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Introduction to fundraising through trusts and foundations

Categories: Funding,

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Delivered through the medium of English


Improve your understanding of the key issues to consider before applying to grant-making trusts and foundations.


For many, the word ‘fundraising’ conjures images of shaking buckets in the rain outside supermarkets, sports challenges and crowd-funding campaigns. But did you know that there are more than 10,000 grant-making charitable trusts and foundations in the UK, distributing more than £2bn in grants every year? With the right key you can unlock a treasure trove of high-value grants to fund the vital work of your organisation.

This introductory course for those new to trust fundraising will equip you with the tools to research the right funders for you, understand what they’ll consider funding, and develop successful funding applications. It also includes information on the trusts and foundations that have a particular interest in funding Welsh projects.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will:

  • Understand what grant-making trusts and foundations are
  • Be aware of what trusts will fund
  • Know how to research trusts
  • Appreciate the key factors in a successful application
  • Recognise how to connect with and develop relationships with trusts
  • Learn how to comply with relevant legislation and best practice
  • Know where to go for further information, help and advice

About the trainer

Richard Roberts has worked in fundraising for over ten years, recently managing the Catalyst Cymru project which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help heritage organisations in Wales develop their capacity for fundraising from private sources. 

Prior to this Richard worked as part of WCVA’s Better Bids team helping third sector organisations secure in excess of £70m over the lifetime of the contract. Richard has a Diploma in Fundraising and has extensive experience of delivering engaging and enlightening training.

Who this course is for

This course is designed for trustees, staff and volunteers who are new to fundraising

All our courses can be delivered bespoke and tailored to meet your organisation’s needs. Please complete our bespoke training request form and a member of our team will be in touch.  For any other enquiries please email