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Planning for Recovery - How Charities can Prepare

Planning For The Recovery

Posted on 26 May 2020

How charities can prepare for the future


In this article, we review the uncertainty about the future for our sector and consider the ways in which charities can prepare for the recovery from the Covid-19 Crisis.

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Fundraising in the wake of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak

Posted on 20 March 2020

Fundraising and Coronavirus


Mitigating the impact on your charity’s voluntary income when all else is chaos


The Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is set to have a serious and unprecedented impact on the charity sector – and will continue to do so for a long time to come.

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Fundraising Consultants Fees

Posted on 05 October 2018

How do fundraising consultants charge?

This is one of the first questions that many charities ask us. So, in this article we will briefly set out how fundraising consultants fees normally work.

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How to Choose Fundraising Consultants

How to Choose Fundraising Consultants

Posted on 20 December 2017

So you need to boost your fundraising, develop a strategy or maybe you just need some advice on developing grant applications. You are thinking of engaging fundraising consultants to help but where do you start?

In this article we look at how you can make sure you find the right fundraising consultancy for your charity’s needs.

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Big Lottery Fund – Reaching Communities Timescales

Posted on 06 November 2017

If you are planning a Reaching Communities application to Big Lottery Fund then make sure you factor in current timescales. High application volume has seen their response times increase to at least 14 weeks for stage one and at least four months for stage two bids.

Reaching Communities is BLF’s flagship main grants fund for projects in England. Grants are available of between £10K – £500K.

Funding is focused on projects that support:

  • Lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces
  • Communities to develop happier and stronger relationships with each other
  • Taking action to focus on the root causes of social problems to tackle them at the earliest possible stage.

Our fundraising consultants have a fantastic track record in securing funding from a whole range of Lottery funding strands, including reaching communities. Please take a look at our Lottery Bid Writing Service, some of our case studies or get in touch if you would like to discuss support with planning and developing your funding bid.

BLF Reaching Communities – Extra Funding to develop skills

Posted on 13 November 2014

Big Lottery Fund are making additional funding available for staff and Trustees to develop their skills. Reaching Communities applicants can apply for up to 10% of the total grant applied for, with a maximum of £15k (this is in addition to funding for evaluation, overheads etc.) The money is intended to support organisations to become more sustainable and doesn’t have to be spent on the project you are applying for.

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