corporate partnership or general donation identification).
  3. Organisational Training – On compiling a successful funding application orientated around identifying primary and secondary research sources, developing an application based on Need, Outcomes and Beneficiary Involvement.

Exit Plan – Enable the organisation to have a clear understanding of further sustainable sources of funding that will enrich their organisation post my involvement.

Contact us for more details

 

Organisations Set-Up Package

 

Contact Details

Locations Covered and Support Hours

globe Areas covered are Worcester / Bromsgrove / Redditch / Wyre Forest / Wychavon / Malvern

clock Able to provide support during normal office hours and out of hours.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

We enabled many organisation to establish themselves in the non-for-profit sector through my relevant knowledge, skills and experiences acquired by my employment as Funding and Resources Manager – Worcestershire County Council, Sports Development Manager – Worcester City Council, Business Development Manager for a local charity and CEO of Shaw Funding and Business Consultancy.
Over this period (10+ years), we have assisted the establishment and set-up of organisations as Charities, Community Interest Companies, Social Enterprises, Cooperatives and Mutual’s.
We pride ourselves on giving up-to-date accurate and relevant guidance and will draw on my experience of establishing such organisations; concentrating upon:

  • Constitutional and Regulatory Requirements
  • Organisation Governance and Trustee Roles
  • Defining Objectives orientated around beneficiary requirements and Business Need
  • Developing ‘working’ Business Plans
  • Operational requirements including Staffing, Volunteers, Marketing and sustaining your service.

Contact us for more details

 

Delivery Plan

We have many years of experience working to the needs of organisations operating in the Voluntary sector and offer a professional bespoken service tailored to their desires.
This would include:

  1. Needs Analysis – Identifying organisations desired needs based on current situation and proposed direction of travel – a plan will be devised and agreed upon in writing.
  2. Organisational Proposals – Advise as to the most appropriate organisation body, assisting with the compilation of application and supporting information. Giving clear guidance on regulations, roles and timeframes to meet in order to establish in the desired and appropriate filed.
  3. Operational Needs – Assist the organisation to write required documentation such as; Business Plans, Constitutions, Delivery Policy and Financial set-up.
  4. Exit Plan – Enable organisations to have a clear understanding of further assistance from regulatory bodies and sector operators; this will aid the organisation to become a long-term respected operator in their desired field.

 

Changing Future Funds