A practical, interactive workshop giving expert hints and tips to improve the quality and maximise the success of your future bids.
This workshop covers the fundamental elements of bid writing, presented in a logical order. It covers topics such as how to provide evidence of the need or demand for your project, the importance of outputs, outcomes and impact (and the difference between them), how to match what you want to do to what the funder wants, as well as tips on writing styles.
The things you will learn can be applied to the whole range of bid writing: from bids to smaller funders where there is no formal application form, right up to the two or three stage applications to larger funders such as The Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief.
Who is it for?
The workshop is aimed at Not For Profit (charity / voluntary / community / social enterprise / third sector) organisations that wish to apply for grant funding. The same principles apply to those bidding for contract work e.g. to local authorities, and so those organisations may also wish to attend.
It is suitable for anyone with a focus on fundraising and bid writing in particular, including those who are new to bid writing, those with some experience and also those who wish to have a refresher to ensure that their skills and knowledge are up to date.
This could include employed staff at any level, volunteers and Trustees / Board members.
By the end of the workshop, you will:
be aware of common pitfalls in making funding applications and how to overcome them
have a detailed knowledge of practical ways to improve bid writing
have had the opportunity to practise applying the new learning through a series of practical exercises
be able to undertake more focussed searches for future funding opportunities
take away a toolkit containing useful checklists and a standard bid template which you can use now and in the future
Introduction to Bid Writing and Advanced Bid Writing are two, separate, half-day workshops designed to complement each other. It is not a requirement to do both workshops although it is strongly recommended to make sure you have the whole picture and to maximise the benefits to your organisation. The workshops may be taken on the same day or you may wish to do the Introduction course then do the Advanced course at a later date. Each course must be booked and paid for separately. You can, of course, attend an individual workshop as a stand-alone option.
Just thought I’d let you know that we have been successful with our bid… full grant for four years… without your input I suspect we would never have done so well.
I would like to say yesterday’s workshop was the best I have attended in a long time… relevant, interesting, informative and enjoyable. I will recommend it to my colleagues.
Thank you for the bid writing training – I am confident that the expertise and knowledge you have shared will be very useful. It was an enjoyable and engaging session.
Terms and Conditions and FAQs
Tickets are non-refundable. If you cannot attend on the booked date, you are welcome to send someone else in your place. There is no additional fee for this.
Tickets can be transferred to an alternative event date for a fee, as below:
Transfers more than two months before the event date will incur a charge of £25.
Transfers two months or less before the event date will incur a charge of £50.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
You can contact Catherine Liddle via email: email@example.com
Can I update my registration information?
Yes. If, for example, you need to add or change the name of the person who will be attending, you can change this yourself by going back into your booking. See your confirmation email from Eventbrite.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes. Please let the organiser know in advance if possible by amending your booking on Eventbrite - see your confirmation email - or by emailing Catherine on firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. The groups are small - maximum size 10 people - so you will be registered individually when you arrive. Tickets are not necessary although you may wish to bring your printed ticket with you for the venue address.