Basic Bid Writing

 Registration is closed for this event
The course will give you the knowledge and skills to write a small funding application.

What is this course about?

It can be hard to get funding for your group, and even small bids present a challenge if you aren’t sure of the right approach. This workshop will take you through the basics from identifying the right opportunity to receiving a grant.

What will you learn?

  • Identifying the right grant funding source for your group
  • Checking eligibility
  • Preparing to apply
  • Writing a good bid
  • Using evidence to support your application
  • Managing your fundraising

Why is this relevant or important now?

Lots of organisations still make basic mistakes with grant applications – not demonstrating their eligibility, applying for activities a funder won’t fund, mistaking outputs for outcomes - which means funders might not even get to read about your great project before putting your bid in the bin.
This is especially true at the moment when the number of applications for every grant has increased and assessors need to work through bids quickly.

Once your bid is through the first stage, it still has to be clear, distinctive and explain what may be a difficult subject or specialist need to a non-specialist reader.  This course will give you the techniques to get these basics right and present your application effectively.

Who is this course for?

People who are either new to bidwriting or who have done a little and would like additional skills


  • Standard price: £94 

Voscur membership is free for small organisations.

If you would like to benefit from VCSE Academy discounts and other benefits, you can register for Voscur membership today 

Discounted rates for Voscur Members and Affiliates:

Voscur Members: £55  Voscur Affiliates: £77 

What else do you need to know?

We need some very basic information about your group  -  what sort of group you are, and roughly what you need to fundraise for.

We hope to run this course as a face-to-face course, which would take place at a central Bristol location and follow up to date government social distancing guidelines. Lunch is not provided.

Voscur will be monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and you will be notified if this course needs to be moved online. We would make this decision in line with local and national health advice, and to safeguard the health of our attendees and staff. If the course runs online, to take part, you will need a laptop with a camera, microphone, and Wi-Fi. You won't need any other software. 

You will be emailed either the venue details or an invitation with a link to join the online training the day before the course. For more information about coronavirus, see 


December 14th, 2022 from  1:00 PM to  4:00 PM
Online course
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Full members £55.00
Affiliates £77.00
Non members £94.00
Event Information
Training level Starter
Training theme Money matters
Event image
Trainer Jenny Wildblood
Course code 221214BBW
Zoom link
Open programme Yes