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Training & Events

SYFAB runs training courses and events to help improve your fundraising skills, knowledge and confidence.

Our training and events are aimed at fundraisers with varying levels of experience, so whether you're new to fundraising or have done several applications already, take a look at our listings below to see what we're offering.

We run our training and events in various venues across South Yorkshire. Each one is open to anyone involved with a community organisation, you don't have to be working in South Yorkshire.

We can also provide specific training tailored to the needs of your organisation. Please contact us us for more information on commissioning SYFAB training in your location.

How to book

You can book your place and pay for it (where required) online. You don't need to register as a website user to book a place, but if you do choose to register, this will give you access to our other online services including the Funding Search and Funding News emails. Click the Sign In/Register link at the top of this page then click "Register now" to find out more about the benefits of registration.

Click here for a step-by-step guide to using the booking system


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This introductory session explores how social media can be used in your fundraising and to engage with potential donors. Includes time to explore, experiment and initial action planning for your organisation.

Would you like some help with putting your Awards for All application together? This training session will help you understand the programme and prepare your funding application.

Have you been reliant on grant fundraising? Do you want to find out about different potential sources of income? This training session can help you consider the options and create a fundraising strategy appropriate for your project and capacity.

Develop your basic understanding of how social media can be used to cost effectively promote the work you do. You will have the chance to develop your digital skills in a supported environment, whilst building a social media strategy.

Explores the considerations and steps required to plan your approach to ask for support from a business, includes considering mutual benefit, motivations and expectations from both sides and how to start shaping your ask.

Are you new to fundraising? Feeling a little daunted at the prospect of fundraising? This session gives a basic introduction on how to find funders and present your project.

Planning to apply to the Reaching Communities programme? The session will help you understand the programme and prepare your application. One of the Big Lottery Fund's Funding Officers for South Yorkshire will be attending part of the session.

Begin to explore how to communicate and engage with people that connect with your organisation in some way, be that through making donations or following your Facebook page, with the aim to encourage long term relationships and future donations.

Many major funders require you to link your aims, outcomes and activities in your funding applications. Explore a systematic approach to identify the need for your project and link your aims, outcomes and impact for a stronger funding application.

Do you want your application to stand out? This session explores how to write a funding application that satisfies the funder’s criteria, whilst at the same time promoting your project in a thought out, evidenced and appealing way.

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