|Runaway success at Towcester Funding Fair 2016
Over 165 people attended the joint funding fair held for Voluntary and Community Sector groups on Tuesday 10th May at Towcester Racecourse. The event was jointly organised and hosted by snvb, South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), Daventry Volunteer Centre and Daventry District Council (DDC)
A series of presentations by some of the Funders, which were well attended and included a ‘Hints and Tips session, delivered by snvb and Daventry Volunteer Centre on completing grant applications (download the presentation).
A networking area was created with representatives from Towcestrians Sports Club, Pattishall Parish Hall and Crick Playing Field Association, keen to pass on their knowledge and helpful tips on successfully applying to a variety of funders. The exhibition hall and networking area also had a selection of case studies by local groups from Daventry and South Northants, illustrating their success stories in applying for grants.
Rob Tracey, CEO, SNVB said “The event was a runaway success, with many visitors commenting on the excellent venue and the wide range of funders present and the information and advice that they offered. These elements coupled with the networking area and the case study displays provided a wonderful opportunity for groups to interact and pick up hints and tips from each other in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Whilst we have not had an opportunity to collate all the evaluation forms, early indications from some of the comments seen are that community groups found the funding fair of great benefit i.e. “Good presentations, good fact finding on eligibility”, “Variety of funders to talk to” and “So much variety of speakers/exhibitors. Really useful to hear from organisations that have had success in applying for grants”.