"Everything but the Grant" Conference

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2 October 2019 -
9:30am to 2:00pm

An event for NICVA members wanting to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in generating income from sources other than grants.

With grant funding becoming increasingly competitive, generating income from other sources is becoming ever more essential if we want to ensure that we can continue making a real difference to our clients in the future.

This free event for NICVA members will provide both information and inspiration on ways in which you can diversify your income and decrease your reliance on grants.

What does the event look like?

The day will start with registration and refreshments from 9.30am followed by the opportunity to hear from three inspiring NICVA member organisations, the Irish Football Association, the Hummingbird Project NI and Marie Curie NI about their own, personal experiences of diversifying their income.

Participants can then choose 2 workshops from a choice of 4, where individual experts will take them through various alternatives to grant funding and how to begin to master them.

Workshop A:  Corporate Fundraising - "Nearly everything you need to know about working smarter with businesses"

facilitated by Denise Cranston and Hilary Hanberry, Business in the Community

  • Top tips on how to approach businesses - and what not to do!
  • What businesses are looking for in a Community Partner
  • How to make your offer to business unique

Workshop B: Community Fundraising – "Running a Successful Event”

facilitated by Rosie Forsythe and Kathryn Holland, Cancer Focus NI

  • Fundraising focus and the importance of working strategically with your organisation’s values 
  • Community Fundraising – what is it?
  • Developing a business case for fundraising activities – marketing, costs, projected income, health and safety, promotion
  • Challenges and what to consider when organising an event
  • Event checklist

Workshop C: Tendering - "Introduction to Tendering"

facilitated by Una McKernan, NICVA

  • Considering tendering
  • Identifying opportunities
  • Getting tender ready

Workshop D: Social Enterprises - "Developing a Social Enterprise – how to expand your income generation potential”

facilitated by Colin Jess and Amanda Johnston, Social Enterprise NI

  • What is a social enterprise?
  • Mission, Market, Money
  • Measuring Impact
  • Good Governance and legal structures
  • Business Planning

There will also be opportunities to meet a range of other key organisations and talk through other potential sources of funding with them during coffee and lunch breaks.   The organisations you can meet with on the day, include Will to Give, the Institute of Fundraising (NI), Social Enterprise NI, Business in the Community, Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) and the Fundraising Regulator.   

Due to demand we are limiting this event to 2 people per organisation.





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