Aberdeen based charities, organisations and sports groups have jumped on the chance to gain first-hand knowledge and advice on the funding process from attending charitable trusts and community funders, with over 80% of tickets already being snapped up.
Commenting, Mark McDonald said:
“The many community groups and third sector organisations in Aberdeen do some fantastic work across the city and as a local Aberdeen representative, I want to ensure I am doing all I can to support the invaluable work taking place.
“Having recently met with the Big Lottery Fund, they informed us they receive a very low number of applications from organisations across the North East, and with our help, they want this to change.
“It is understandable that the application process to secure funding can be daunting. It can often be unclear as to what funding is available, to which organisations, and what information should be included within different funding applications. With this in mind, Kirsty and I have teamed up with a variety of local and national charitable trusts and community funders to host an event that will give the attending organisations the opportunity to discuss the wide range of funding options available, whilst gaining advice on other aspects of the funding process.
“I am looking forward to the event on Friday and hope that as a result, we can all continue to benefit from the wide range of positive initiatives taking place across the North East.”
Commenting, Kirsty Blackman said:
"There are some fantastic funding opportunities out there for community groups but it is challenging to ensure folk are aware of them all. We hope the session on Friday will inspire lots of people across Aberdeen to seek out some of these big financial backers for local projects in need of a cash boost.
"Of course it's not always easy to apply for funding, so we're ensuring there's direct advice and support for how best to complete an application and what sort of things should be included in a winning entry. Getting financed for major projects is highly competitive so we want to do everything we can to give groups in Aberdeen a boost and make sure they get the best advice to be successful."