Getting the Right Funding

It’s all good and well having a fabulous idea which will benefit the community in many different ways but in the process of innovation may arrive an obstacle in the form of funding! With Utsav 2017 promoting collaboration as a core value, we thought it would be beneficial to provide you some investment and support network opportunities.

Birmingham City Council (BCC) Neighbourhood Development & Support: Support, training and capacity building opportunities for neighbourhoods, communities, local voluntary and community sector groups and organisations.
In our fantastic city of Birmingham we have a growing community of small voluntary or community organisations. They are all working hard in the community, ranging from advice and education groups to environmental and charitable groups. However, there is a lack of appropriate city-wide support for these organisations. The mission: to find ways of bringing face-to-face support to micro-community groups in Birmingham. Birmingham Community Matters is a peer-to-peer, one-to-one, face-to-face session where small community groups and voluntary organisations can meet ‘surgeons’ to ask for some advice, support or help with their organisation.
The next events coming up are in Erdington (25th May), Billesley (7th June), Soho (14th June).
To find out more contact or visit

Get Grants: Grant Fundraising Workshops, Newsletters and Grant Giving Consultancy Services –
We currently offer free short sessions every month on “Bid Writing for Charities & Community Groups”.

Other upcoming workshops include:

  • Birmingham (Moseley) – 23rd May 2017, 9:30am-4pm, Venue: The Moseley Exchange, B13 8JP. The cost of attending this workshop is £99 and
    includes lunch and refreshments.

BVSC: A Century of Voluntary Action

Training & Events:

  • 7 Jun 2017 – 13:00 to 15:30
    A free afternoon workshop aimed at Community Groups and Charities who are interested in increasing their income through grant funds.
  • Introduction to crowdfunding
    26 Jun 2017 – 10:00 to 15:30
    Crowdfunding is an empowering alternative to grant applications which can be used for a variety of purposes – getting a project off the ground; refurbishing a building; financing a film or exhibition or funding a startup company or small business. This full day Crowdfunding workshop is highly participative and consists of a mix of presentation, film, and individual and group work activities.


Did you know that you could apply for a little FREE advertising from our favourite search engine Google? This is based on the Google Adwords platform, where you can bid for individual keywords, which when typed into Google, bringing your web site to the top of Google rankings. Google AdGrants offers the same facility – but free to charities!

NCVO: NCVO offers a range of training courses, including e-learning, one-day events and annual conferences.

We champion the voluntary sector by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations. We work to help voluntary organisations and volunteers make the biggest difference they can.

  • We connect organisations with the people, partners and resources they need to make the biggest difference.
  • We represent the voluntary sector and volunteering to government – using the
    best research, we demonstrate their true value and help influence policy-makers.
  • We support voluntary organisations by generating and identifying the best knowledge and expertise.

For more tools and resources, visit the following; Supporting n-hoods and communities_Resources Tools Opportunities_2017 and Investing in n-hoods and communities_Funding Opportunities_2017


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