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Charles Darwin House 2, 107 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8TZ

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


This course is a must for all who need to secure funding. It will explore the great funding resource from grant making trusts & foundations helping you to understand more about who they are, how they work and how to secure support from them. 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 provide you with 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 (so bring a copy of a recent application/proposal).

Who is the course for?

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

What does the course cover?

  • 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 the funders
  • Hints and tips on funders' terminology, proposal content and presentation
  • What next after a successful (or unsuccessful) outcome

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 developed their knowledge about charitable funders and how they operate and make decisions, what some of the funder's terminology means and what they need from applicants before agreeing to a grant but also once a grant has been made
  • Be able to critique funding proposals


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

Who is the course trainer?

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 is a ‘paocher' and gamekeeper in that she works with clients on funding applications but also sits on a number of award panels too.  She works as a facilitator and is a regular speaker at conferences on fundraising and related topics as well as freelance trainer. Gill 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.

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A certificate of attendance will be provided after the event.
We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

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

How this course supports registers competencies: This course has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci).
Competency area:
  • Interpersonal Skills


Members - £110 + VAT
Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £150 + VAT
Non-members - £300 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.


For further information about the course please contact our Training and Development Officer at or on 020 7685 2578

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 prepaid travel will be compensated.

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