***Please note: The current programme is now fully booked***
If you're interested in being part of the next series early in 2023, please email [email protected] with your expression of interest.

The Accelerator Programme aims to support organisations looking to develop their Business Development approaches and generate income from competitive bidding processes for both contracts and grants. This programme will be subsidised by BVSC during the pilot phase and applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

What is the Accelerator Programme?

It's a programme of support for people working in organisations in the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector, looking to intensify their Business Development approaches and generate income from competitive bidding processes for both contracts and grants.

Why is it needed?

We understand from our work across the sector how increasingly difficult it is to access funding and sustain projects and services.
We also know that organisations that invest in Business Development are over 5 times more likely to be successful with funding applications.  
BVSC is committing resources to improve the Sector’s capacity to apply for and secure funding and are subsidising  this pilot programme.

Who is this for?

Participants working in organisations who are responsible for funding / business growth and who are looking to identify and apply for significant opportunities for their growth in the next 6-12months.  
As a guide we think the programme will suit people working in micro and small organisations with a current turnover between £80,000 and £1million. These figures are indicative so if you’re interested and feel you would benefit from attending the programme don’t hesitate to get in contact and discuss your interest.

When does the programme start?

The first programme will run from September 2022 to January 2023 for 20 weeks.

What are the benefits of the programme?

The programme will provide participants with expert support to develop an effective Business Development Strategy for their organisation that they will then be supported to put into action.

What's included in the programme?

  • Pre-programme support and introductory meeting (Digital)
  • A 2-day induction and introduction (Thursday 22 and Friday 23 September  - venue to be confirmed)
  • Bi-weekly webinar for participants with insights and presentations on key topics (Digital)
  • Bi-weekly one to one progress meeting (Digital)
  • Mid-point review group (in person – venue to be confirmed)
  • 2 x half day work-shops
  • Critical review of two applications being made by participant organisations during the programme.

In addition:

Participants will be able to access discounted day rates for bid writing services through our recommended consultants (subject to availability).
Find out about the costs and how to apply on the Accelerator programme page.