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Monday 28th October 2013 │York Racecourse

Speakers 10.05 – 10.40

Jonathan Farnhill Fundraiser and Author

10:40 – 11:00

Andrew Morris Deputy Director, Big Lottery Fund

11:00 – 11.20

Joe Irvin CEO, NAVCA

11:20 – 11:30


11:30 – 11.40

Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society

11.40 – 12.00

Michael O’Toole Crown Representative for the Voluntary Sector

12.00 – 12.20

Debra Allcock Tyler CEO, Directory of Social Change

12:20 – 12:40


1.30pm — 2.15pm

ROOM 1 What Are We Looking For in a Project?

Budgets for Bids

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of Lottery funds to good causes. ‘Our money goes to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment’.

The workshop will introduce you to some of the ‘basics’ of putting together a budget for a funding application. Looking at simple budget formats, how to incorporate a cash-flow forecast, plus tips on improving the accuracy of your figures. The workshop will also consider some of the additional costs you may need to think about when putting your budget together.

This workshop will provide an overview of the Big Lottery Fund and the top tips for applying, it will look at how we work, what we fund and what we are looking for in a project. The workshop will focus on applications The Community Accounting Network North to the Big Lottery Fund’s open programmes. Yorkshire (CANNY) provides free support to Led by: The Big Lottery Fund small voluntary and community groups around managing their finances. CANNY is a joint project of the York & North Yorkshire Local Support and Development Organisations.

Mistakes to Avoid

2.15pm — 3.00pm

ROOM 3 Comic Relief’s New UK Grants Programme? Sue Cook is Comic Relief’s UK Grants Advisor for Yorkshire and the Humber. Sue will introduce the new UK grants programme, describe the 5 themes and priorities, explain the new two stage application process and how bids will be assessed and try to answer your questions about applying!

Led by: Sue Cook from Comic Relief

Led by: CANNY

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of Lottery funds to good causes. ‘Our money goes to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment’.

3.00pm — 3.45pm


This workshop will provide an overview of the Big Lottery Fund and the top tips for applying, it will look at how we work, what we fund and mistakes to avoid. The workshop will focus on the Big Lottery Fund’s Strategic Programmes.

Led by: The Big Lottery Fund

Investment Readiness—What Does it Mean for You? In this ever changing funding landscape, why is investment readiness and other sources of funding other than grant funding important? This workshop will provide a snapshot of what investment readiness and other funding options can do to help your organisation to survive and grow.

Led by: Charity Bank

Avoid the Bin! Based on feedback from 14 funders this workshop is aimed at people who are either new to fundraising from trusts and foundations or who do not fundraise as a full time job. Looking at the top five reasons why applications succeed and why they fail as well as covering what funders really want this workshop should help you improve your chances of putting together successful funding applications and avoiding the bin!

Led by: Santander

Successful Grant Applications

Understanding Loan Finance

This workshop will cover:

The Key Fund is a social enterprise which aims to provide loans and investments to Social Enterprise and community owned organisations in the North of England.

Where to identify funding opportunities; Understanding funding terminology; Choosing a funding programme; How to prepare effective applications that meet funder objectives; • Understanding the policy landscape; • Looking at applications from the funder's point of view; • Effective Writing - using 'hot' words; The workshop is designed for anyone who has been thrown into funding at the deep end, helping to develop and equip delegates with the skills needed to confidently research and apply for funding. • • • •

Led by: GRANTfinder—Idox Information Solutions

Legacy Fundraising Masterclass

This session will look at how, for very little investment, a small charity can make the need for gifts in Wills known to its supporters, The Key Fund offers an innovative mix of flexible through existing and and accessible finance in the form of grants with innovative methods of loans, loans or equity investments for the communication. development of your social business. This workshop will advise you if you are looking for innovative ways of raising Risk Capital, achieving Scale or are simply considering Loan Finance for the first time.

Led by: Key Fund

The session will be led by Graham Richards. Graham is an experienced legacy fundraiser, administrator & trainer. At St Gemma's Hospice, Leeds, he raised over £7m in six years from legacies. His area of specialism is legacy marketing in small, local charities and he has spoken about the topic at regional and national conferences. His strap line is: ‘Small is Bountiful!’

Led by: Graham Richards

Workshop Timetable ROOM 4


Grants for the Arts: What would you Do?

Project Planning: An interactive session

Arts Council England’s open-access, Lottery Funded ‘Grants for the Arts’ programme is open to individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. We make grants of between £1,000 and £100,000, for activities lasting up to 3 years.

