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Building Skills in Funding and Fundraising

North Glasgow Community Food Initiative

“Undoubtedly, we highly endorse and recommend your service. Its continuity would be a valuable asset for many organisations like ours with limited resources striving to make a meaningful difference.”

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North Glasgow Community Food Initiative currently work in three local urban communities: Springburn, Milton and Royston. It’s their aim to empower individuals and communities to lead practical and sustainable food-related projects. This includes all aspects of healthy food, growing, purchasing produce, cooking skills, and more, which they support through food hubs, community cafes, pantries, allotments and other activities.

At GCVS, we’ve enjoyed supporting the group over the past few years with their funding plans and applications to various grantmakers. Over this time, it’s been a pleasure to see the significant progress their team has made in developing their skills and capacity. It’s our aim to collaborate with voluntary sector organisations to promote their sustainability and provide training and support where needed.

We’re passionate about supporting organisations with their long-term fundraising strategy, helping to equip them with the tools they need for sustainability. We can advise on a number of key areas and provide training to upskills teams and individuals. Groups in Glasgow can also take advantage of key one-to-one time with our funding advice officer through our surgery appointments.

Project Manager Leila told us,

“Firstly, I wanted to express my gratitude for your invaluable support with our funding applications… Your insights were immensely helpful in refining our submissions.

Over the years, your support has significantly bolstered the quality of our grant applications in numerous ways:
Strengthening Content: Your service has been instrumental in honing the narrative and structure of our applications, enhancing our ability to write concise project descriptions and improving coherence.


Funding Success: As a direct outcome of your guidance, we’ve successfully secured funding from various sources, including key 3-year funding, which we attribute a substantial portion of this success to the knowledge gained from your training, advice and support.


Supportive Impact: Your service has not only supported our applications but has also empowered me, fostering increased confidence in navigating different grantmakers and refining my skills and technique in the grant application process.

Learn more about getting help with funding and income generation here.

Case Studies

Creating a Climate Action Plan

Victoria Park Community Trust

“Victoria Park Community Trust has benefitted from engaging with GCVS in connection with developing an Environmental Plan and related funding plans. Before finalising the latter, we had a most useful conversation with June Burgess, who provided very helpful funding advice. We also review the Funding Alerts and News bulletin published each week by GCVS.

Picture of Victoria Park with the sun shining through the trees

Victoria Park Community Trust is an umbrella organisation made up of member groups who hold a vested interest in Glasgow’s beautiful and historic Victoria Park. The Trust includes all five local Community Councils, Friends of Victoria Park, The Fossil Grove Trust, Glasgow Eco Trust, The Butterfly Conservation Trust, Whiteinch and Scotstoun Housing Association and Parkrun. Their collaborative partnership shares a vision to ensure the Park’s long-term future and meet the area’s social, health, educational and environmental needs.

Once fully established in 2019 with a development strategy in place, a funding plan and an Environmental Policy were next on the agenda to allow the group to move forward. GCVS was delighted to be able to help tackle and support members of the Trust in these areas. After contacting us, we arranged a funding surgery where the team could meet an advisor 1-to-1 to discuss their fundraising and income generation plans. We are passionate about supporting organisations with their long-term fundraising strategy and helping to equip them with the tools they need for sustainability. Following their meeting, our Funding Advisor, was then able to keep in touch and provide recommendations and feedback on draft proposals.

Trust member, Joyce, also joined a session hosted by GCVS on ‘Creating an Environmental Policy and Plan’ – something we routinely host sessions on, both online and in-person. Our Climate Action Coordinators help guide groups and organisations through their commitment to climate action, looking at short and long-term action plans, engagement with their community and how to review impact, making adjustments along the way.

It’s fantastic to see the Trust’s development, and we look forward to continuing our support with them. By helping organisations to develop capacity, we can help groups and organisations to succeed and, in turn, provide better services and resources for Glasgow’s citizens.

Trust Member, Joyce, told us:

The key benefit of doing the Environmental Plan was undertaking the process itself. It informed aspects of an ambitious activities plan with the accompanying funding strategy. Implementing these has transformed the Trust. We have received over £15k in funding, have an active team of volunteers who have devoted their time to the equivalent of about £60k per year and worked with an MSc student who provided us with a business case for a cafe in the park.”

Learn more about receiving support to take Climate Action here.

Case Studies

Payroll Services and HR Expertise

Greater Glasgow Mental Health Network

The Mental Health Network for Greater Glasgow works to improve the rights, services and treatment of people with mental health difficulties, and those who support them. The Network supports individuals with a lived experience of mental health problems, as well as their carers. They encourage and empower people to share their views and experiences of using services and work in partnership with service providers and other third-sector organisations to drive improvements.

An image of a group gathered around a meeting table

Like many third-sector groups in Glasgow, the Mental Health Network came to GCVS for support with their Payroll as their organisation developed. They’ve now been receiving administrative and HR support for ten years, allowing them to focus on running their Network. Not only that, we’ve been able to guide them through changes to their structure and governance as needs change over the years.

The Mental Health Network for Greater Glasgow works to improve the rights, services and treatment of people with mental health difficulties, and those who support them. The Network supports individuals with a lived experience of mental health problems, as well as their carers. They encourage and empower people to share their views and experiences of using services and work in partnership with service providers and other third-sector organisations to drive improvements.

Like many third-sector groups in Glasgow, the Mental Health Network came to GCVS for support with their Payroll as their organisation developed. They’ve now been receiving administrative and HR support for ten years, allowing them to focus on running their Network. Not only that, we’ve been able to guide them through changes to their structure and governance as needs change over the years.

Anna Barclay, Business Support Manager, said:

“During this time, we have always received excellent service from all the staff at GCVS. In particular, the HR Service has assisted us with a couple of very challenging staff issues in the past, and more recently, the assistance and advice we received from Phil Broadley, Sector Development Officer, with our transition to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) was invaluable to us as a small Charity!”

Most recently, we delivered a special group session for the Network run by our Organisational Development Manager. This in-house training was focused on ‘Governance and Compliance’, providing a fantastic opportunity to learn as a team, ask questions and concentrate on the needs of their particular group.

“Being Members of GCVS also keeps us up to date with all the changes taking place in the Voluntary Sector.”

Learn more about Membership here and find out about support with your Governance here.

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