AVOCADO+ 2020/21 Accelerator Programme

Delivering Operational Excellence and Funding Success for BAMER Groups

Application Information

IMPORTANT (Please read carefully)

Applications for the 2019/20 programme is now closed. The next academic year will run from October 2020 – September 2021 and invitations will be sent to qualifying applicants on a first come, first served basis.

To Apply for the 2020/21 Academic Year, keep reading.

If you are a small charity or social enterprise (receive less than £250,000 annual income) with at least one founder of BLACK, ASIAN, MULTI-ETHNIC & REFUGEE (BAMER) origin, looking to grow and become funding ready, we can help you!

This is an intensive and innovative programme, designed to improve the Sustainability, Fundraising Capabilities and Leadership of UK registered BAMER charities and social enterprises.

Our accelerator programme is the only one of its kind in the United Kingdom, supporting BAMER-led charities and social enterprises. We know these organisations face numerous unique challenges; often it takes many years to gain momentum and build capacity in spite of the great needs they are meeting.

Qualifying organisations will receive:

  • A Diagnostic Review of their organisation and a bespoke development plan
  • Intensive Training Sessions on Charity Essentials, Financial Literacy and Income Generation, run by industry experts
  • A dedicated consultant, offering bid writing and fundraising support
  • Networking opportunities with key grant-makers
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Access to fundraising networks and events
  • Lifetime membership of the AVOCADO alumni community
  • And more

FEES: The Money4Youth AVOCADO + Accelerator Programme is worth £6,000 per organisation and this will be offered for free to 12 successful organisations, thanks to our partners. In return we expect absolute commitment to training dates, outputs and sessions. 

Please note: All organisations accepted on to the programme would be required to pay an administrative registration fee of £100.

To apply, please complete the application form below AFTER checking that you can attend the following sessions:

2020/21 Session dates (TBC)

Key Dates Activities Time
November 2020 – 1 Day – Date TBC Induction 10am – 5pm
December 2020 – 1 Day – Date TBC Nonprofit business essentials: set up, governance, recruiting volunteers, demonstrating impact and getting funding. 10am – 5pm
January 2021 – Date TBC Bootcamp Day 1: Fundraising Strategy and case for support 10am – 5pm
January 2021 – Date TBC Bootcamp Day 2: Fundraising Strategy and case for support – Support day 10am – 5pm
February 2021 – Date TBC Bootcamp Day 1: Project development and Fundraising Product Innovation 10am – 5pm
February 2021 – Date TBC Bootcamp Day 2: Project development and Fundraising Product -Support day 10am – 5pm
March 2021 – Date TBC Bootcamp Day 1: Introduction to Grant makers and Prospect research 10am – 5pm
March 2021 – Date TBC Bootcamp Day 2: Prospect research Support day 10am – 5pm
April 2021 – Date TBC Bootcamp Day 1: Effective Bid Writing techniques 10am – 5pm
April 2021 – Date TBC Bootcamp Day 2: Bid Writing Support day 10am – 5pm
May 2021 – Date TBC CrowdFunding from the Community, Corporates and Major Donor Fundraising 10am – 5pm
June 2021 – Date TBC Financial Literacy for Charities 10am – 5pm
July 2021 – Date TBC Final Support and Essential Information Day 10am – 5pm
September 2021 – Date TBC Graduation 6pm – 10pm

Can at least two senior members of your organisation attend all the dates listed above?

If the answer is yes, then please proceed to the application form below.

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