We appreciate the huge amount of work that goes into making a funding application. If your work genuinely doesn't fit with our priorities then your efforts may be better focused on applying to other funders.
Where to start
- nfp Synergy has a comprehensive beginner's guide to fundraising for small organisations.
- Community Foundations help people and organisations to invest in local communities where it is most needed and where it will make most impact. UK Community Foundations is the national membership and support organisation for individual community foundations. Collectively, its members are the largest community-focused grant-making network in the UK, making over £65 million grants a year. You can search their network to find one local to your organisation.
Below we also list a some funding directories that may be able to help you find a funder that is a good fit for your work.
- Grant funding
- Free COVID19 funder database: registering to access the database takes 2 minutes and also allows use of the ‘health check’ assessment and access to the huge resource base, including the 4 charity COVID19 toolkits.
- Beehive: a tech for good project that uses information about your organisation or project to identify suitable funds for you. Easily check if you meet a given funder's eligibility criteria to prevent you wasting time and effort applying to the wrong funder.
- GrantNav: a free-to-use open data platform that enables you to access and explore funder information from UK grantmaking organisations. You can search by multiple criteria including by funder, recipient, location and keywords for thousands of grants.
- NCVO Funding Central: a searchable database of grants, contracts and loan finance opportunities from local, national and international funding sources.
- Social investment
- Good Finance: a website to help charities and social enterprises navigate the world of social investment