FUNDING FOR ALL

Mentoring

Mentoring

Funding for All provides free, expert mentoring to build skills, confidence and resilience for all voluntary sector groups throughout the UK unitary authority district of Medway and the 12 local authority districts of Kent.

Whether you are a new organisation taking your first steps into fundraising, or you want to take your organisation’s income generation to the next level, we can guide you every step of the way.

We have supported 1000 organisations

Across Kent & Medway through our mentorship scheme

How we can support you

Successful fundraising will enable your organisation to make a meaningful impact on your cause, and to thrive and survive in challenging times.

It is a skilled specialism that requires expertise, resources, and capacity, but when you’re a small organisation, perhaps run by volunteers, the required skills may not always be available to you.

This is where we can help! We understand the limitations that small organisations face. Our free mentoring programme provides personal development opportunities and resources for your employees or volunteers who are tasked with fundraising to upskill and expand their confidence in:

Getting started

Covers developing a fundraising strategy, gathering evidence of need, understanding what funder jargon is asking for and finding funds

Securing donors

Covers fundraising through social media, developing community fundraising, engaging corporate support, and using crowdfunding

Trusts & Grants

Covers creating a budget for grant or trust applications and preparing better grant and trust applications

Other considerations…

Covers diversifying income generation, claiming gift aid, and measuring and evaluating your impact

Upcoming training:

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Make a donation

If you’d like to support Funding for All’s work, please consider making a donation. Find out how your donation can make a difference [here].

Over £7 million secured in funding

By Kent & Medway organisations, with 
the help of Funding for All mentorship.

How it works

Our mentoring programme is tailor-made to the specific funding and fundraising needs of each group.

It provides one-to-one, no nonsense practical guidance designed to grow fundraising confidence. Each of our mentors has their own fundraising specialism(s), as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience gained through years of fundraising in the charitable and voluntary sector. Many of our mentors began as volunteers, and some have even been through our mentoring programme.

Here’s how the process works:

1.

Get in touch

Complete the contact form and we’ll be in touch to gather more information about your organisation to see how we can help.

2.

Matchmaking

We’ll then call you so that our Project Manager can delve a little deeper into the support you need. You’ll then be assigned a mentor that is suited to your fundraising goals and an allocation of mentor hours that we think is sufficient to help you fulfil your objectives.

3.

Mentor sessions

Mentoring takes place virtually via video meetings, phone calls and emails. There is no set time frame for the mentoring; we are able to flex our support to meet the needs of your fundraising objectives, and mentor you at times that fit in for you.

4.

"Recap & Review"

As your allocated mentoring hours come to an end, your mentor will arrange a “Recap & Review” meeting to discuss how the process has gone, to determine whether your agreed goals have been achieved and agree what your next steps might be.

Ready to take the next step?

"advice from people who really know what they are on about"

Alex, Keep Talking Services

Eligibility

To receive our support, you don’t need any fundraising experience. We just ask that your organisation meets the following eligibility criteria:

We are funded by The National Lottery Community Fund to support charities and voluntary sector organisations benefitting the UK county of Kent and Medway. If the majority of your work takes place outside this area then, unfortunately, you will not be eligible to receive our support.

Your group must be formally constituted with a governing document, such as a constitution or Memorandum and Articles of Association, in place. Some examples of formally constituted organisations are shown below. You must have a bank account registered in your group’s name.

  1. community and amateur sports club (CASC)
  2. charity registered with the Charity Commission
  3. charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  4. community interest company (limited by guarantee)
  5. company limited by guarantee with not-for-profit making Articles of Association
  6. social enterprise
  7. voluntary constituted group
  8. parish or town council
  9. uniform groups e.g. Girlguiding or Scouts

We are unable to support private companies, individuals, local authorities, Community Interest Companies Limited by Shares, and unconstituted voluntary sector organisations or community groups.

See our Useful Links to find support and advice on choosing an organisational structure and on how to become formally constituted as a charitable organisation.

Ready to boost your fundraising confidence and take your organisation to the next level?

Together, we can make it happen…

Have some questions first? Get in touch or book a one-to-one at our next Monthly Funding Surgery to find out more.

Case studies

The Princess Project
Maidstone
“I’ve come away with a much clearer sense of to how to manage our grant applications going forwards in a more organised, planned way.
Keep Talking Services
Herne Bay
“…after minutes of speaking to one another I instantly felt like [mentor] got me and, most importantly, my service.”
Margate Mushrooms
Margate
“The social media training was absolutely fundamental to the success of my crowdfunding campaign… Without this support I would have buckled and given up.”
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