Each year, we have funding available to for local voluntary organisations in Watford and Three Rivers to apply for to allow them to work with consultants or bid writers for work where W3RT CVS lacks the capacity to provide the dedicated amount of time required to be able to support the organisation.  

In 2022, one such organisation who received funding for this from W3RT CVS was Goods for Good who applied for £2,000 to work with a specific bid writer to undertake research into specific funding opportunities, to submit those applications deemed suitable and to develop their overall ‘pitch’ to potential funders.  

For those who are unaware, Goods for Good are a charity that came to Watford a couple of years ago but have been running since 2016. They focus on supporting vulnerable communities in the UK and abroad through donating goods to individuals and families which they have received from UK and European businesses.  


We were delighted to hear back from Goods for Good in the last few weeks who have said that as a result of the funding provided to them, they have been able to: 

- Successfully apply for and receive £5,000 from the Simon Gibson Charitable Trust 

- Submit a range of other applications valued at around £40,000 

- Continue research and developing relationships with other funders to allow them to submit additional funding applications in the future.  

Andrew Anastasiou, Head of Partnerships and Fundraising at Goods for Good thanked W3RT CVS for the funding and said, “It’s so important to work with Alex Murray at W3RT CVS who understands our challenges. At a time when the funding environment is really tough this extra funding really helped us increase the number of bids that we have applied for. More than that though we have been able to rethink our proposals and have an increased pipeline of potential funders, and a slicker process for applying. All this has been really valuable to improving our income development.”

We look forward to working with Goods for Good over the coming months, helping them continue to support our communities through the ongoing Cost of Living Crisis. You can find out more about them by visiting their website here.   

W3RT CVS provides a range of free support to voluntary and community organisation in the Watford and Three Rivers area thanks to funding from Watford Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council. You can find out more about our services by clicking here and if you or your organisation would like support, get in touch by emailing [email protected]

Alex Murray


Lead for W3RT CVS in Watford. Helping to strengthen and support the local voluntary sector.