Support with funding applications, strategy and building the organisation


Third Sector Consultancy provides a range of services which help charities and voluntary and community organisations to develop as an organisation and to access the funding needed to fulfil their mission.

We are very much about real collaboration and partnership based on shared values – working hard to really understand your needs and building support based on these. We can support you in  developing an effective fundraising strategy and through making and supporting applications to charitable trusts and foundations and the National Lottery. We also provide tailored support so that your organisation can be ready for successful income generation. This includes support with consultations, evaluation and strategic and business planning.

We offer a free consultation on the funding needs and potential of your organisation. We are also sometimes able to access funding for development work which means that it can be at no cost to your organisation. 

An extraordinary year – 2021:

Sometimes you get on a roll and isn’t that great! In a period of just 7 months TSC has raised £500,000 for a dementia support charity in Manchester. Yes, £500,000! 

Together Dementia Support do incredible work supporting people with dementia AND their carers. The pandemic brought home to them that if they support the carers, the carers can more effectively care for their loved ones – and for themselves.

Our work with Otley Action for Older People reached new heights in 2021: we have supported their amazing team of staff and trustees in bringing about the refurbishment of the entire Hub in the centre of Otley – together raising around £400,000. Not only this, we have supported them in their successful bid to the National Lottery which has raised a grant of around £140,000 to cover costs for a Volunteer Engagement and Community Worker.

One more item for 2021 so far – we have helped Stanley Grange Community Association raise £160,000 for 5 years funding for the Activities Organiser working hard to create meaningful and enjoyable activities form adults with learning disabilities in their intentional community in Lancashire.

In November 2020, having just started work with ecoACTIVE in London our first task was to help them with an application for a grant for a Green Mentor to work with and through young people in Hackney and Newham – we were successful – winning a grant for £36,000 over two years!

2020 started so well! We revelled in a stream of successful funding applications to some of the major foundations (Wolfson, Gostling and Garfield Weston, Bernard Sunley) – bringing in a total of £163,000 pledged to Stanley Grange Community Association and its fabulous community for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs. Our latest clients are the Acorn Recovery Project supporting people recovering from addictions; BRASS, a small charity in York helping people keep out of debt and the Manningham Advice Project in Bradford – helping people with access to benefits and other services.

Covid 19 is having a massive impact on the work of charities as it is on the funding landscape. We are working with our clients to adjust, to adapt both in terms of how charities deliver their services but also in terms of how we support them in accessing the funds for this. There is much to be done in the short-term as well as working out how to develop in the medium and longer-term.

We offer genuine expertise in a range of services including: bid writing, applications to charitable trusts and foundations, to the Big Lottery and in training and coaching your staff so that you build up the strength and capacity of your own organization. We are able to draw on specialist expertise as required to complement Johns’ skills and experience.