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Charles Darwin House 2, 107 Gray's Inn Road, London

Learn how to maximise opportunities to secure charitable funding from grant-making trusts and foundations.

This course is a must for all who need to secure funding from grant making trusts & foundations. You will find out how to develop funding proposals that are strong and persuasive, giving you the best chance of success in a highly competitive market.

The day will also share plenty of hints and tips as well as sharing some thoughts on reading between the lines to help you understand what funders are asking for. Practical opportunities to critique proposals and receive feedback on one of your own.

Who should attend

Those who need to secure funding for their work from charitable trusts and foundations and have already made some applications.

Booking deadline

08 April 2018


  • The most effective ways to present your work and describe its impact
  • How to establish your organisation's credibility
  • Tailoring proposals to meet the needs of charitable grant-making trusts and foundations
  • Hints and tips on funders' terminology, proposal content and presentation
  • What next after a successful outcome
  • Q&A session with funders

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, delegates should:
  • Have increased their knowledge around what charitable trusts are looking for in both applications and projects for funding
  • Know how to write proposals that present their organisation's work in a way that increases the chances of grant application success
  • Have an understanding of what some of the funder's terminology means and what they are looking for in proposals
  • Be able to critique funding proposals
  • Have developed their knowledge about charitable funders and how they operate


Trainer input, interactive discussions, writing exercises and group critiques.


Course trainer Gill Jolly is a psychology graduate, fellow of the Institute of Fundraising and director of Achieve Consultants Ltd. She has been involved in professional fundraising for over 30 years as a successful fundraiser, manager and trainer of fundraisers and has worked at a senior level with some of the top income-generation charities. Having many years' hands-on experience as a successful fundraiser and manager. She holds a Diploma in Fundraising and was awarded a fellowship to the Institute of Fundraising in recognition of her contribution to fundraising over the years. Gill works as a facilitator and is a regular speaker at conferences on fundraising and related topics as well as freelance trainer. She also regularly contributes to sector publications and has co-authored a number of books and worked with the Institute of Fundraising to develop their fundraising qualifications.

Confirmed Q&A Panel Members

Nina Frentrop joined the Wellcome Trust from the public sector in 2012 where she worked for a variety of organisations in operational roles. She is responsible for the grants information desk, all grant-related training and guidance and the grants management systems. Nina also has extensive project and change management experience.

Francis Webster is Head of Trust and Statutory Fundraising at the National Autistic Society, where he manages a team raising £1.7m annually from funders including government, big lottery, large foundations and a wide range of charitable trusts. In previous roles he has worked at Marie Curie, managing trust and major donor funding for a capital appeal in the West Midlands, and Medical Aid Films, a small international development charity.

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 18 CPD points.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to those who complete this course.

Competency area: Professional Practice.

(NB: Our training is there to support your skills development and attending this course only is not sufficient to meet the registers' competency requirement, this should be supported by other evidence of your competence in this area). 

Further information

This course is run in partnership with Achieve Consultants Ltd. 

We evaluate all of our training events, to ensure that we maintain a high quality of training.

Lunch and refreshments are included on this course.


Society members - £180 + VAT
Staff and members of Full and Supporting Member Organisation, SCAS members - £240 + VAT
Non-members - £360 + VAT

Group-booking discounts of up to 10% are now available, for Members and Member Organisations who would like to send four or more of their staff on this course. If you would like to make a group booking please contact our training officer.


More information and booking for this course will be available soon. To register your interest please contact our training officer.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee pre-paid travel will be compensated.

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