Welcome to the Learning Zone

The WCVA Learning Zone offers the third sector in Wales an opportunity to learn about, discuss and share funding and finance issues online.

Our online courses have been created to help your organisation diversify its funding mix and become financially sustainable. The courses cover a range of income sources from charitable donations through to grants, contracts, and trading goods and services. We’ll also help your organisation understand why planning, organisational skills and development are vital in achieving financial sustainability.

How do I get started?

To begin using the Learning Zone for any of our courses, you’ll need to create an account. This account can then be used for any future courses you enrol on. To do this, click ‘login’ at the top right of the screen and follow the instructions or go to our Help section to view our easy access guide.

Which courses can I go on?

Some of our courses listed below are open access, which means you can sign up to them completely free of charge. The rest of our courses are blended learning courses, where you’ll be able to access resources prior to, and after attendance at a face-to-face training event run by Sustainable Funding Cymru. You’ll need to attend the relevant training course to gain access to these online courses.

Why not try an open access course today for free!

Sustainable Funding Cymru is supported by the Big Lottery Fund in Wales.

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Available courses

  • Open Access - anyone who creates an account can access this course. This course is designed for staff and trustees to help them understand the issues to consider before applying for grant funding.

    Self enrolment: Getting fit for grant funding
  • Open Access - anyone who creates an account can access this course. With the funding environment becoming more and more competitive it is vital that you make your applications for funding stand out from the crowd. Learn how to improve the quality of your applications by understanding what funders really want. 

    Self enrolment: Writing winning funding bids
  • Open Access - anyone who creates an account can access this course. A strategic plan plays a vital role in helping organisations to achieve their mission and long-term goals. It also enables them to plan for the future and work towards financial sustainability. This online course is designed to help you better understand what is involved in writing a strategic plan and how to use the ‘planning cycle’ effectively in your organisation.

    Self enrolment: Writing a strategic plan
  • Open Access - anyone who creates an account can access this course. Third sector organisations can normally locate funds to kick start projects, but find it difficult to secure funding for ongoing work. Many find themselves ‘trapped’ in the funding cycle and relying on grant funding as a main source of income. This online course will raise awareness and understanding of sustainable funding and will help organisations consider their right ‘funding mix’.

    Self enrolment: Finding the right funding mix
  • Open Access - anyone who creates an account can access this course. This online course is for those new to tendering and contains a wealth of information to help organisation bid for, and win public sector contracts. It helps organisations to understand the tender process, and how they can make it work for them.

    Self enrolment: To bid or not to bid?
  • Open Access - anyone who creates an account can access this course. This is a short (and fun!) 15 minute course designed to help you find out more about online learning. The course is designed to give you a brief overview of the Welsh language, its use in Wales and to get you thinking! 

    Self enrolment: Welsh Language Awareness
  • Closed Access - only accessible to learners who have attended the face-to-face session. This courses gives charity fundraisers and communicators the confidence and knowledge to experiment with ways they can generate interest and income from social media as part of their fundraising campaign comms mix.

  • Closed Access - only accessible to learners who have attended the face-to-face session. This course is for trustees, staff and volunteers in heritage organisations who are new to fundraising and/or thinking about implementing fundraising in their organisation for the first time.  It aims to improve their understanding of the key issues to consider before beginning to fundraise.

  • Closed Access - only accessible to learners who have attended the face-to-face session. 

    There are nearly 9,000 grant-making trusts in the UK… 

    But what do they fund? And what makes a successful application? Our Introduction to Trust Fundraising course will answer these questions and much more.  

  • Closed Access - only accessible to learners who have attended the face-to-face session. This course is for those new to capital appeal fundraising and is suitable for chief executives, senior managers, fundraisers and trustees, considering launching a capital appeal.

  • Closed Access - only accessible to learners who have attended the face-to-face session. To provide participants with an insight into the world of tendering and the tools and techniques to develop successful tenders.

  • Closed Access - only accessible to learners who have attended the face-to-face session. This course is aimed at trustees to build skills and knowledge on planning for a financially sustainable future.

  • Closed Access - only accessible to learners who have attended the face-to-face session. This course provides the knowledge, tools and techniques to use and practice an outcomes approach.

  • Closed Access - only accessible to learners who have attended the face-to-face session. This intermediate course is intended for experienced bid writers wanting to further develop their knowledge and skills to produce compelling funding bids.

  • Closed Access - only accessible to learners who have attended the face-to-face session. This is an advanced course for experienced bid writers wanting to further develop their knowledge and skills to produce compelling funding bids for international projects.

  • Coming soon. This course is currently under development. Please contact sfc@wcva.org.uk for further information.

  • Closed Access - only accessible to learners who have attended the face-to-face session. Access the resources here for the ‘Sustainable Funding – Finding the right mix’ workshop. This interactive session, delivered on 23 February 2012, provided participants with a general introduction to sustainable funding as well as the steps to financial sustainability.

  • Closed Access - only accessible to learners who have attended the face-to-face session. This is a one-day course on How to tender and includes pre-reading for participants before the course.


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