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Funding Support

VANEL staff have plenty of experience in matters related to fundraising, writing funding applications and more.  We try and provide this expertise to our Members and Friends in order to help you to improve your chances of success in working with funding and helping to sustain your organisation.  Hopefully we can help you too – read on or get in touch.


We’re running a “Better Bid Writing” funding training day on Monday 27th Jan 2020. This is a full day course to help ensure your group gets into a good place for putting grant applications together.
10am – 4pm at 82 Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes (Big Local North Cleethorpes office)
£50 per person (£75 for non-member organisations). Subsidies for Cleethorpes based non-profit organisations. Discounts for multiple bookings from one organisation. Very limited places – please book. More information here. Contact Karl Elliott at VANEL,, 01472 361043.

VANEL Services

If you are a Member or Friend, then we are happy to speak to you to help find out what funding support you need and to try and point you in the right direction.

If you have some idea what you need grant funding for then we can do a grant search for you.

Once you’re started on your bid writing then we can provide a critical friend support service to help you improve your application.  We charge an hourly rate for this service.

We offer training sessions around grant applications – some scheduled, but more often bespoke to your group and your needs. Again, we charge for this service. Please keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming courses or contact us to discuss your requirements.

Successful funding requires much more than just the funding application. Your organisation needs to be ‘fit for purpose’ in order to be able to complete many applications, and needs to be ready to deliver your grant or funded project well.  VANEL can provide support to cover many things including; project management, monitoring support, impact assessment, improving your governance, volunteer management and so on. We can provide much of this as 1:1 consultancy or bespoke training. We charge an hourly rate for these services – please contact us for information or to make arrangements.

Contact Karl Elliott at VANEL to have a further discussion about how we can help you. / 01472 361043

Reference Information

If you’re needing support with fundraising or grants or other funding support then there is no shortage of online information. Our training sessions include a lot more information, but here are some of the key sources to get you started.

A key source of information and advice for the non-profit sector is KnowHow from NCVO. They have a section on funding and about grants specifically. Start there.

NCVO also run Funding Central which is a huge free, searchable database of grants. It’s free for groups with <£100k turnover.

It’s always worth subscribing to a newsletter/e-bulletin with details of funders and deadlines.  A great national one is from Action Planning (here) and Sector Support North East Lincolnshire also provide one.

If you’re raising funds then you need to make sure you’re sticking to the rules – so visit the Fundraising Regulator.

Start a web search and you’ll find plenty of information to guide you with your funding journey. But if you want a more personal support journey, please get in touch with VANEL for a chat.

(Not a member of VANEL and need funding support? You can find out more about Membership here).