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    • by Dylan Gallanders
      Support and Engagement Executive, North Wales

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    Funding is more important than ever for community transport providers as they continue to recover from coronavirus and re-start their services. Our report at the start of lockdown found that there had been significant decreases in activities such as dial-a-ride transport (63%), school contracts (68%), community bus services (71%) and community car schemes (71%). Whilst many of these activities are beginning to restart, social distancing continues to restrict capacity which inevitably affects income. Other income streams such as group hire and day trips also remain limited.

    These times are challenging for everyone, so it has become even more important than normal to review your funding streams and look for new opportunities to bring money into your organisation to help you over the coming months.

    With the support of our Connecting Communities in Wales project, we have produced as suite of resources to help support community transport groups to access funding. From ‘top tips’ to templates and ‘how to’ guides, these resources will help you to develop a fundraising strategy and put together funding applications to help support your organisation. You can find out more about Connecting Communities at ctauk.org/cciw.

    Fundraising takes time and effort, but is well worth any investment you make as you could end up with a stronger, more financially sustainable organisation going forward.

    CTA members can access the resources by clicking here.

    Joining our Funding Write-Shops

    To further support you with funding applications, we’re going to be holding a series of funding ‘write-shops’ as part of our new series of online events. These online sessions will be an opportunity for anyone involved with fundraising in your organisation, including coordinators, volunteers and trustees to come together and discuss any applications that you are working on. It will be a space to share ideas about which funders to approach and any experiences that you have had of applying. You can also ask other members for feedback on any ideas that you have or discuss anything which you are unsure about.

    The sessions will be held on Zoom, 11:00am-12:00pm on:

    • Tuesday 20th October
    • Tuesday 10th November
    • Tuesday 1st December

    To sign up to a session, please email advice@ctuk.org. And if you want to find out more about our upcoming series of online events, you can find more information at ctauk.org/online-events.

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