Join our Funding Friday webinars – focusing on raising and managing funds for community businesses

Hannah Barrett, Plunkett’s Senior Project Manager, highlights the fundamentals of funding success and Plunkett’s upcoming funding webinars.

To create, run and develop a successful community business a diversified funding mix is essential. This means bringing in finance from an array of sources – grants, loans, community shares, donations and sales. It is also important to put in place good financial management so you do not lose money through bad practice and are running a compliant business.

To help you plan your funding mix the Plunkett Foundation is hosting an array of short practical funding webinars, collectively named Funding Friday, on Friday 26th March. Join us to learn how to successfully secure funding for your community project and maintain good financial practice to ensure your community business remains viable.

In one day we will cover everything from applying for grants, securing loan finance and good financial practice to raising money directly from your community. You will be able to ask questions to sector experts, discuss hot topics and receive practical advice.

All webinars are FREE but please book now to secure your place!

Funded through the More than a Pub programme, with thanks to Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the webinars will be pub themed but suitable for all community business. Participants from across the UK are welcome.

Friday 26th March – Free Webinars:

Hosted by Plunkett’s Head of Community Business, Chris Cowcher and Adviser, Alan Collard this webinar is suitable for any group that has used the PWL or are interested in using it to raise money for their community business. We want to hear from you! (Public Works Loans are long term loans available to Parish, Town and Community councils, find out more here.)

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The first 30 minutes will cover financial best practice for your community businesses led by Nick Walsh, David Cadwallader and Co Limited (Plunkett member suppliers). You will then be able to choose from three breakout rooms:

  1. Running your community pub efficiently – led by Plunkett Foundation Adviser and publican, Peter Austen.
  2. Reducing your costs through Plunkett membership – led by Plunkett’s Membership Manager, Claire Spendley
  3. Good financial management Q&A with Nick Walsh, David Cadwallader and Co Limited

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The first 30 minutes will focus on how to find funding from trusts and foundations led by Gemma Pettman, Lime Green Consulting. You will then be able to choose from two breakout rooms:

  1. Securing funding from trusts and foundations – led by Gemma Pettman, Lime Green Consulting
  2. Writing an application for the National Lottery Awards for All scheme – Marvin Symes, Plunkett Foundation Adviser.

Book here to secure your FREE place now!

We will spend the first 30 minutes exploring the various ways funding can be secured from within the community. The session will be led by Helen Melia, Plunkett Foundation Adviser. After this you will be able join one of the following breakout sessions:

  1. Community Shares – a practical session on developing your share documents led by Isla McCulloch, Co-operatives UK – Programme Manager for Community Shares
  2. Crowdfunder – a practical session on using the platform, led by Bertie Herrtage from Crowdfunder
  3. Community fundraising – how to galvanise your community – successful examples and ideas from within the sector, led by Plunkett Foundation Adviser, Charlotte Foster

Book here to secure your FREE place now!

After a 30 minute introduction to loan finance for community businesses you will have the chance to meet and ask questions to three community business loan providers:

  1. Co-operative and Community Finance – Tim Coomer
  2. Key Fund – Adrian Bean
  3. Triodos – Kate Donovan

Book here to secure your FREE place now!

If you’re unsure as to which webinar is best for your group speak to one of our advisers on 01993 810730

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