Basic Bid Writing

The course will give you the knowledge and skills to write a small funding application.

Theme: Money matters
Level: Starter
Date: Thursday 2 November, 2023 - 10:00 to 13:00
Prices: Full members £55.00, Affiliates £77.00, Non members £94.00

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.


  • Standard price: £94 
  • Voscur Members: £55
  • Voscur Affiliates: £77 

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 

What else do you need to know?

This course is set to run online using Zoom. To take part, you will need a laptop with a camera, microphone, and Wi-Fi. You will not require any additional software, and you don't need a Zoom account or to download the app to take part, but you may wish to do so.

You will be emailed an invitation with a link to join the online training the day before the course.

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