A Royal Literary Fund event

Writing Funding Applications (2 linked sessions)

A man is writing a funding application on his laptop.
Writing Funding Applications
Booking has now closed for this training.

If you are interested in future training of this kind, please email our Community Support team.

Increased demand for funding has left grantmakers inundated with applications and competition is fierce. Understanding how to put together a great application will increase your chances of gaining the funding you need.

How do you make a personal connection with the funder in your application? After all, they’re people too.

Telling a story is vital and being able to demonstrate how your work will make people’s lives better is an important element to a successful bid.

This Royal Literary Fund training (delivered in 2 linked sessions) will give you the confidence to craft that winning application and boost your professional writing skills.

Writing Funding Applications will support you to:

  • Understand the key principles of writing applications for funding
  • Develop a structured approach to project planning using a Theory of Change (ToC) model
  • Practice the ‘writing cycle’ – Think: Plan: Write: Edit.
Session 1 (28 September, 10am – 12pm)

Through practical writing exercises and discussion based on real funders and application processes, you will:

  • explore how to interpret funding criteria;
  • clarify your aims, objectives and outcomes;
  • develop a structured Theory of Change (ToC) approach to project planning.

Because we believe that doing is better than simply theorising, you’ll be asked to develop a draft application between Session 1 and Session 2. This will be reviewed by the trainer, giving you hands-on practical advice specific to you and your skills.

Session 2 (5 October, 10am – 12pm)

This session will draw together learning from the draft applications developed by participants who came along to Session 1, and help you to:

  • Consolidate the ‘writing cycle’ – Think: Plan: Write: Edit
  • Practice skills in organising information, formulating ideas and expressing yourself clearly, coherently and concisely
  • Explore how applications might be different for different funders
  • Reflect on key elements of content, structure and style
  • Consider the practicalities and ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing funding applications.
*That’s a total of four hours of FREE expert tuition on how to write a successful funding application!*

Please note: by booking your place here, you will automatically be booked on to both sessions. 

Who should attend?

If writing funding applications is part of your role in your organisation, whether you’re a member of staff or a volunteer, this training will help you craft a winning bid.

Please note this training is aimed at voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and groups based in North Yorkshire or delivering services within North Yorkshire.

About the trainer

We’re thrilled to be working with the Royal Literary Fund to offer this training as part of a range of writing courses that have been specifically design for the VCSE sector and their needs.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow, Robin Etherington, is a writer of children’s fiction and all-ages graphic novels, as well as numerous comic strips for print and digital mediums. Robin enjoys delivering this training to a wide range of organisations and has vast experience in making his training fund and engaging.



Contact details

Booking queries contact
Email: info@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk
Tel: 01904 704177

Programme queries
Email: communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk
Tel: 01904 704177

Booking details

Book your place here.

Booking deadline date: 26 September 2023