Support, toolkits and resources: commissioning

Love Your Tender. This is a guide to understanding contracting and being ready to tender. It is a 64-page, full-colour guide with information, activities, signposts and foldout resources that aims to explain about a typical contracting process, help organisations decide if they are ‘tender ready', signpost to additional resources, guide through aspects of contracting that are especially tricky or need special consideration and offer helpful tips, exercises and checklists. For more information, look in the ‘Resources’ section of Children England’s website
Tendering and bidding briefing, give your tender a chance. This briefing from ACEVO, The Finance Hub and Development Trusts Association summarises the different kinds of tender processes, and explains how best to manage each. Find out more
NCVO. They have developed for commissioners a step by step guide to thinking about how to harness best practice and innovation from the VCS throughout the commissioning process. Read more.

Funding Central. Funding Central is a free resource for the whole voluntary and community sector, providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities plus a wealth of tools and resources to support organisations in developing sustainable income approaches that suit their own and their beneficiaries’ needs. They also provide information and links on contract opportunities. Find out more.
Collaboration. Increasingly organisations are being encouraged to collaborate when bidding for contracts. KnowHow NonProfit provide some useful information. Read more.
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