Welcome to the Funding Information and Advice Service
NEW – Community Grants Fund open NOW!
St Albans City & District Council 2013-2014 Community Grants is administered by St Albans CVS.
• How much - £500 to £5000
• What for - capital expenses, fixed term projects and/or to give added value to existing activities
Click here to find out more/get help to apply.
For advice on alternative grants and becoming a member of the CVS please contact the CVS.
St Albans CVS Funding Information and Advice Service is wholly funded by St Albans District Council to support voluntary and community groups in the district to be fundable, to access council grants and to secure as much external funding as possible.
In 09/10, we helped local groups secure £ 234,002 in funding from a variety of sources.
The following groups, to name but a few, have benefited recently from our help:
St Albans City Youth, SW Herts Samaritans, Bethany Community Church, the Polish Association of St Albans, Hertfordshire Asian Women’s Association.
St Albans City Youth made such good use of the service in 2010, we decided to award them a certificate! David Wray receives the award from Laura Cronshaw, Chief Executive of the CVS below:
Scroll down to find out more about:
• Our funding information service
• Our advice and support service
• Our local fundraising training
• Good practice and information resources about all aspects of fundraising, including fundraising from the community
Our Information Service
We keep track so you don’t have to!
1 HERTS CVS Find the Funding Newsletters
As a member group you will automatically be emailed 10 Find the Funding newsletters a year. These summarise current available funds and their deadlines. These newsletters were originally developed with the support of Hertfordshire County Council.
2 Funding Advice Network Briefing Sheets
You can also ask to receive a briefing sheet on local funders and on funders who fund work in specific service areas. These briefing sheets were also developed with the support of Hertfordshire County Council.
Children and Young People
Faith Buildings and Groups
Healthcare, Mental Health and Disabilities
Training and Learning
Refugees, Migrants, Homeless
3 Searchable Funding Databases and E Alerts
To find out where you can source information about funding yourself, click on the link below:
Searchable funding databases
4 Funding searches
As a member group you can ask for a funding search to be carried out by us provided you have first completed (as best you can) and returned:
Funding Search for a Specific Project
Alternatively you can ask for an appointment to be shown how to use Funderfinder or Trustfunding and carry out the search yourself
Our Advice and Support Service
1 Help with Writing a Bid
As a member group you can ask for help with writing a bid provided you have first completed (as best you can) and returned:
Project description template
2 Help with Developing a Fundraising Strategy
You can also get help to review or develop your fundraising strategy provided you have first completed (as best you can) and returned:
Organisation Funding Strategy template
3 Help with Fundability
If you need help to improve your governance or management in order to be fundable, we can help with constitutions, legal forms, model policies etc. If you are starting from scratch, ask for a model document to get started. If you have an existing document, e mail it to us if you want our comments.
4 Help with Enterprise
If you want to increase your earned income, we can help you to identify what you have to sell and how to price it. If you are an existing registered charity, we can also advise you what is allowable in relation to trading.
If you are starting up a social enterprise from scratch or you are re-structuring an existing organisation in order to develop and depend for your future on earned income, please refer to the Social Enterprise section of the website.
Local Fundraising Training
We organise low cost local training for all voluntary groups in Developing a Fundraising Strategy, Making a Funding Application, Applying for a Small Grant and Costing and Pricing your Services.
Click here for the latest training information.
Good Practice and Information Resources
St Albans CVS has a library of reference books for member groups and good practice guides on fundraising and other issues. Click here to access the list.
The Charities Information Bureau has a Funding Newsletter and good practice material.
The Institute of Fundraising sets the standard for good fundraising practice. Start as you mean to go on!
The NCVO Introductory Guide to Funding and Finance is a useful starter’s guide
NCVO Sustainable Funding Project has lots of useful information about diversifying income, trading and earning and loan funding.
The Charities Commission has guidance on Charities, trading and VAT and Charities and Public Service delivery while HMRC has good guides to tax and VAT for charities that trade and earn business income.
Charity and Non-profit KnowHow website from NCVO
HMRC has the latest guidance on Tax efficient donations - Gift Aid Tax efficient donations – payroll giving,and giving via a legacy.
St Albans District Council has guidance on street and house to house collecting locally, and Comprehensive guidance about when charities can sell alcohol to raise funds, rules on lotteries, competitions and gaming etc.
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