Reporting to funders
A plain-English summary of data protection responsibilities for small, volunteer-run community groups, including how to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Surveys are useful for finding out people’s opinions about an issue, or to gather feedback about your group’s activities. This page provides tips on getting the most out of surveys.
Getting your group’s accounts independently examined: what it means, why you might want to do it, and how to go about it.
Two easy to use Excel accounts systems which you can download for free.
Information to help your community group think about what you are aiming to achieve, how to find out if you are succeeding, and how to demonstrate to the outside world that what you are doing is useful.
When you receive a small grant, the organisation that gives you the grant will usually ask you to send them some information at the end of the project. Some funders provide a form for you to fill in. Others just ask you to write a short report and send it to them. This information sheet is mainly focused on writing an evaluation report from scratch, but you may also find it useful when thinking about how to fill in an evaluation form.
Information and tips to help your whole committee take responsibility for looking after your group’s money.
These books are available at the Resource Centre, for reference only. If you prefer to borrow them, some of the titles are available at local libraries in Brighton & Hove. Groups based in Sussex are welcome to come in and browse our bookshelf and noticeboards.
- A framework of outcomes for young people (2012)
- Applying for your project overheads: guidance for Big Lottery Fund applicants
- Brighton and Hove State of the City Report (2011)
- Evaluation Resource Pack
- Explaining the difference your project makes: A BIG guide to using an outcomes approach
- Funding Buddies: getting funding to where it's needed toolkit
- Happiness: Brighton & Hove Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy
- Measuring Well-being: A guide for practitioners
- Practical monitoring and evaluation - a guide for voluntary organisations
- Simply Governance: A comprehensive guide to understanding the systems & processes concerned with the running of a sustainable community enterprise
- Sussex Uncovered - Evaluating the needs and strengths of our communities
- Sussex Uncovered - Evaluating the needs and strengths of our communities - Executive Summary
- Taking Account 3: Third Sector Audit Report 2014. Capturing the social and economic impact of community and voluntary organisations in Brighton and Hove.
- Your project and its outcomes
The services listed below are not provided by the Resource Centre. These are websites and services we feel are particularly useful for small groups in Brighton & Hove, and which are not easy to find by searching the internet.
Most useful services for local groups
Fundraising ideas and information, Information about campaigning, Information about crowdfunding and community shares, Information about monitoring and evaluation, Information about social media, Information on running a group
Website with a wide range of information and advice on setting up and running community groups, charities and social enterprises.
Have a large number of very useful, easy to read information sheets on a range of subjects, including campaigning, fundraising and publicity.