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Funding Fayre to help boost fundraising prospect of not-for-profit organisations in the district

An upcoming Funding Fayre is aiming to increase the fundraising prospects of not-for-profit organisations in the Winchester District.

The event, organised by Community First with support from Winchester City Council, takes place on Friday 17 March from 8.30am to 3.30pm at Winchester Vineyard Church.

The Fayre will feature presentations from national, regional and local funders in the morning and training workshops in the afternoon, all to help organisations maximise their funding potential.

The presentations will include funding experts from the National Lottery, Hampshire Isle of Wight Community Foundation and Hampshire County Council, with Q&A sessions after each presentation.

There will also be networking opportunities, a voluntary sector market stall area and a free lunch, courtesy of Winchester-based healthy eating café MUNCH CIC.

In addition, attendees can sign up to two online workshops in the lead up to the Fayre. The first workshop, on 8 March, will explore the topic of ‘Financial Stability’ whilst the second, on 14 March, will look at ‘Making use of Volunteers to help with Fundraising’.

Tim Houghton, Chief Executive of Community First, said:

“Many charities and community groups need to access new funding to deliver the vital support and help they're providing in our communities. 

“The Winchester Funding Fayre is an ideal opportunity for organisations to engage with funders to inform their analysis and understanding of local needs and to increase their chances of success when submitting bids. It's also a great opportunity to network with prospective partners to further strengthen bids and services.”

Winchester City Council Cabinet Member for Inclusion and Engagement, Cllr Kathleen Becker, said:

“We have many brilliant not-for-profit organisations in Winchester who work tirelessly to support our district – and the help they provide can be a lifeline for many of our residents. 

"That's why we have our own grant funding programme, and why we support events like the Winchester Funding Fayre in partnership with Community First. We hope to enable and empower charities and community groups in our district to make the most of funding opportunities and continue their vital work.”

You can sign up for tickets to the Fayre via Eventbrite:

Pre-event workshops can be booked on Community First’s website

Anyone with questions about the Fayre can contact Bruce White 07384 115 320

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