This very well-received course will help both councillors and clerks be more confident when applying for grant funding. The day itself will be suitable for those new to fundraising, as well as those that want to improve their understanding of the process. It will help to identify the type of project that may attract external fundraising and how this fits with the duties of a parish council. Delegates will look at the difference between 'want' and 'need' together with how to identify appropriate evidence of need. Identify that it is more important to answer the actual question asked than trying to identify key words and phrases, as applicants are often surprised at how often applications fail because they don't answer the question that's asked! Recognise that funders have targets to give money away, and find out exactly how you can help them with their targets!

The day will be led by Ian Hey, who is a qualified member of the Institute of Fundraising. He has been a professional fundraiser for more than 20 years, raising money for projects from a few £100's to multiple millions. As well as being a qualified fundraiser, Ian also acts as a grant-maker, managing funds and sitting on grant panels for a number of differing funders. His current role is working with non-profit organisations and parish councils in South Derbyshire to help them become "fit to fund", and then supporting them with their fundraising. As previous course delegates have said, Ian has an invaluable insight into the funding issues faced by all councils.