Fundraising & Development
Owen Collins is the newly appointed Development Manager for the Archdiocese of Cardiff who took up the appointment in January 2019. In this section Owen will keep you update with his work throughout the Diocese.
I’m Owen Collins, the new Development Manager for the Archdiocese. Over the last four years I have been working for the National Lottery Heritage Fund where I gained a lot of experience of how to find grants and write successful funding applications. Now I’m here to help you.
My job is to support parishes and diocesan projects to access funding through grants, trusts, and to consider other forms of income generation.
I will happily come and visit your parish to discuss your project ideas or funding dilemmas – particularly if there is coffee and cake!
How can I help your parish?
It is my role to support parishes across the whole of the Archdiocese of Cardiff at no extra cost to you. Support can be provided in a number of ways:
Once you realise that you need funding I can …
- Come out to meet you and discuss your ideas or chat over the phone
- Advise on putting together a funding strategy
- Suggest a range of fundraising ideas that you might try, from small scale (‘we’re running out of cutlery for parish events’) to large scale (‘the roof is falling down’).
- Provide names of potential funders and help contact them on your behalf
- Help with writing applications and gathering all the necessary documents
When you’re ready to write the application I can …
- Guide you through the application process, from making sure that the application meets the funder’s criteria to writing parts of it for you
- Check that all the necessary documents have been included
- Talking to the funder on your behalf and ‘translating’ what they say into plain English
In the long term I can …
- Help you decide what you need to fundraise for over the next few years (what’s going to wear out AND what will it cost to repair, replace?)
- Work with parishes on long-term funding strategies
- Chat with your fundraising team when they need fresh ideas or provide some help managing applications
How to contact me
If you think that I can help, feel free to contact me by email or on 02920 374148