Fundraising In A Crisis
Tom Froud from our Audit & Charities team provides an update on grants and fundraising from the recent Dorset Community action weekly webinar.
Grant fundraising – There has been an increased amount of emergency funds that are around to help the charity sector in these uncertain times.
There is a full list that can be found on the DCA website. https://www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/
Some of the funders that are specific to the Dorset area are detailed below:
Dorset Community Foundation.
They have set up an emergency fund for charities helping the vulnerable.
The grant is up to £5,000 and can cover core costs, they may also consider retrospective cost, there are no time scales at this time, and they have relaxed the rules for new charities that don’t have a strong governance (although a referee will be required).
Talbot Village Trust.
They have opened a £1million fund, to help charities on the front line.
The fund covers the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area, but they are considering applications from East Dorset and the Purbecks. Maximum grants of £50,000 and they are allowing multiple applications. These are open to revenue, core and capital costs. They are also considering retrospective applications.
Other small funds to note, the Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest is still running https://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/about-us/community-chest/ and so is the Tesco Bags of Help https://www.groundwork.org.uk/national-grants/grants_tesco-community-grants/
For sport and exercise related charities and CIC’s Sport England has a separate fund of £300 – £10,000 which is available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. https://www.sportengland.org/news/195-million-package-help-sport-and-physical-activity-through-coronavirus
For rural charities The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic. They are offering up to £2,500 for these charities. https://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme
Other funding tips to note:
Just because these are different times, does not mean that the applications should be rushed. Continue to take your time and write precise and clear applications.
Make sure you are eligible for the funding you are applying for, do not waste your time or the funders time.
Make sure you stay in touch with your donors, now is a great time to make the most out of social media. Show off the impact your charity is making.
Review your online giving form, and if you don’t have one include an online donation button. Make sure the button is obvious and mobile friendly.