Trusts Fundraising - Improving your success (Intermediate) (24-Apr-24)

Trusts and Foundations
24 April 2024
10:00AM to 04:30PM

Individual Prices


Package Type Available To Price
Individual Member Fee All Days Individual Members £199
Non-Individual Member Fee All Days Non Individual Members £257

**FULLY BOOKED** The estimated total £6.5 billion of annual grants are made by charitable foundations, which includes the £2.9 billion grant-making by the top 300 trusts. This accounts for around 15% of voluntary income in the sector.

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Participation in this course will help you to maximise your chances of success by enabling you to improve your approaches and be able to develop a well-honed application to submit for funding.

Who should attend?

This course is for people already working in fundraising and who have been making approaches to grant-making trusts and foundations for a minimum of 12 months or for managers managing this area and want to know how to support people to improve approaches to trusts and foundations

Learning outcomes
  • Understand what trusts are looking for in a good application
  • Improve their ability to read between the lines of trust guidelines
  • Answer some questions on application forms knowing the reasons why trusts are asking certain questions
  • Interpret key information from your annual accounts and other in-house information to make it meaningful and useful in your applications
  • Use powerful language in a way to create impact and keep the assessor reading
  • Create a concise, motivating and well laid out trust application that stands out from the crowd
  • Feel more confident about your trust approaches.
What's covered in the course
  • Understanding funders' guidelines and what they are looking for in a good application

  • The use of language and images to create a powerful case

  • Interpretation of key internal information to enhance an application

  • Guidance on format and presentation

  • Critique a trust application

  • Receive feedback on an application

  • Lots of hints and tips

Trusts Fundraising: Other courses available

We have other Trusts Fundraising courses available, depending on the level of experience you have:

  • Trusts Fundraising - Getting Started - designed for people with limited trust fundraising experience - people who are likely to have been working in this area for less than 12 months
  • Managing your Trust Fundraising Programme Strategically - designed for for people already working in fundraising and who have been making approaches to grant-making trusts and foundations for a minimum of 12 months 



The Chartered Institute of Fundraising's live virtual training is delivered by trainers who are leading experts in their chosen discipline. Each virtual course has been especially designed to deliver a rich virtual learning experience. Your course will feature:

  • Zoom platform learning environment
  • Interactive engagement with the trainer and peers
  • Group discussions and exercises
  • Real-life case studies and examples
  • Ample Q&A opportunities throughout the sessions


The course is being delivered via the online platform zoom. To enable you to interact with your tutor and your class you will need to have access to a microphone (or access to a landline phone) and ideally have a working video link via a camera. To test compatibility with your system, you can join a test meeting via this link

About your trainer

Gill Jolly FCIOF(Dip) has a background in psychology and over 30 years' experience in the charity sector working as a fundraiser, manager, director and trainer of fundraisers and support teams with a wide variety of sizes and types of organisation. She runs her own consultancy Achieve-Consultants Ltd and works with not-for-profit organisations across the UK, Europe and beyond providing a wide range of bespoke fundraising and management consultancy services. Gill has worked with the CIOF since 2000 delivering fundraising’s professional qualifications and leading courses on strategy, management and implementation.

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