A meeting was held on the 4th September 2023 to discuss the requirement to device a Fundraising Strategy and associated policies.

Some initial quick wins regarding donations include:

  • Easy fundraising – This is a spend while you shop service, with access to 7,000 brands, some of which give big donations, such as insurers.
  • Recycle for Charity – This organisation pays up to £2 per inkjet cartridge (not laser and toner cartridges) when they are sent for recycling with them.
  • Ocado Retail – Will give a £50 voucher will be issued to use for fundraising purposes, for example, a raffle prize or to purchase supplies needed for fundraising efforts. 
  • Samsung – Donates new and used products to charities ranging from smartphones and smartwatches to tablets.  Do we need any such items?

There are also some organisations we could approach for grants, including:

  • Biffa Award – Under their Main Grants Scheme, for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000, they have four different funding themes, each with its own eligibility criteria. The themes are Community Buildings, Recreation, Cultural Facilities and Rebuilding Biodiversity. There can be no crossover between themes. We must select one theme and meet all the eligibility criteria for that theme.
  • Veolia – they offer a sustainability fund, the deadline this year is 29/9/23. The Sustainability Fund will provide cash sponsorship, in-kind resources or staff volunteers to support not-for-profit organisations and community groups to transform their local community or environment. A successful project will provide evidence of one or more of the following:
    • Enhancing biodiversity
    • Promoting sustainable waste behaviours (reduce, reuse and/or recycle)
    • Protecting or preserving resources and the environment
    • Its use of recycled, reused or reclaimed materials
  • Fluor UK – Fluor focuses its giving on four priority areas: education, economic development, environment and public health and critical human needs in those communities where they work. To be considered, grant requests must fully align with one of these priority giving areas and benefit a community in which Fluor has operations. Applicants may submit one grant application per calendar year, whether successful in receiving a grant or not.

Other possible sources of funding include:

  • Aviva Community Fund – funds climate action projects
  • R Collard – it says on their website “We have a strong and positive presence in our communities – investing time and money in supporting them and raising thousands of pounds for charity.”
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • Waitrose Community Matters (and similar funds from Tesco, etc) – We will be competing with others to get tokens, so we need an appealing project and a compelling description of it to attract support.