VCWB offer assistance with funder research, bid writing workshops and advice, tender writing and review as well as fundraising advice. We also offer strategic advice, business planning and training . Our team has expertise in supporting charities and voluntary and community organisations. If you are looking for fundraising advice and information  to help you find new sources of funding for your projects or day to day running then please get in touch to see how we can help.

VCWB can also offer support to get your organisation started on The Good Exchange.

You can get in touch with Sara Hanson our Bid writing expert for funding support at

Our Weekly Newsletter Features new Funding Opportunities as well as deadline information date with Funding news.

When you start thinking about funding and income for your group or organisation you need to ask three main questions.

What do we need funds for?

Who is available to get involved in fundraising?

• How much time have we got to spend on it?

You also need to think about all the different ways groups and organisations can get funding. This includes:

• grants

• fundraising from individuals and corporations

• earned income – being paid for the services you offer

• contracts – being paid on a larger and formal scale

• investments.


Locally we have 2 major Charitable Trusts that offer grants – Greenham Trust and Berkshire Community Foundation.


Greenham Trust

The Trust’s aim is to support local charities and organisations for the benefit of the people in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

They’ve already supported over 5000 local good causes and distributed over £71 Million since their inception in 1997.

The Good Exchange

The Good Exchange is Greenham Trust’s online fundraising platform which makes it easy for charitable organisations to:

• Receive grants from a range of local funders, including Greenham Trust
• Receive donations from the general public and corporate supporters
• Receive Gift Aid on donations
• Drive donations through crowdfunding
• Support fundraising through Match Funding opportunities
• Fee-free since April 1 2022


One Application for Multiple Sources of Funding

The Good Exchange works with multiple funders in the Trust’s local area to match charities/charitable projects raising funds, with those who have money to give. By listing your project on The Good Exchange, you are maximising your chances of securing multiple donations and grants from different sources.

Match Funding

The Good Exchange platform allows funders to offer Match Funding – a defined amount of money available in part or whole when it has been matched through donations or fundraising activities. Match Funding incentivises donors and fundraisers to raise money and donate to a project more quickly.

Get Started as an applicant: Start your application for funding here

Join The Good Exchange as a funder:
The Good Exchange is proud to host a wide range of charitable projects, matching funder priorities with the projects listed and offering a one-stop solution to funders seeking to maximise the impact of their giving. Find out more about joining Greenham Trust as a funder on The Good Exchange here
For further information please visit:

Berkshire Community Foundation

A charity that works across Berkshire to raise, then distribute, money directly to vital local causes.
They ensure that any form of philanthropy, whether from an individual or an organisation, brings greatest benefit to those most in need in our local communities.
Berkshire Community Foundation offers a variety of funding streams to support charities, volunteer groups and other non-profit organisations working to improve people’s lives in Berkshire

Gift Aid

Your charity can use Gift Aid to increase the value of donations from UK taxpayers. When people donate using Gift Aid, you can reclaim tax from HM Revenue and Customs. For every £1 donated, you can claim an extra 25 pence. Additionally, under the Gift Aid small donations scheme, some charities are eligible to claim a top-up payment on their small cash donations. HM Revenue and Customs advises on Gift Aid, the Gift Aid, small donations scheme and other tax matters.
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