Where do I start?

The prospect of fundraising for the first time can feel quite overwhelming. However the key to fundraising success is good planning, and the best place to start is by preparing a project proposal. When describing your project, you should:

  • Explain who you are
  • Clearly identify the problem and provide evidence for this
  • Explain what you intend to do with the money
  • Explain how your actions will make a difference
  • Include costings for the project

Once you have this information you can begin to identify appropriate sources of funding.

Who should do the fundraising?

One person needs to have overall responsibility to ensure things get done and timescales do not slip. However, it is important that not all the responsibility is placed on a single individual. Writing the application maybe one person's role but others can contribute by gathering information e.g. evidence and costings. You should also look elsewhere for help:

  • Volunteers are a valuable resource in an organisation's fundraising efforts and one that can be easily overlooked.
  • Professional fundraisers can be extremely useful in raising money, however their expertise comes at a price. You need to weigh up the cost involved against what money they are able to raise. WCVA and the Institute of Fundraising have databases of trainers and consultants if you want to go down this route.

Fundraising is not as hard as you think, and it is certainly worth having a go yourselves. WCVA and the local county voluntary councils offer plenty of free advice and support.

Who else do we include?

You should also include the views of the people that the project is aimed at. This ensures that you can demonstrate the project is really needed and wanted. This is something many funders look for in applications as they want to know your project is going to work.