Fundraising: Writing Better Bids


May 21


09:30 am - 01:00 pm

Event Category:

Short Course

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Short Courses from Edventure Frome


Frome Town Council

Christchurch Street West, Frome, BA11 1EB

Frome, Somerset, GB, BA11 1EB

One in a series of workshops to help you work well, firstly through improving your fundraising skills.

If you need to write bids and apply to trusts and foundations for funding and you would like some hints and tips on how to be more effective, this short course is for you.

Ruth Knagg, a fundraiser with 25 years experience, will use real examples from Frome charities and community initiatives of various different scales, to equip you with checklists and useful practical techniques to enable you to make better use of your time – and hopefully to achieve better results.

There will be an opportunity to learn what grant funders are really looking for and hands-on exercises so you are not talked at the whole time! It is also a great way to meet other people in exactly the same position as you are and to find out that we are actually much more supportive than competitive in this game.

Sign up and learn Edventure style:

  • by doing, from each other, and from experts
  • by accessing 121 mentoring after the workshops on topics important to you
  • as part of Somerset’s vibrant and forward-thinking community

About the workshop lead, Ruth Knagg:

Ruth has worked on both sides of the fence, both fundraising and funding. She was responsible for fundraising for Whatcombe Fields and for Action on Disability and Development. She sits on the Board of the Andrews Charitable Trust and in the past has assessed funding bids to Frome Town Council. Ruth was also on the bid-writing team for the successful National Lottery funded Green & Healthy Future Frome programme. Ruth was formely the Fundraising Manager for local charity, We Hear You.

What other people have said about this workshop:

“The fundraising workshop was brilliant! So many wise tips and helpful prompts. Thanks so much Ruth and Doug.” Rose – past workshop participant

“Superb opportunity to benefit from genuine expertise. Has moved my understanding to the next level and given me more confidence in my bid writing” Mark – past workshop participant

“A great course delivered by knowledgeable and professional people” Briony – past workshop participant


1) What format does the series of workshops take?

This series of workshops is:

  • Fun, personable and engaging
  • Full of different ways of learning – learn by doing, from each other, from experts
  • Led by experienced facilitators
  • About community – we’ll help you meet and get to know a great group of people

This series of workshops isn’t:

  • A lecture
  • A series of slides
  • A tickbox – the course is an introduction and we invite you to deepen your knowledge further

2) Where will the workshop take place?

The workshop will take place at Frome Town Hall.

3) How much does the course cost?

For most Somerset Residents the course will either be free or subsidised. A free ticket includes a £5 booking fee to encourage attendance and avoid no-shows. A subsidised ticket costs £17 per workshop.

Your place will be free if:

  • you live in Somerset (excluding Bath and North East Somerset)
  • AND are 19 years or older and earn less than £25,000
  • OR are unemployed or have refugee status

Your place will cost the subsidised price of £17 per workshop if:

  • you live in Somerset (excluding Bath and North East Somerset)
  • AND are 19 years of age or older
  • BUT you earn more than £25,000

Free and subsidised tickets are supported by Somerset Skills and Learning and require you to register with Somerset Skills and Learning – we will send you an online link or ask you to complete a paper form on the day of the workshop to do this.

The full cost for non-Somerset or BANES residents is £85 per workshop.

Contact if our ticketing structure is a barrier to your participation and we can look at making appropriate adjustments to help you participate.


This series is run by Edventure Frome, with support from Frome Town Council and Somerset Skills and Learning.