Funding

How We Can Help You ?

Help and Advice

We offer a range of support to voluntary and community organisations to access and obtain funding. For example:

  • Researching funds
  • Structuring funding and tender bids
  • Diversifying income through income generation and fundraising
  • Developing and launching your crowdfunding project via Crowdfund Bucks together with the Community Impact Bucks crowdfunding support package

 

Funding Surgeries

“We would definitely recommend anyone to go to Community Impact Bucks.  They have been fantastic in giving us guidance and support.  The funding we have received would not have happened without the suggestions made by CIB.”  Cathy,  ADCMC    Read the full Success Story

"...a Funding Surgery, a fit for funding workshop (brilliant) and individual help sessions....have been invaluable" Dr Hugh Stradling, Haddenham Communiy Vehicle Founder   Read the full Success Story

We find that groups like to have face to face sessions to discuss any of the above areas or to help them think through specific issues linked to wider aspects of sustainability and funding. Members of our team run regular funding advice surgeries across the County offering individual 45 minute appointments.

You can see our future planned events and pre book an appointment time. This is a free service.

Self Help Guides

We also have a wide range of resources and ‘how to guides’ available in our resource centre.

The Institute of Fundraising offers some useful videos that can help.  Look at these links for:

Introduction to fundraising

Fundraising Disciplines

Fundraising essentials and legislation

Fundraising Strategy 

Funding Search Sites

  • Buckinghamshire Funding Search This is a free online searchable database of funding opportunities hosted and sponsored by Community Impact Bucks. This tool is recommended because it allows you to tailor your search, it’s easy to use and is updated on a regular basis. You can also sign up to receive regular funding updates.

"The Bucks Funding Search updates are very useful even to us as national organisation because they find funding news that we haven’t seen elsewhere. This ensures that we can keep up-to-date in the fast-moving funding world and can help our members to do so too. With many online databases behind a paywall it is crucial that there are free services which can be accessed by those small and fledging organisations who typically undertake innovative work with communities that others don’t reach."                              Dom Weinberg, Partnerships and Policy Manager, NCVYS July 15

Find Funding Opportunities

  • Funding Central – a free resource funded by the Office for Civil Society. This service gives access to over 4,000 grants, contracts and loans.

Big Lottery Fund Webinars big lottery logo

Are you thinking of applying to the Big Lottery Awards for All or Reaching Communities programmes…? The Big Lottery Fund run regular short (approximately 30 minutes) webinars to help applicants understand better what types of projects they will fund and how to put together a successful application.

How do I register?

To register please click on one of the links below for the session you would like to attend:

Awards for All - weekly

Evidencing Need - fortnightly (for applicants thinking of applying to the Reaching Communities Programme)

Outcomes - fortnightly (for applicants thinking of applying to the Reaching Communities Programme)

For more information visit https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/englandwebinars

Feedback from recent attendees has shown the value of webinars and comments include:

“The webinar software is easy to use and the presentation itself gave relevant examples relating specifically to the application questions”
“Great explanation of outcomes and demonstrating need, I feel confident about applying for funding now”
“Incredibly useful information on types projects you fund, reject reasons and governance information to share with new groups"
“Informative, good length, easy to understand and good interaction, which answered all my questions quickly"

Other Funding Sources Specific to Buckinghamshire :

Crowdfund Bucks - Crowdfunding takes advantage of the power of the internet to give you a new way to raise money and support for your project or venture.

Community Impact Bucks is a partner in the newly launched Crowdfunder portal exclusively for Buckinghamshire. The portal is part of Crowdfunder UK, the largest rewards-based crowdfunding platform in the UK. It has worked extensively with charities, community funding   projects and social enterprises.

Community Impact Bucks has a unique resource in the i-van, a custom converted mobile media studio. With our expert film-makers this means that we can offer you a local, cost-effective way to create the promotional video for your project. Read more here.

new futures buckinghamshire  provides expert one-to-one support for your organisation which is completely free of charge! It has been designed to support the development needs and long-term sustainability of Buckinghamshire’s Voluntary and Community Sector. This isn't a traditional grant programme so there are no lengthy application forms to complete. New Futures Buckinghamshire is managed on behalf of Bucks County Council by GrantScape, an independent fund manager and registered charity. Independent development planning support is provided by Community Impact Bucks.

To find out all about the scheme, including how to submit an Expression of Interest visit the newfuturesbuckinghamshire website or contact GrantScape on: 01908 247637

Heart of Bucks – A Community Foundation supporting charities and community groups across Buckinghamshire whose work benefits local people. The majority of grants awarded are up to £5,000, however Heart of Bucks also manage a range of other grants programmes with their own priorities and criteria – please check their website for details.

Buckinghamshire Big Society Bank - Offers loans from £1,000 to £25,000 to registered charities and social enterprises. Loans are not charged interest and are provided on an unsecured basis, with repayment terms ranging from one to five years.

Social Investment:

The term ‘social investment’ means ‘finance provided for VCSE organisations, which the investors expect to both get back and to create social impact.’   Social investment is not a grant or a donation. It is money provided to enable your organisation to generate more income or be more effective: growing your business, putting in place better systems, doing more social good, and repaying the investment in the process.

Social Investment Explained - is a guide from the Big Lottery Fund which aims to give you an overview of the UK’s social investment market and help you to work out whether and how it’s relevant to your organisation – it’s for anyone involved with a voluntary and community organisation or social enterprise (VCSE), be they a trustee, chief executive or member of staff.