Meet the Funders is an innovative programme strengthening the huge wealth of community work that Cornish faith groups are involved with.

Free to access, the Meet the Funders programme brings people together and strengthens relationships in and across communities, by building the skills of local people and focusing on their gifts, experiences and knowledge to make their vision a reality.

Open to people of all faith and none, the programme runs throughout the year, beginning with a main Spring event where major local and national funders meet approx 100 individuals seeking funding for their projects. The Spring event is then supported by a series of 6 smaller community workshops.

The Meet the Funders Main Spring event 2020 was held in Bodmin on Thursday 12th March. You can read all about it, download copies of the speakers presentations and our useful resource document can be downloaded via the buttons at the bottom of this page.

The Meet the Funders Community Workshop Programme 2020 is designed to take participants through the key stages of developing, funding and sustaining a community social action project.

Meet the Funders workshops are delivered with people who have direct, lived experience of developing and growing their own community social action projects. Nurturing and emphasising our community 'Experts Through Experience' continues to give credibility and maintains that this work is delivered by communities for communities. This allows the programme to continually be shaped by the people best placed to know what works.

*Because of Covid-19 restrictions, we will be running our workshops online and interspersing each workshop with an interactive surgery following from each of the workshop topics.

Meet the Funders WORKSHOP 1 – Developing your project: Weds 2nd September

We looked at the importance of setting a clear Vision for your project and how you can work together with your local community to help you succeed. Presentations:

Vision, Mission and Values presentation can be viewed HERE

Engaging your Community presentation can be viewed HERE

Virtual Open Gardens Project presentation can be viewed HERE

Meet the Funders SURGERY 1:

Weds 16th Sept 11.00 am – 12.00 noon

A chance to come along with your questions on developing your project. We suggest, you work through some of your learning from workshop 1 and come to the surgery with specific areas of help you need to move forward.

Meet the Funders WORKSHOP 2 – Using data to demonstrate need & top tips for making a strong funding application

Thurs 1st Oct 11.00 am – 12.00 noon

If you are developing your project and preparing to apply for funding, this workshop will help you understand where to gather data and how to use it to strengthen your application as well as outlining key questions (and what they mean) in a funding application. For more information and how to register click HERE

Meet the Funders SURGERY 2:

Thurs 15th Oct 11.00 am – 12.00 noon

This is a chance to come along with your questions on finding and engaging the right funder for your project. We suggest, you work through some of your learning from workshop 2 and come to the surgery with specific areas of help you need to move forward.

Meet the Funders WORKSHOP 3 – Understanding key questions in a funding application and where to look for potential funders

Weds 11th Nov 11.00 am – 12.00 noon

This workshop will explore how to make your project stand out in a funding application, where to find the right funder for you and where to go for support in your project journey. For more information and how to register click HERE

Meet the Funders SURGERY 3:

Weds 25th Nov 11.00 am – 12.00 noon

This is a chance to come along with your questions on top tips and where you might apply for funding for your project. We suggest, you work through some of your learning from workshop 3 and come to the surgery with specific areas of help you need to move forward.

Meet the Funders Webinar - Funders Workshop

Thursday, 3rd December 2020 from 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

We have a great opportunity to hear directly from Grant Managers at The National Lottery Community Fund, AllChurches Trust, Cornwall Community Foundation and Groundworks South West (Administrator of the Tesco Bags of Help and Comic Relief funds) about their current grants.

Grant managers will each walk you through their:

• Current Programme Priorities
• Grant eligibility criteria
• Details of the grant programmes
• The application process

And allowing time for Q&As directly to the grant manager panel.

To register your place click HERE

So if you are at any stage of making a positive difference in your community we are here to help. Please contact us to find out more and book a space.

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See our short video of the Meet the Funders Main Spring Event 2019.

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