Funding Eye offers a friendly and professional solution to your fundraising needs. With over 20 years’ experience in the third sector and fundraising I can help your organisation secure the income it needs to deliver and develop its services.
I have a successful track record securing grants from the National Lottery Fund, and Trusts and Foundations. Last year I helped organisation secure just under £2million on projects ranging from purchasing a youth club to a youth training initiative and a mental health recovery initiative. Along with grants I am able to help develop community fundraising campaigns or establish/run a social enterprise.
I can help you to:
- Increase and diversify you fundraising income
- Plan your ongoing fundraising strategy
- Review and evaluate your service
- Plan and prepare new projects and initiatives
Benefits of using Funding Eye to help with your fundraising
Cost effective – The cost of my services is recovered many time over in the grant, I can save you time hunting for grant opportunities, and I’m familiar with most of the large grant programmes
Quick – I can concentrate on completing the work for you without the distraction of trying to run and manage an organisation
Specialist knowledge – I have built up considerable knowledge in all aspects of fundraising from grants to donations through to legacies and social enterprise
Added value – I share ideas and solutions to problems I identify and can link you with other organisation or initiative
Fresh perspective – I bring an external view on your work; often able to see strengths in your work which although every day to you, maybe new and exciting for a prospective funder
My approach to fundraising
We make decisions with our heart and back this up with our head. This is the approach I take in applications, identifying the personal and individual needs within a community and then using hard evidence to back this up to build a compelling case for support
I feel that a consultant’s role is not simply to undertake the work and present it back to the group, I prefer, and get better results working with the group. After all you know the community/ clients better than most so are best placed to help build the case for support. My strengths lie in listening to what you and your community/ service users need and asking you the questions to draw out the information to make a strong application.
Fundraising should not begin and end with the application; this is only the final stage; the important element of a strong application is in the preparation; ensuring that the project offers the right solution to the community. Therefore, my starting point with all groups is to clearly identify what is the change you want to bring about, and how do you know this change is needed (opposed to ‘we need funding for this post/ worker’). This then provides a foundation to build the case for support, focusing on the change your work will bring.
I will help you identify key selling points of your work/ organisation that makes you stand out from similar applications that are made. A common fault I see in many bids is talking generically about the problems of a clinet group. A stronger bid will talk about the specific problems, not only showing you understand the community, but also making the application more personal and passionate to the reader.
Alongside fundraising I also undertake evaluations and feasibility studies which provide useful information to strengthen future funding initiatives. I have worked as a grant assessor for European Grants, so I also understand applications from the funders perspective.
Jon Matthews, Director
After graduating from Aberystwyth University Jon worked as a Research Associate for both Cardiff Business School and Aberystwyth University. Jon entered the voluntary sector in 1996 when he became a Development Worker for a mid Wales market town. He went on to join Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations as Funding Officer, working with groups of all different types and sizes to support funding and project work.
Jon brings a wealth of professional and personal experience in charity development, research and community improvement, particularly in Wales. He has a track record of successfully developing funding streams and writing grant applications for a range of clients from local to national charities; Disability Powys, The Safe Foundation, the Bracken Trust and Annorexia & Bulimia Care. Jon is also an approved consultant for Lloyds Foundation and the Plunkett Foundation.
His experience of undertaking feasibility studies and development planning, coupled with his practical experience of running social enterprises and community organisations, has also led Jon to deliver a range of research projects for larger clients such as the Welsh Assembly Government, Welsh Water and the Ramblers Association.
Jon Matthews is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising and has over 15 years experience in fundraising.
Jon is the Chairman of Rhayader and District Community Support, a valuable organisation that provides community transport, volunteer bureau and local health initiatives in the heart of rural mid Wales.