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VODA’s Funding Fair 2018 – Thursday 15 March








Thursday 15 March, 1pm to 5pm
The Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields NE30 2AY

Our annual Funding Fair is your chance to make appointments with up to four of the region’s top funders, tell them about your group or project proposal and gain valuable advice on putting in a strong application. Funders in attendance are:

Please see the Funding Fair Poster above for full details and a description of each funder and what their priorities are.

Places are limited to two per organisation and you can book up to four 15-minute appointments with funders. Places will be booked on a first-come first-served basis with priority being given to voluntary and community sector groups and organisations in North Tyneside.

Book your place here


Frequently Asked Questions

Is it a drop-in event?

No. Places at the funding fair are free but must be booked. We’ve found drop-ins can result in long queues which are frustrating for everyone involved and we don’t want to waste anyone’s precious time.  To avoid this we’ve adopted a pre-booking system. It’s on a first come first served basis so the quicker you book up, the better your chances are of getting appointments with the funders of your choice.  We reserve the right to turn away anyone on the day who cannot provide proof of their booking.

Why can I only see four funders?

There are only a limited number of slots available over the course of the afternoon so to be fair to everyone four funders is the most we can give to any one group, so choose carefully!

Please don’t ask for appointments with funders whose criteria you don’t meet as this wastes everyone’s time – check their website first; some will only fund registered charities – if it’s obvious you don’t fit their criteria don’t ask to see them! We reserve the right to refuse appointments where this happens.

Can Social Enterprises & CICs attend?

We ask that if you are from a CIC (Community Interest Company) or a social enterprise that you check the criteria of each funder individually before booking, as some will not accept applications from Social Enterprises or CICs. Those that do generally don’t accept applications for salaries or running costs as you should be generating the income for these yourselves as a viable business.  We reserve the right to refuse bookings from CICs/Social Enterprises who don’t take this on board.

Can groups outside of North Tyneside attend?

Preference will be given to groups whose beneficiaries are in North Tyneside, with any spaces still available after this allotted to groups outside this area.

What happens if I book and then find I can’t attend?

Please let us know ASAP so we can try and re-allocate your precious appointment slots. Any group who wastes appointments by simply not turning up will not be booked on to future fairs.

Why aren’t the Big Lottery attending?

Big Lottery had to drop out due to a training day organised after committing to the Funding Fair and have therefore kindly agreed to deliver a presentation and Q&A at VODA’s offices on Tuesday 17 April, 1pm to 2.30pm. This presentation is open to North Tyneside groups only and will cover Big Lottery’s new funding strategy for 2018 onwards. To book your place email Kathryn.tate@voda.org.uk.