Who we are

Launched in 2013, we are a leading consultancy firm who are passionate about supporting organisations to achieve positive social change.

Our team all have direct experience of working in public and/or 3rd sector backgrounds and collectively we bring over 100 years of experience in these environments. That's why we are effective at supporting grass roots organisations working at a local level as well as public sector organisations and large regional charities across the UK and Ireland. 

Our team comes from across NI and as a company we are proud to have our roots in Belfast with regional offices in Derry & Dublin.



Our values and principles underpin everything we do. We pride ourselves as trusted advisors and our approach is underpinned by our company principles of Quality, Integrity and Delivery. At S3 Solutions we value:  

Transparency, accountability and high standards of service for our clients

The diversity of our client base, the work they do and the impact they have

Collaborative working and 

partnership as a way of increasing the value and impact of our work

Our relationships, both personal and professional

Some facts about S3 Solutions

Since launching in 2013, we have worked tirelessly to provide a useful, reliable and high quality service for our clients. This is why 95% of our clients have stated that S3 Solutions has delivered for their organisation
More than £88,500,000
Of public funding secured for 


Capital projects delivered for clients

More than 220

Unique clients supported


Of clients report that they are likely to use S3 Solutions again



We support you to access funding

Impact measurement

We measure impact and evaluate projects & services


We support you to develop, deliver and manage projects and services


We work with you on an ongoing basis, providing tailored support to meet identified needs


We support our clients to access public funding. We do this by providing information, advice, guidance and practical support to complete and submit applications and tenders.


Since launching, we estimate that we have assisted clients to secure more than £88,500,000 for a range of capital and revenue projects. This includes small grants of up to £10,000 to major revenue and capital investments of up to £5,000,000. Our approach:


  • Provides advice and guidance on available funding opportunities 

  • Assists you to identify need and develop project ideas 

  • Helps you consult and engage with your stakeholders 

  • Facilitates discussion with partners about collaboration

  • Drafts applications on your behalf  

  • Presents your project to funders, local councils or government departments

  • Works with other specialists like architects 

  • Advises and guides on project delivery and monitoring & evaluation requirements


You always have full ownership of the process and any application.  Our funding and bid writing service is available on a project by project basis or through our monthly retained support model. Click below to read more about our retained support.



We specialise in monitoring and evaluating funded projects. Our approach is always highly consultative and involves engaging directly with a wide range of stakeholders.


Our staff team are experienced researchers and social impact analysts specialising in the use of economic and financial valuation tools including:


  • Outcomes Based Accountability

  • Social Return on Investment 

  • Logic Model and others 


We communicate evaluation findings through highly visual and easy to understand reports tailored to the intended audience. Our reports include images, info graphs and impact data.




We believe that we are at our best when we are on our feet, facilitating and planning with clients. We provide strategic planning services that help you to develop short, medium and long term objectives as well as implementation plans.


We work with you to develop technical documentation including business plans, economic appraisals and feasibility studies that help leverage investment for capital and revenue projects. Our team are vastly experienced in financial appraisal and we take pride in evidencing the need for a project, usually through extensive consultation, research, site visits, photographs, facility and service reviews as well as aligning projects to local, regional and national strategy and policy.


We offer a bespoke project management service which involves collaborating with you to coordinate all administrative and management functions associated with your organisation or service, allowing you to focus on your strength – delivery.


We also offer practical and interactive training. This includes ½ day, full day and multiple day courses on topics such as:


  • tendering for 3rd sector organisations, 

  • successful bid writing, 

  • planning for social enterprise and 

  • facility development

To enquire about our training service, click here.



core retained service

Our retained service is simple; it is based on an ongoing sustained relationship. We work with you to identify and establish priorities and needs, and then we implement an agreed action plan to find solutions. Here’s how it works:


  • You contact S3 Solutions and we visit you for initial chat about the service 

  • Your committee/board agree to join S3 Solutions and set up a standing order payment

  • You are assigned a specialist client advisor who is dedicated to your organisation 

  • We identify short, medium and long term needs and priorities  

  • Your Client advisor works proactively to support your organisation and reports back regularly


The monthly support may include developing and submitting funding applications & tenders, mentoring and advice, training, action planning, fundraising and gift aid advice. 


For clients with capital ambitions, the monthly support can be aligned to our bespoke facility development model. It provides a guide and reference point for 3rd sector organisations inception through to completion (which can often take up to 3-5 years). We support clients to develop, plan and realise capital projects. This includes attending meetings on your behalf, liaising with architects, technical teams, local authorities and funders as well as producing appropriate documentation and funding applications. 

Find out about some of the projects we have delivered and what our clients say about us here 



Our passionate team have a track record of delivering for our clients. This is a testament to  the energy & enthusiasm of our staff and the creativity & ambition of the organisations we support
Find out what our clients say here



Meet our team

Our team of experienced and committed consultants bring more than 100 collective years of experience across the 3rd and public sectors. We bring a genuine and committed approach to supporting our clients deliver positive social change





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