This is an interactive workshop session. Participants will be split into groups and led in a discussion about their greatest successes and challenges in the following areas: • Targeting and developing referral routes. • Outcomes and understanding individual progression. • Working with beneficiaries and meaningful consultation.

This workshop will provide an introduction to the funding programme (including an overview of recent changes); the opportunity to look at example applications; consider what makes a strong application and discuss which application they would fund and why. By looking at applications, as Arts Council England sees them, attendees will get a better understanding of what information to provide to give their application the very best chance of success.

At the end of the session the groups will report back and share their top tips.

ROOM 6 Capital Projects: What you need to Know Are you thinking of developing a building (capital) project but not sure what you need to know? Simon Town will provide an overview and layman's guide to creating a scheme that will deliver what you want, be attractive to potential funders and help you steer round the common, and not so common, pitfalls. The session will cover the full project lifecycle, from initial idea through design and procurement to opening the facility.

The session will be facilitated by Harriet Stranks. Harriet brings with her a wealth of experience in grant making having previously worked for BBC Children in Need. She is currently the Head of Grant Making North at Lloyds TSB Foundation.

Simon worked for 11 years at Sport England advising on the technical aspects of developing capital projects. He also has experience of project managing major capital projects and writing successful funding applications for both small and multi-million pound building schemes.

Led by: Lloyds TSB Foundation

Led by: Simon Town Consulting

Emotions, stories, ages, audiences and relationships - why it all matters!

Charities and the Public Benefit Requirement - why it matters in all you do

This workshop will cover a mix of fundraising concepts that will focus your mind, with practical examples, tips and techniques that can be put into practice immediately. We will cover: • Emotions and stories matter. • Age cohorts and audiences. • Building relationships and new ways of working with major donors and corporates. Di brings 16 years experience as a director of fundraising. 11 years for a number of London based charities and for the past five and half years Di has directed the growing fundraising department at Epilepsy Action. Di is the Chair of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) in Yorkshire and also both Honorary Secretary and Regions’ and Nations’ representative on the IoF Trustee Board nationally. Di is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board Advisory Group. @DiFlatt #proudtobeafundraiser

Charitable status is bound up with the issue of “public benefit”. But this is not just a technical issue in charity law – it is at the heart of charitable support. This workshop will demystify the concept of public benefit and show how it affects funding applications and decisions.

A lasting difference for heritage and people – Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund

Led by: Arts Council England

Led by: Institute of Fundraising Getting to grips with Online Fundraising This workshop will cover all the fundamentals of online fundraising with and how to be successful. We’ll explore the benefits to your charity, how you can raise money online and how to use social media to reach potential donors. We’ll also introduce you to the website and how to get involved in our match funding campaigns. is an online fundraising website exclusively for local charities and community groups. Our goal is to make online fundraising easy for community groups and their supporters.

Led by:

This workshop will provide an overview of the recent changes to the Heritage Lottery Fund and an outline of the new range of funding programmes.

Led by: Heritage Lottery Fund

Whether your organisation is a charity, or whether you are seeking support from grant-making charitable trusts, almost any request for support involves making a case that what you are seeking to do will lead to benefit for the public – in other words, showing how you will make the world a better place! This doesn’t mean supporting government policy but it means being clear on the beneficiaries of your work (sometimes they are the same as service users but not always) and reporting on public benefit in your trustees’ annual report.

Led by: Professor Gareth Morgan (Sheffield Hallam University) Applying to Children in Need

Our funding for Buildings Projects

This workshop will include information about BBC Children in Need grant programmes and application criteria, with a focus on helping applicants to provide evidence of disadvantage.

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of Lottery funds to good causes. ‘Our money goes to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment’.

BBC Children in Need welcome applications from not for profit organisations working with children and young people 18 years and under and living in the UK.

Led by: BBC Children in Need

This workshop will provide an overview of the Big Lottery Fund and the top tips for applying for buildings projects, it will look at how we work, what we fund and how to make an application.

Led by: The Big Lottery Fund


In the Marketplace

Take the opportunity to talk face to face with funders and support organisations including: Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, Arts Council England, BBC Children in Need, Sported, Charity Bank, GRANtfinder - Idox Information Solutions, Heritage Lottery Fund, Beware of the Bull, Institute of Fundraising, Unity Trust Bank, WREN, Simon Town Consulting, Key Fund, Santander Foundation,, CCLA, The Grant Support People, In Kind Direct and many more...

Tickets include lunch, refreshments and a conference pack.

Day ticket for voluntary organisations and social enterprises - £65 Day ticket for all other organisations - £130

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