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. 

BREAKING NEWS January 2021:

We are now working with Together Dementia Support in Manchester – helping them to develop a 5 year fundraising strategy. At the same time we are working to identify a good pipeline of funders so that their income base can be more diversified.

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 are revelling 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.

2019 was a very interesting year – with new clients like Battle Scars (Leeds), CNet (Bradford) and Otley Youth and Community Centre (OYCC). We continue to work with two older people’s charities (AVSED and Otley Action). Over the summer we ran workshops on strategic and business planning and fundraising in Scarborough, Huddersfield and Bradford. The workshop at the CNet AGM day was really productive as the workshop was followed by one to one mentoring sessions with individuals – which they valued greatly.

2018 was a great year for us – 2 successful reaching Communities bids (£500k+), a successful bid to the Henry Smith Foundation (£177k), a successful bid to the Lloyds Bank Foundation (£100k), supporting 3 older people’s charities to secure over £1,000,000 over the next 5 years – as well as supporting organisations through consultations, evaluation, board development and business planning. 

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.