Funding

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Finding funding to properly run your services, cover core costs, train your staff and volunteers, and become a sustainable organisation is one of the biggest challenges facing any charity or non-profit organisation.

If you have the tools to generate income and funding from multiple and different sources, you will be able to build up your financial resilience. This will help secure your financial future and business strategy.

There are many different types of funding out there, from bank loans and angel investors, to grant funding and donations.

The resources in this hub are designed to help you find appropriate and sustainable ways to find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise.

These resources will help you to:

Find grants and other sources of funding

From local authority contracts to bank loans, crowdfunding and online donations to earned income opportunities, there are a lot of funding opportunities out there. It is important to find the right sources of funding that meet your group or organisation’s needs. You’ll learn how to spot the right opportunity for your business and how to write winning funding bids.

Secure your long-term financial sustainability

Support to provide you with the tools and strategies to secure the long-term sustainability of your organisation through better business and financial management.

These funding resources will be particularly useful for your Chair and trustees, senior management, finance managers and fundraisers.

The resources include where to find funding, what different types of funding are there, guides, templates, and more:

  • Finding funding to start a new charity, community group or social enterprise
  • Links to live grants and funding opportunities
  • Understanding community shares
  • Support with applying for bank loans and specialist lenders
  • Advice on diversifying your income (blended finance)
  • Crowdfunding campaigns and online fundraising
  • Contracts and working with your local authority
  • Engaging and working with corporates or businesses
  • Financial management support and tools
  • Advice on applying for grants and writing grants applications

Understand more about Community Shares

Guide
Last updated: 28 April 2020

Since 2009 more than £60m of share capital has been raised from over 60,000 investors.

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What you need to know about grant funding

Explanation
Last updated: 29 April 2020

There are over 4,000 grant funders in the UK, and the process is highly competitive.

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Search for live funds and grants

Funding
Last updated: 28 April 2020

Access local, national and international funding as well as social investment.

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Different ways to raise funds

Funding
Last updated: 5 May 2020

A helpful list of guidance and links to different types of funding.

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