With increased demands you have less time than before to search for funders. How many of us have wasted hours searching and applying for funding with low returns? This interactive three hour session aims to reduce your funding search time and will help you to identify which funders will closely match the type of funding you need for your project(s) and organisation.

Trainer Profile

John Hayes started working in the voluntary sector for a rural Mental Health charity in Wales. He was then recruited by the local CVS to cover Brecknockshire as a community and organisational development worker, working with groups on governance, legal and funding issues and working with communities on community development and local participation in neighbourhood regeneration and development. After working in Wales for ten years he moved to the South East of England where he currently fulfils a similar role at OCVA as Development Worker.

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will:

  • Be able to identify suitable funders for your project or organisation
  • Develop techniques for sourcing likely funders to meet your project needs
  • Gain an understanding of what funders are looking for
  • Be able to prioritise the needs of likely funders for your project
  • Have an understanding of funder language
  • Create a targeted list of funders for your needs

Benefits to you

You will leave the session with some practical tools and ideas for finding funders who closely match your project needs to enable you to minimise your time searching for funders.

Who should attend?

This session is for anyone who has responsibility or an involvement for raising funds or bid writing within your organisation. You could be a fundraiser, bid writer, project officer, project administrator or have a general interest in this topic.


Thursday 14th May 2020


9.45 am arrival for tea, coffee and networking for a 10.00 am start. The workshop will finish by 1.00 pm.


£45 per person for OCVA Members
£60 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
£75 per person from a non-charitable organisation


The Old Courthouse
Floyds Row
St Aldates

There is no parking available at the venue, although we can provide parking for disabled delegates by arrangement. Please call in advance if required. Our venue is serviced with good transport links including bus and rail services, for more information click here or contact ‘Traveline’ on 0870 608 2 608 or visit: http://www.traveline.info/

if you are driving, you may wish to take advantage of the Park and Ride services located around Oxford City at Redbridge, Pear Tree, Seacourt or Thornhill. Alternatively you can park in one of the City Centre car parks such as Westgate, Gloucester Green, Oxpens, Oxford Train Station or Worcester Street. More details: Oxford Car Parks

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:

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