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Templates for developing successful funding applications

Keda Consulting has developed the Lego Approach to trust fundraising, which helps you to think about your application methodically. It provides helpful cues and a structured format that will suit many applications.


There is a simple toolkit to help you to being to inject the Lego Approach into your own trust fundraising which you can download for free here


NCVO has written a simple model to help Voluntary and Community Organisations to create eye-catching funding applications. Receiving the funding and support you need can often be a difficult task. In light of that, writing a proposal letter for a not for profit organisation is all about adapting to your audience. It doesn’t matter who you are writing to and in what capacity as long as you abide by the general principles and address your target reader properly




Snowball has provided a very good template to help you write funding applications that will improve your success rate by getting the right information across to the funding officers and grants panels who will have to read your work and others and then decide how to share out their allocation of money.



Please use these templates to help you write funding applications that get you the grants you need to make things happen. Use the Who’s who page to find a staff member to provide you with any further information or support you want.

How to encrypt a UBS stick

How safe is your USB stick? Many people often need to store important information such as client’s personal details, and transfer it between devices, but what would happen if you lost it?

Ruth Barnes at MVDA has created some simple instructions on how to encrypt a USB stick for Windows users. 

Easyread coronavirus information

Navca has shared this useful easyread information about the coronavirus situation. Please download or share it where appropriate.

Risk Management toolkit

Lloyds Bank Foundation have designed a free risk management toolkit with templates to help you to manage your charity’s risks.

This guide will help everyone in your charity learn how to:

  • identify, record and manage risk
  • rate your risks
  • create controls for your risks
  • monitor risk


GDPR Toolkit

This toolkit is a very helpful guide for Voluntary and Community Organisations to help them get everything they need in place to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA) is our sister organisation in North Tyneside; they have granted us permission to share this toolkit in Middlesbrough. The toolkit is for smaller organisations, so if you have employees or hold contracts for services you will need to seek additional support and guidance.

Legal Compliance checklist by NCVO

NCVO has produced a compliance checklist for voluntary organisations to help make you know about the legislation and regulation that applies to you and how to ensure compliance.

A vital component of organisational effectiveness is ensuring compliance with legislation. This involves not only being sure of all of the legislation that applies to your organisation and complying with it, but also being able to demonstrate compliance by keeping records of checks, having policies and procedures around the legislation, and evidencing that people are taking responsibility for compliance.

Counter fraud checklist for charities

Charity Finance Group has produced this counter fraud checklist for charities. This checklist is designed to help you to establish (or strengthen) a counter-fraud policy and to cultivate the right culture in your charity to help deter the dishonest minority.

Asylum and refugee provision in Middlesbrough

These guides provides an overview of the specialist VCS services in Middlesbrough for refugees and people seeking asylum, to help you to make informed referrals and ensure your service-users are receiving the support they need. The first is an overview of services, the second is a detailed guide to each service.

MVDA Commissioning Framework

This framework explores how appropriate VCS involvement can support intelligent and effective commissioning. 

Volunteer pathway

A guide to good practice in volunteer engagement.