Fundraising Skills

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school fundraising

School fundraising course

A 16 hour course for free schools, faith schools and academies. You will develop excellent bid writing and grants research skills and be able to boost your schools income. The course leads to a funding strategy and a polished funding bid. Find out how to generate income from Trusts, lottery grants, school assets and business partnerships. As part of the course, you will apply bid writing skills to your current projects, and produce a funding strategy and a polished Lottery or Trust funding bid ready for submission. Coursework is assessed by Louise Germaney.

Course structure

The course is open ended with no course start or end dates allowing you to complete the course in your own time. You study independently and login to receive course materials, case studies & research tasks before emailing your final coursework to our team. You will receive detailed written feedback on your school funding strategy and draft funding application.

Who is this course for? Download list of past students (pdf)

  • School business managers, administrators, and senior staff involved in fundraising and income generation
  • Parent volunteers wanting to maximize fundraising results in their child's school
  • People seeking careers in school fundraising

What this course offers Download sample course feedback (pdf)

  • A complete, polished bid for funding of your next project
  • Solid foundation in bid writing
  • Income-generation techniques for your school
  • 12-month funding strategy for your school
  • Effective techniques for grant research
  • 10 sample bids for Trust, Lottery & Corporate funding
  • Access to over 60 funding websites

Course programmeDownload course programme (pdf)

  • Module 1    School Fundraising Trends
  • Module 2    Trust Funding for Schools
  • Module 3    Sources of School Funding
  • Module 4    Lottery Funding Techniques
  • Module 5    Income Generation
  • Module 6    School Funding Strategy
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Case Studies


In 9 months we've raised over £135,000 for outdoor classrooms and playground development.
Ann Green, Director, Focus on Community

We have been awarded a three year £146,000 Big Lottery grant from ‘Reaching Communities’ and seen a 80% success rate in applications from a wide range of funders.
Carol Fullick, Development Manager, Bognor Community Action Network

Kelly Round

The Certificate course has played a large part in us bringing in over £40,000 in funding from local and national bodies.
Kelly Round, Cluster Coordinator, Our Place

Heather Parsons

The speed and quality of the course feedback provided me with real insights.
Heather Parsons, Charity Director

Andy Collins

The course was excellent , well organised and easy to follow. It gave me exactly the guidance I needed. I could communicate easily with the other people in my group.
Andy Collins, Charity Public Relations Consultant

Karen Harvey

We've raised £26,000 in the last 6 months for projects with young people who live in areas of deprivation.
Karen Harvey, Helston Phoenix Mentoring Project, Cornwall

Claire Busby

I've successfully funded a Rock band project from the Ernest Cook Trust and Walter Guinness Trust. I've also raised £32,357 for service children in our 7 Cluster schools.
Claire Busby, Business Manager, The Stonehenge School, Wilts

We've raised £35,000 over three years towards a managers post and £58,000 for Young Carer activities.
Trustee, Unite Carers Mid-Devon

I enjoyed the discussion board topics and the assignments. They were so practical and useful and really helped to reinforce what I had learnt.
Charity Manager

Organisations & Schools We've Served