Unfortunately, this training is now full.
The next workshop will take place on the 8th of February 2017. To book please follow the link:
Big Lottery Reaching Communities


Reaching Communities provides opportunities for voluntary and community organisations to apply for up to 5 years funding for a project.  However, success rates are as low as 20%.  Increase your chances of success by attending this interactive and practical workshop which will show you how to avoid some of the most common mistakes when writing an application and provide you with hints and tips on how to demonstrate need and impact.

Trainer details:

Karon Phillips has 20 years voluntary sector management and fundraising experience. In 2010 she founded Citrus Consultancy; and since then she has worked with a wide range of social welfare organisations including national and small local voluntary organisations.

Over the past fifteen years Karon has developed exceptional skills in writing successful funding applications to the Big Lottery. In the past six years Karon has secured £5million in grants for eight organisations.

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will have:

  • How to avoid common mistakes
  • How to evidence need and its importance
  • How to demonstrate impact
  • The importance of evaluation

Benefits to you

You will gain a better understanding of how Big Lottery funding works, as well as an understanding of how to apply for funding.

Who should attend?

Staff, volunteers, or Trustees who are responsible for producing a Reaching Communities stage one application.  The course is suitable for people who have begun the application and for those who are looking to start in the near future.


Wednesday 30th November 2016


9.45am – 1.00pm


£60 per person for OCVA Members
£70 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
£80 per person from a non-charitable organisation


Oxford Office Furniture Training Suite
The Old Court House
Floyds Row
St Aldates

There is no parking available, although we maybe able to assist those with disabilities. Please contact us to enquire if you have a disability. Our venue is serviced with good transport links, if you are driving you may wish to take advantage of the Park and Ride services located at Redbridge, Pear Tree or Oxford Thornhill. Alternatively you can park in one of the City Centre car parks such as Gloucester Green, Oxpens, Oxford Train Station or Worcester Street.

Enquiries contact:

Telephone:  01865 251946
Email: training@ocva.org.uk

When contacting us please state the name of the course your correspondence is in relation to.


Please note there are two steps to this process and both steps of the process will need to be completed to secure your place.

Step 1: Please register your details with us on the form:

Please note that registration without payment does not constitute a booking. Both are required, and we do check. (Thanks!)

Step 2: Make payment within 2 working days of registering.

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OCVA Members pay £60.00 GBP
Charitable organisations who are not OCVA members pay £70.00 GBP
Non-charitable Rate pay £80.00 GBP

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