North Yorkshire Funding Summit 2021 – Funding the Future

Book your place now to be part of one of the largest funding events in North Yorkshire!

How do you create long term funding sustainability for your group or organisation?

Hear from key funders about what they want from applications, what projects they support and practical tips to help you get that grant!

Understand the changing funding landscape to enable your group to build long-term financial resilience.

Take part in discussion panels relating to community buildings; mental health; sport and funding in the future.

Date and time: Thursday 30 September 10am – 4.30pm, held on Zoom

Registration fee: £5 per person (inc. VAT) for the full day

Who should attend? Community groups, voluntary sector organisations and strategic leaders in North Yorkshire

What do people say? A fabulous session by [Community First Yorkshire]. It is great to know that there is a dedicated and experienced resource for North Yorkshire organisations seeking grant funding. I have already been lucky enough to engage with you re a grant application and your involvement, comments and suggestions turned an “ok” application into one that felt to me to be so very professional and focussed.” (Feedback from a previous funding session)

Bookings are now open, so choose your seminar sessions and secure your place.

More information

Keep checking this page for new announcements on speakers, seminars and discussion panel members.

Key note speakers

Hear from Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive of The Directory of Social Change as she discusses long term funding sustainability and what charities need to do now. Debra will explore what support is needed and how charities, community groups and funders need to adapt to embrace the future.

Join us to hear Ben Cairns, Co-founder and Director of the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), as he explores if, and how, the progressive funding practices of the past 18 months can be sustained and enhanced, in order to give voluntary organisations the resources and freedom to be the best that they can be.


Seminars will be led by local, regional and national funders. The sessions will run for one hour and will be a mix of information sharing from the funder and an interactive Q&A session.

Participants will have the option on booking to select which seminar they wish to attend for each of the three time slot.

Seminar session 1 (1.10 – 2.05pm)

Heritage Lottery Fund

Helen Peacock, National Heritage Lottery Fund

Hear from Helen as she shares insight on how to apply for the wide range of grants that help connect people and communities to local heritage in North Yorkshire. Your project could include anything from restoring habitats, community archaeology, historic buildings to archive collections.

Sirius Minerals Foundation

Leah Swain, Sirius Minerals Foundation

The Foundation supports local community projects across Redcar and Cleveland Borough, Scarborough Borough and the North York Moors National Park. The Foundation does not support projects outside this area of benefit. The Foundation funds projects that align to its 5 objectives: education; skills and hardship; environment; health; facilities, and generally only through open grant rounds. Leah will talk through current open grant rounds, future spend plans, the types of projects we love to fund and will also be happy to answer any questions.

The National Lottery Community Fund – ‘Helping Communities to Thrive’

Representatives from the National Lottery Community Fund will be in attendance.

The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) supports ideas and projects that matter to people and communities. Come and listen to Funding Officers as they explain how TNLCF use funding and relationships to help create stronger communities. This seminar will focus on what you need to consider when applying for funding, such as what is the best fund for you, what types of projects are funded, who can apply, what makes a good application, how much money TNLCF can offer, and for how long, costs that can and can’t be funded, where help is available and who applications can be accepted from.

Applying for a capital grant from the Bernard Sunley Foundation

Renata McDonnell, Grants Officer, Bernard Sunley Foundation

Hear from Renata at Bernard Sunley Foundation about their grants for capital projects – what they fund and don’t fund, how they fund and how to apply and have your questions answered.

This seminar is for registered, exempt or excepted charities (with an income of less than £10 million) seeking funding for capital projects such as freehold purchases, building work and brand new vehicles. Small and medium sized charities are particularly welcome to attend.

Strengthening Communities

Mary Mosinghi, Grants Manager, Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity’s Strengthening Communities grant supports grass roots, community-led organisations physically based in or supporting communities in the most deprived areas of the UK. Mary will explain who is eligible to apply, what projects are supported and how to submit a successful application. She’ll also be able to answer your questions about the grant.

Seminar session 2 (2.15 – 3.15pm)

Meet the Funder: Garfield Weston Foundation

Flora, Head of Grants and Harriet, Grants Manager, Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, donating £99 million last year. Both its Major Grants and Regular Grants Programmes are open. If you are a UK registered charity or a CIO, or have exempt charity status, you may apply for funding at any time and will receive a decision within 4 months. They make unrestricted grants for core and project costs and they support organisations across: Arts, Education, Youth, Health, Museums & Heritage, Community, Environment, Faith and Welfare, particularly to those in need, in regions of economic disadvantage.

Flora and Harriet will present their top tips for making an application and afterwards take part in a Q&A session.

Prevention Matters – finding funding for your grass roots community project

Marie-Ann Jackson, Head of Stronger Communities, North Yorkshire County Council

Twitter: @marianna_york

Come along and find out about how voluntary and community groups delivering grass roots projects can apply for funding as part of a national strategy to help reduce suicides and improve mental well-being.

