Funding & Tendering

Social enterprises often have a difficult journey before they become successful and sustainable. It is difficult to achieve financial security with social objectives and it is sometimes a long journey before a social enterprise can rely on commercial contracts or commercially viable products. Many social enterprises, charities, and associations are able to survive by successfully bidding or tendering for external funds, in turn often provided by larger charities, associations, national or local governments, or the EU in the form of structural funds. A successful bid or tender can be a lifeline as it can provide you with the funds you need to achieve your objectives and to be innovative.

Key Concepts

This module will provide you with insights and some tips towards successful bid-writing or submitting an effective tender. The module will consider sources of funding; how to write a successful bid or tender and tools that may help make the decision to bid or not to bid! 

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course, it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. Identify available funding from a range of organisations.
  2. Decide whether to write a bid or find another way.
  3. Identify a bid, a tender, a PQQ or EOI.
  4. Prepare for, and write an effective bid document.
  5. Use a range of tools and matrices to quantify a bidding decision.