IoF South West Bursaries


IoF South West Membership bursary - join now for just £30*

As an IoF member, you’ll be joining a network of over 6,000 Fundraisers enjoying a wide range of membership benefits.

We know how important it is for you to raise as much money as you can for the causes you care about and we want you to be the best fundraiser you can be. We can help you to gain skills and build networks to help you achieve the best possible results for you and your organisation. Let us help you to develop your career in fundraising - we can support you every step of the way. Our National, Regional and Special Interest Groups are run by the IoF Volunteers, covering the whole of the UK and a wide range of specialist fundraising areas.

  • Share best practice, knowledge and experience
  • Peer support, training, networking and events
  • Technique-specific fundraising, information and relevant local issues 


To apply for one of the 50 discounted IoF Individual memberships available, please complete an online application here.

*standard first year Associate rate £132


Introduction to Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising South West group aims to support Individual members planning to achieve the IoF Introduction to Fundraising course through the provision of a bursary of £50. This will be paid on confirmation that full funding has been secured and the applicant is able to proceed with booking the course.

To complete an online application form, please click here


One Day Bursaries for Fundraising Convention at the Barbican, London, 1-3 July 2019

 The Institute of Fundraising SW Regional Group is offering 3, one-day Fundraising Convention Bursaries in 2019 (1 – 3 July 2019) to support fundraisers working for small to medium sized charities in the South West. 

The Bursary will fund a one-day pass for Fundraising Convention (at the earlybird member rate). The individual and/or their organisation will be responsible for travel and any necessary accommodation costs (although we will consider some support for travel costs if they are so high they would prohibit a fundraiser attending the conference).

You will need to be an Individual member (either Associate or Full) of the Institute of Fundraising who lives or works in the South West region to apply for a SW Group Fundraising Convention Bursary. Preference will be given to fundraisers who have not attended Fundraising Convention before, who work for small to medium sized charities and who could disseminate information to other fundraisers and organisations through the local Fundraisers’ Groups or other networks.

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 31 March 2019 and applicants will be notified of the SW Committee’s decision by mid-April. Complete an online application form here.


Certificate & Diploma in Fundraising

The IoF South West Regional Group is offering Academy Training Bursaries for IoF members wanting to achieve the Certificate or Diploma in Fundraising. We will cover a third of the price of the Certificate and a quarter of the price of the Diploma.

To complete an online application please click here.

For details on either of these courses please click here

Bursaries of 33% towards any Institute of Fundraising Training

The Institute of Fundraising South West Group aims to support individual members who live or work in the South West, aiming to take any IoF training courses, through the support and the provision of bursaries for up to one third of the cost of the training. The Bursary will be given in the form of a pledge to lever other funding towards the training costs and will be payable directly to the Institute once the full funding has been secured and you are able to proceed with booking the training course. 

We will not fund: 
• training that has already taken place 
• internal training courses or courses not run by the IoF.

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But don't just take our word for it, read here how one bursary holder made the best use of his membership! 

IoF SW Bursary : Applicants Report 1 year on...

In November 2014 I was very grateful to receive a bursary in relation to my first year IoF Associate membership.

It’s been a busy year for me and since joining the IoF I have taken full advantage of my membership by taking part in the following:

  • IoF 2 Day Major Donor Training Course, November 2014, London
  • SW IoF Autumn Conference, November 2014, Exeter
  • Plymouth IoF Network Meeting, November 2014
  • SW IoF Spring Conference, Bristol, April 2015
  • IoF National Fundraising Convention, London, July 2015
  • SW IoF Autumn Conference, November 2015, Exeter

In addition, I have recently been accepted on an internal programme which allows a limited number of staff to study for a Diploma in Fundraising - fully funded by Oxfam. My course starts in February 2016 and I am looking forward to it!

Needless to say, my membership with the IoF will continues and I have ensured colleagues /friends who are fellow-fundraisers are aware of the many and varied benefits being an IoF member brings.

Thank you for all your hard work as the SW IoF Committee and for allowing me this opportunity. I look forward to attending the next event!                            

(C. Babb, January 2016)

Any queries relating to our bursaries, please email                                                                           

PLEASE NOTE: the geographical areas for each IoF region are currently under review and the counties of Hampshire and Wiltshire will be moving to Central South in 2019. The South West region will consider applications from fundraisers in these counties only until the Central South's bursary scheme is launched.