Marie-Ann will outline a range of grant opportunities being launched this autumn aimed at any not-for-profit organisation that wishes to develop projects to help people stay connected, active and involved. If you have an idea for a project and want to find out how you can apply this is for you.

Want to help but stuck for ideas? The session will also give examples of successful projects.

How to make both your small or large grant applications a success

Caroline Schwaller, Chair, Craven Trust and Vice-Chair of the Veolia Environmental Trust

Caroline will share her experience of managing two grant making bodies: the Craven Trust and the Veolia Environmental Trust. Her insight will help you understand what funders are looking for in both small and large grant applications. Her experience and handy hints will help you recognise what applications are successful and why, and why some applications don’t succeed.

If you manage a community project in the Craven area, or are looking for funding for your environmental project across North Yorkshire, this is the seminar for you.

Seminar session 3 (3.30 – 4.30pm)

What makes a great application to Two Ridings Community Foundation (and probably many other funders too)?

Jan Garrill, Chief Executive, Two Ridings Community Foundation

Hear from Jan at Two Ridings about how to apply for the grants from the Foundation – what makes a good application, dos and don’ts and have your questions answered. This session is particularly useful for people who haven’t made many grant applications or who have but they haven’t been successful. Two Ridings has over 40 funds it manages on behalf of a variety of donors but the basic principles covered in the session will cover most grant application scenarios.

Moving Beyond Grants….using Social Investment to diversify and support growth

Jeremy Ince, Regional Manager, Charity Bank

Over the past 5 years Jeremy has helped charities and social enterprises access in excess of £50m in Loan Finance. These funds have been used to support asset development, diversification and income growth and more importantly help organisations deliver social mission/objectives.

During this interactive presentation Jeremy will tell you more about Charity Bank and the criteria used to evaluate potential investments – he will provide a valuable insight into what Social Investors consider when assessing loans and how to make a successful application.

Using case studies he will share real examples of how local charities have successfully used repayable finance (loans) to grow and expand service delivery.

It will give you the opportunity to ask questions and help evaluate if this source of finance is right for your organisation as part of the funding mix for project or new service.

Thinking differently with Key Fund

Adrian Bean, Lead Investment Manager, Key Fund twitter: @aidbean

Sometimes we need to think differently and creatively to grow our ideas.

Exploring different funding sources as part of your funding strategy is encouraged, to help diversify your income sources.

Social Investment is a funding source that many do not know about or may be unsure whether it is for them. Adrian Bean from Key Fund will demystify Social Investment including:

• Social investment: what it is and how it works?
• Support for third sector and cultural organisations, including loan and grant packages, start up and business support
• Reach Fund grants: pre-investment support and grants
• Good Finance – a one stop shop of information

If you are a charity, cultural organisation or social enterprise that has a great idea but need the capital and support to make it happen, this is the seminar for you.

The National Lottery Community Fund – ‘Helping Communities to Thrive’

Representatives from the National Lottery Community Fund will be in attendance.

The National Lottery Community Fund supports ideas and projects that matter to people and communities. Come and listen to our Funding Officers explain how we use our funding and relationships to help create stronger communities. This seminar will focus on what you need to consider when applying for funding, such as what is the best fund for you, what types of projects we fund, who can apply, what makes a good application, how much money we can offer, and for how long, costs we can and can’t fund, where help is available and who we can accept applications from.

Making a Difference Grants Programme – Hambleton District Council

Lisa Wilson, Service Manager (Communities), Hambleton District Council

Hambleton District Council’s Making a Difference grants are available for non-profit organisations that are constituted with a bank account that are based and work in the Hambleton district. Projects must be trying to tackle a local issue and meet at least one of the Council’s priorities. Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available, although the average grant is between £2.5k and £5k and the total amount requested must not exceed 75% of the total cost of the project. The workshop will also highlight common mistakes that are made when groups apply.

(We reserve the right to amend seminar times if necessary).

Discussion panels

Join one of the themed discussion panels to discuss funding relating to:

  • village halls and community buildings;
  • mental health;
  • sport;
  • general discussion around ‘funding the future’.

Representatives from local, regional and national funds as well as support organisations will share peer-to-peer knowledge in the sessions, which will be in a Question Time format. You will be asked to submit your questions to the panel in advance.

How to book

Please use the booking buttons on the side or bottom of this page. Booking deadline date is midnight on 27 September.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Jo Fox, Development & Innovation Manager

If you have any questions about booking or invoicing please contact or call 01904 704177.


Places are £5 each (inc VAT).


Attendees can receive refunds for cancellations up to 7 days before the event date.

Please note this event is only available to organisations and groups based in North Yorkshire (excluding York) or delivering services within North Yorkshire. 

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