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Funding Support

SCVS has a team of funding professionals who can support your organisation by offering bespoke bid writing training, identifying potential funding sources and preparing your bid submissions on your behalf.

Bid Writing

SCVS has a team of bid writers who can offer a full service to your group that will support you in gaining funding. We have several members of staff with extensive knowledge in submitting bids and grant applications who have successfully obtained over £200,000 for local organisations in the last year. We have a number of different packages of support available that can be discussed on request and can allow SCVS to take on your full funding process from the point of identifying potential providers to creating your grant submissions and supplying them to you. For a discussion about how we can help please contact

Bid Writing / Funding Information; We also have experienced Funding / Bid Writers as part of our staff team (previously part of the Funding Buddies Project) who have successfully secured large amounts of funding for the Voluntary Sector in recent years.  For more information regarding this service please contact us on 01795 473828 or email

Bid Writing Training; Swale VCS Training provides quality, relevant funding/ bid writing  training for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Swale. Contact Jo Burt on for more information.


There are many grant and funding opportunities available for voluntary and community groups in Kent.

Funding Central is a free resource for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

Kent Community Foundation connects people who care with local causes that matter.

A Lottery grants programme that funds small, community-based projects across the UK.

The Members’ Localism Grants is a funding opportunity designed to support small-scale, local community projects. is an essential fundraising tool.


SCVS has an attached training department that offers many courses that can help develop the skills of your organisation staff and volunteers including a Bid Writing course. You can look to book onto one of the courses we run and interact with other groups to share experiences or alternatively you can book a bespoke funding course that is delivered just to your group members and can be tailored to meet the specific needs that you feel you have. For more information please click the Training page

Julia Watling

Julia is the Volunteer Centre Manager at SCVS but in addition to this role she was also part of the Funding Buddies project that used to operate within Swale. Julia specialises in working with local sports clubs helping them gain the funding they require to develop their teams and facilities and has most noticeably worked with Faversham Strike Force helping them to secure over £80,000 to create a new 3G pitch that was completed earlier this year and will have an official opening ceremony in May 2014.


“The support that we have been given by SCVS has been a vital part in us securing funding for our new all-weather football pitch.”
– Terry Scott MBE

Zoe Deveson

Zoe is part of the Volunteer Team and has been involved in several funding bids.



Swale CVS
Central House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4NU

Registered Charity Number 1179734

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