Support for Voluntary & Community Groups


Ashfield Voluntary Action provides support for voluntary and community groups throughout the District. For detailed information on the way we work please click HERE or on the image of the leaflet below. 


For a brief overview on the ways we work with voluntary and community groups please continue reading the page below. You will also find a wide-range of simple 'Top Tips' documents to set you on the right path of securing funding for your group.








We offer a wide range of advice and support including help with the following;


Setting up a new group
Growing your organisation or group
Help with funding
Help with governance (policies and procedures)
Developing a plan or strategy to take your group forward


We can also direct you to specialist support where needed. 


Please see attached some simple guides which have been developed to help you to secure funding (click on the links below).


Funding - Things to Consider before you Start - a series of tips and pointers to help you on your way, make sure you are funding ready, and give your group the best possible start in your journey towards securing funding.

Writing a Good Funding Application - helpful and practical tips to make sure your funding application stands the best chance of success.



Developing a Budget for your Project - simple and straight-forward guidance on how to develop a budget, highlighting some common pitfalls and flagging up some key pointers you need to consider when developing your budget.
Budget Exercise - for many of us, the best way to learn is to ‘do’ and as so many people don’t feel confident with budgets, Ashfield Voluntary Action has put together a simple scenario and budget exercise for you to try.
Where to go for Funding - a list of funders you may wish to approach.

The Golden Rules of Funding Applications - a quick summary sheet to remind you of the key points.









































Did you know that AVA also offers one-to-one advice and support as well as training? To access this free support please contact Sarah Taylor on 01623 555 551.


Ashfield Community Fund


Ashfield District Council awarded AVA a grant from the Ashfield Community Fund to strengthen our capacity in relation to our support to offer a supportive network and to advise Ashfield-based VCSO groups to increase their capacity and sustainability. This has been followed up by a series of one-to-one sessions of specific support for identified groups in need.


Alternatively, you may wish to call us on 01623 555 551 to discuss your needs.


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