Resources are essential for all community groups and voluntary organisations. They come in a number of different forms, including:

  • time
  • people
  • expertise
  • money

Fundraising is an ongoing concern for most and can present multiple challenges. We’re here to talk through any fundraising challenges that you’re facing and offer advice on steps to overcome them. If you’re starting on your fundraising journey, your first steps will involve:

  • developing a clear idea of what you want to achieve with your project
  • being certain that your project is needed
  • knowing how much your project will cost
  • creating a clear plan as to how you’re going to raise those costs

There are lots of resources that you can use to help you with your planning. We recommend the Resource Centre website as an excellent starting point.


How we can help you

As well as helping you plan your funding bid, we can help you to increase your chances of success when you’re ready to submit it.

Our read a funding bid service gives constructive critique on funding bids that are 90% bid ready. Your bid will benefit from a fresh and neutral pair of eyes. It will be read by one of our volunteers or staff who understand funder expectations and the key elements of a strong funding bid. We’ll give you written feedback on your bid which will highlight its strengths, any glaring mistakes or omissions, and provide top level suggestions for change that would improve the chances of success.

Our read a funding bid service requires bids to be given to us with a minimum of 15 working days before the bid’s submission deadline, to allow us enough time to read and comment on your bid.

Whilst we endeavour to provide this service at all times, it is offered by Community Works staff and volunteer bid-readers and is therefore dependent on the skills and capacity within that pool of people. Therefore, whilst best efforts will be made, there is no guarantee that we will be able to match every bid with a reader.

Read the terms and conditions of this service.


“With the read a funding bid service it has been possible to improve our funding bid to the big lottery. It probably would not have been successful without this service.” Caroline Jurdon, Homeopathy in the Sussex Community


Our other fundraising support

We can help you develop large bids through our charged-for consultancy service. We can also put you in contact with other organisations, with which you may want to achieve your fundraising goals in partnership with, through consortia or another approach.

If you’d like to talk through any fundraising issues, or to find out more about our fundraising support services, get in touch with us on or 01273 234023.


“Community Works gave us much needed support to partnership bidding for local contracts. As a result of their help, we were able to secure key funding to enable us to continue an already established service.” Helen Jones, MindOut LGBTQ Mental Health Project