Funding and Grants
Follow the trail
- Funding strategies and planning.
- Trusts, Foundations, government funders etc. with useful web sites. Other web sites to check.
- Online grant seeking facilities, as opposed to information sources which are on our Fundraising on the Net page.
- Fundraising on the Net is the place to find web-based fundraising opportunities.
- Charity awards can include significant financial or other prizes in recognition of achievements or competitions.
Sustainable Funding Project is a first-stop shop helping voluntary organisations explore a full range of funding options to develop a sustainable funding mix. It is part of NCVO. It promotes thorough organisational planning, grant diversification and income generation as 3 key means of enhancing organisational financial stability.
Fit for Funding, from the Charities Information Bureau, provides advice via the web for community groups and voluntary organisations who are seeking funding.
BT Community Connections is a UK wide awards scheme to e-enable local community projects. Awards of internet ready computers are made to individuals or groups who wish to make a positive impact in their community. There is an online application form.
UK Community Foundations (was Community Foundation Network) promotes local 'endowment funds' made by pooling donations that will generate ongoing income, for local grant-making. In 2006, these local community foundations made grants worth over £70 million.
Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust Makes grants in five sectors: arts & heritage, education, environment, social & economic research, social welfare.
Voluntary Action Fund, an independent grant making trust, gives grants to, and work with, local voluntary organisations in Scotland.
- Government Funding,
managed by Directory of Social Change, provides details of grants
available from government departments and other official sources.
- Also see Funding Central,
the government supported info site managed by NCVO.
- Welsh Assembly Government grants guide should be available via voluntary
Funding Database for Northern
Ireland governmental grants.
- European Social Fund in England.
- Big Lottery Fund cCan
be a good funding source for certain groups - main aim is "to
help meet the needs of those at greatest disadvantage in society and
to improve the quality of life in the community".
- Department of Culture, Media & Sport's Lottery
site has info on the distributing bodies and an awards search facility.
- Other lottery money sites:
Funding Central is intended as a central source of information on funding and finance for the voluntary sector. Funded by government and managed by NCVO, it is particularly strong on official funding.
ACF (Association of Charitable Foundations) gives details of member sites - we try not to duplicate this.
Open4Funding from j4b is working with local council web sites to provide facilities for charities and community groups to find relevant funding sources.
We haven't seen much development of tentative steps towards 'electronic grantmaking' which we mentioned some time ago. But check CyberGrants.Com - American of course, or Bell Atlantic Foundation (not got link info yet) who only accept online proposals.
Grants for Business plc (j4b), is developing online matching of companies wishing to distribute grants and charity grant-seekers.