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Celebrating 10 years of CSO


What we are offering:

  • A free package of support for all our members, on a first come first served basis, to assist with accessing funds.
  • Initial allocation of 3 days of support per member organisation. This will be made up of 2 days of bid writing and one day of financial and budget planning support.
  • Full support and mentoring for funding applications throughout the application process through a pool of bid writers.


What we are doing:

We have been awarded funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to cover bid writing support for our members. For this we will be hiring a pool of bid writers to assist our members to apply for funding. We will also be making available the services of an accounting firm to assist members dealing with budgeting/cash flows. This will also help us to document the impact of Covid-19 on organisations. 


What you need to do to apply: 

Each organisation must apply by completing the form below.

There will be four rounds for applications. Bid Writers will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Each round will be open for one week on the following dates: 

  • 16th - 20th November 2020
  • 30th November - 4th December 
  • 4th - 8th January 2021
  • 1st - 5th February 2021

There will be a Cab-Rank rule in place. We will also place a limitation on the allocation on a geographical basis of 50% to London based organisations and 50% to those in the regions. For more information please contact Harriett at or call her on 020 8064 0874.


Members will need to do their own research to find the funding they would like to apply for. You can find some useful information that could help you at the Charity Excellence Framework website.


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Your project
Funding details
Project details
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CSO is offering Accounting Assistance as part of bid writing support

How much reserves do your last years' financial accounts show?

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Project country

What country (or countries) will your project take place in?

We work slightly differently depending on which country your project is based in, to meet local needs and the regulations that apply there. 

Where will your project take place?

If your project covers more than one area, tell us the main location.

Project location
Information about the people this funding will support
We’re not looking for how many people your specific project will support - we’ll ask for that at the end of the work plan. We need to know about how many people your whole organisation supports.
We’re not looking for the number of volunteers you’ll work with on this project specifically.
When we say lived experience, we mean organisations led by people who have lived through challenges the organisation is trying to tackle. So for example: • A charity working with care experienced people being led by people who have been in care. • An organisation working with disabled people being led by disabled people. • An organisation that works in or with particular Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities having a leadership team that reflects those communities.
Information about the people you support
We ask who your project is most likely to help to understand which different groups of people it is supporting. Think about the makeup of the population in the area you’re delivering your project. And think about who you think is most likely to get involved.

For the questions where the two options to pick from are Yes or No:

  • If you pick ‘Yes’ this means you think your project will especially benefit a certain group of people (like a project aimed at older people might be more likely to help people of a certain age range).
  • If you pick ‘No’ this means you think your project will benefit everyone in your community and isn’t aimed at any particular group of people.

If yes, which ethnic background or backgrounds?

(this refers to people whose parents are of a different ethnic background to each other)