Fundraising Qualification Bursaries from the FSI

The first round of bursaries towards a fundraising qualification has been launched by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI).

At a time when the need for expertise in fundraising hasn’t been greater, 15 bursaries are being made available as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Small Charity Fundraising Training programme. Small charities (those with a turnover under £100,000) are able to access 80% of the funding needed for an Introduction to Fundraising Practice qualification.

Of the full £360 fee, 40% of the funding for the bursary comes from DCMS and 40% from the generous supporters to the FSI. This means only 20% (£72) is payable by the charity.

The FSI’s Introduction to Fundraising Practice will provide an introduction to key fundraising concepts and skills. It includes practical modules on developing a fundraising strategy and developing a case for support. The qualification is accredited to SQCF Level 6 (QCF Level 3) – made up of two units delivering 12 credits.

The first round is now open until Thursday, November 30th with the successful applicants to be announced on Friday, December 15th as part of Local Charities Day.

Eligibility criteria:

  • To be considered you must be working for a charity with turnover of less than £100,0000
  • A large part of your role must involve fundraising (in full or in part)
  • You will need to have the endorsement of your line manager or a Trustee and demonstrate you are able to commit to the attendance, coursework and self-study requirements of the qualification programme.

Fill in this short form to apply for the bursary


For more information about the Introduction to Fundraising Practice and our other qualifications, please visit our qualifications page.