Berkshire Community Foundation 1:1 funding surgery

Thursday 5 September 2019

Does your voluntary or community group need funding for a specific project? Are you a small-medium sized charity or community group in Reading looking for funding for either a specific project or for core costs?

In readiness for the upcoming rounds of Funding, RVA is partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) to offer 1:1 sessions (20 minute slots) to Reading voluntary and community groups on Thursday 5 September 2019 at the RVA offices, 3rd Floor, Central Library.

At your 1:1 you will have the have the opportunity to canvas your idea for funding with Elisha Russell, the BCF Community Liaison Officer. Please note that Elisha cannot help you fill in the application form, but will give you general guidance and tips on applying for funding with BCF.

The upcoming BCF Grants
Vital for Berkshire – safe homes, good health, secure employment

This fund is for groups working with people who are struggling to cope with a range of issues preventing them from having a safe home, good health and secure employment.

  • You can apply for core costs under this funding stream.
  • Grants available up to £10,000.
  • Fund open for applications: 19 August 2019.
  • Closing date: 25 September 2019.
  • To be presented to Panel: November 2019.
BCF Funds for the Elderly

For groups working with the elderly to improve health and well-being, improve access to facilities, advice and training, and to overcome problems such as illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty.

  • Grants are available of up to £5,000.
  • Fund open for applications: 19 August 2019.
  • Closing date: 25 September 2019.
  • To be presented to Panel: November 2019.
Top Tips! Have a think about the following ahead of your appointment

1. Are you an existing group and do you have a constitution? Do you have at least three unconnected trustees on your Committee or Board?

2. What is the need for your service? Have you looked at similar services in Reading? Is there an overlap, are you working in partnership or are you providing something new? Is there a demand locally for this service? How do you know this?

3. What is the benefit to the people who will receive your service? Try to think of this in terms of outcomes, such as reduced loneliness or increased mental well-being.

4. How will your activities help achieve this outcome? What specifically are you wanting to provide, where will this take place and how often? How willl you know if your project has been successful?

5. How much funding are you looking for? Have you put together a budget to go with your activities for this project?

6. If you are working with children or vulnerable adults, have you thought about keeping them safe? Do you have a safeguarding procedure?

7. Do you have an equal opportunities policy?

Please come prepared with your answers to the above, this will help you to get the most from your 1:1 session. If you need help with developing any procedures, such as Safeguarding, Equal Opportunities, Finances, or Volunteer agreements, you can contact for assistance.

Booking guidelines

This event is limited to Reading based charities and community groups. More than one person may attend the session, but please only book one session per organisation. Please select your preferred slot from the drop-down list when you register.

If you do not provide services in Reading, please do not book a space but you are welcome to contact us to be added to the waiting list in the event a slot becomes available.

If you are unable to attend, please cancel as soon as possible to enable someone else to have your space.

Type of event
Event theme
Voluntary sector
Event date
5 September 2019
Start time
End time
Address line 1
RVA, Room 5, Community Place
Line 2
3rd Floor, Reading Central Library
Line 3
Abbey Square
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified