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EVENT on Wed 14 Nov 2018 : Reaching Communities master class

Posted by Bianca

Reaching Communities is a major funding source for groups from the Big Lottery Fund.

This training is useful if you are thinking about applying to this fund and want to find out about the application process and how to maximise your chances of success.

The Reaching Communities programme is interested in supporting organisations that are:

• people led - meaningfully involving the people you’re working with in the development and delivery of your activity
• strengths based - making the most of the skills that already exist in communities
• connected - understanding what other relevant organisations are doing and developing good working relationships.

The session will help you understand the programme and shape your application.

The programme offers multi-year grants of above £10,000. Voluntary and community organisations, schools, statutory bodies (including local authorities, health bodies, town, parish or community councils), and not-for-profit social enterprises are eligible to apply.

One of the Big Lottery Fund's Funding Officers for South Yorkshire will be attending part of the session, to explain how they look at the fit applications have with the needs of an area and other local activities.

This session will help you:

• Be clear what organisations and projects can be funded
• Learn how the application process has changed, and why
• Understand how applications are assessed
• Learn the common reasons for rejection
• Identify the benefits your project will deliver
• Decide how to consult beneficiaries about the plans and their implementation
• Properly cost out your budget.

This session is aimed at those planning to apply or currently completing an application to this Big Lottery Fund scheme.

Date: Wednesday 14th November 2018

Venue: SYCF, Riverside Works, Jessop Riverside, 800 Brightside Lane, Sheffield, S9 2RX

Time: 9.30 - 2.30

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Cost: £80.00 per person (includes lunch)

Statutory Body/Individual Consultants: £160.00 per person

A past participant on the session, who was successful with their bid for £260,000, said:

“We had a great idea for a Reaching Communities project (and a great need for the money).  Fitting the right number of words into the right boxes was becoming a nightmare and outcomes were swimming before our eyes. Peter and his SYFAB colleagues helped us focus on the important bits and the rest flowed from there. We have got £269,313. SYFAB was a very good investment. Now we just have to deliver!”


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To book a place on any of our courses, you need to book through our website. We accept bookings using the following payment methods:

• Online using debit/credit card or Paypal account

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Your cheque should be made payable to

and posted to:

Riverside Works
Unit 9 - 12, Jessops Riverside
800 Brightside Lane
S9 2RX

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Sheffield voluntary and community sector organisations

A selection of our training sessions, which focus on different types of funding, are subsidised by Sheffield City Council for voluntary and community groups whose work benefits Sheffield residents. Sessions that are eligible for this subsidy will be highlighted under the ‘Cost’ section on the booking page. Eligible groups can access two subsidised places per session.  Places are limited and bookings are only confirmed once payment has been received.

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