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HVA AGM 2017 and Funding Fair

Hastings Voluntary Action’s 2017 Annual General Meeting and Funding Fair took place on Tuesday 21 November 2017 at which was held at Sussex Coast College, Station Approach, Hastings, TN34 1BA. 
The programme for the day was as follows:
9.00am Registration opens
9.30am Hastings Voluntary Action's Annual General Meeting
10.15am Comfort break; teas and coffees; networking; view the marketplace
11.00am HVA's Volunteer Awards
12.00pm A choice of workshop about fundraising
1.00pm Lunch and networking; view the marketplace
2.00pm A further choice of funding workshop
3.00pm Plenary; Close
During Hastings Voluntary Action's Annual General Meeting we updated delegates about some of our key achievements during 2016/17, and some of our current and future plans
Nine people were elected as trustees of Hastings Voluntary Action, and the next meeting is scheduled for January 2018. We still have a few places left for new trustees, nominated from our member organisations. If you feel anyone from your organisation could join HVA’s Management Committee please fill in the attached nomination form below, or for an informal chat contact HVA on 01424 444010. We would particularly welcome people with management, HR, fundraising, or marketing skills.
Following the formal part of HVA’s AGM, we presented the latest Volunteer Awards, and there was an opportunity to browse our Funding Fair marketplace. In the afternoon there was a choice of training workshops to improve your fundraising skills.
The Funding Fair included representatives of the following:
East Sussex County Council external funding team
Hastings Borough Council
Workshop details:
Choice of workshops from 12noon to 1pm
Big Lottery Fund - Jane Haddock from the Big Lottery Fund will tell you about their current grant programmes.

Funding for beginners - Veronique Poutrel (ESCC's External Funding Manager) will tell you all that you need to know to start applying for funding for your group.

Funding for community activities - find out about two small grant schemes aiming to fund local community activities – Building Stronger Communities grants and Big Local North East Hastings grants.

Choice of workshops from 2pm to 3pm
Sussex Community Foundation - An introduction to Sussex Community Foundation and their role as a grant maker across the county. This session will cover the application process and offer advice to charities and community groups looking to apply for funding. There will be an opportunity to ask any specific questions you might have.
Tesco & Groundwork - An introduction by your local Tesco Community Champion informing you how your group can benefit from Tesco’s community work in Hastings. Also there will be an update on the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme and how your group can apply for a grant of up to £4,000.
Tackling complex funding streams - Tenders, commissioning and the technical requirements for new forms of EU funding can be daunting for medium sized organisation who have strong track records but sometimes struggle to access more complex funding streams. This interactive workshop will use the local experience of funders and project deliverers to offer advice on getting it right – first time! 

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