Gray Lakes Funding2024-04-17T19:58:55+00:00
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Let’s work on your project together

Secure funding for your project!

We are a personal consultancy service that provides bid writing, hands-on training & guidance for organisations.

Funding successfully achieved

In the last 12 months

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In the last 6 years

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Funding Strategies & Bid Development

Devising a framework for investment presents many challenges, to be useful, the framework cannot be too general or too specific. At Gray Lakes Funding we have an understanding of the diverse and durable funding streams available and how to construct sound strategic planning. We follow a seven step process, for more information get in touch.

Research & Evaluation

Gray Lakes Funding is committed to diverse, cross-disciplinary research that focuses on monitoring and evaluating projects to help build sustainability and lasting impact. We understand that research is only useful if people use it, our researchers have a track record of getting people to engage in research and use the findings to inform decision making by blending in depth knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Influencing the Sector & Gathering Support

Engagement with your sector is best considered before a project even begins, in the planning process and through discussions with stakeholders. Planning effective ways of bringing your message to people who can make a difference is crucial. A central strand of our influencing work is truly understanding project deliverables and disseminating evidence-based project work directly to politicians that influence.

Stakeholder Engagement

Discovering the need and benefit of collaboration with stakeholders can be a painful experience and there is a real risk of failing to identify the important stakeholders, when to engage and why we engage them. We have a strong track record of identifying relevant information for each stakeholder, defining their role in the project and management of expectations within the project.

Inspired, Motivated, Personal

Meet Wil Woan.

We help our clients unlock their true potential to secure grants.

  • Wil Woan formed his own consultancy in January 2015 after spending 12 years working for the Big Lottery Fund.

  • Wil has worked as an assessor, an outreach officer, a policy lead and a manager of UK wide programmes.

  • During his career Wil has gained first hand experience of understanding what funders want.

Here’s what we’ve been up to

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We have outstanding sector leading experience

Your personal consultancy service

Gray Lakes Funding works with a range of clients throughout the UK including voluntary groups, Housing Associations, professional sports clubs and governing bodies as well as managing professional athletes charities and foundations.

Improving your funding proposal

We’ll work together on key aspects of your bid including…

  • How to present your project aims

  • How to present the need for your project

  • How to explain your project outcomes

  • How to explain why you’re the right one to deliver the project

  • How you will capture learning and share your insight

Never give up!

There are always solutions

Never give up!

There are always solutions

Our specialists come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and all have something in common – direct experience of, and a passion for, the not-for-profit sector

Our team has outstanding, sector leading experience in business planning, fundraising, stakeholder engagement, communications, marketing, strategic planning and policy shaping.


Hear what people say…

James Gregory, Director Families Against Violence

Wil has proven time and again to be an invaluable asset to our team. His exceptional bid writing skills have consistently improved our funding proposals and played a pivotal role in our success, securing thousands of pounds for us over the last twelve months.

Collaborating with Wil is an absolute pleasure, his professionalism, reliability, and strong work ethic make every project smooth and efficient. Deadlines are consistently met, and his willingness to go the extra mile has eased the stress of tight timelines.

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