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We provide a funding advice and information service for community groups and voluntary organisations.

Our funding advice covers:

  • helping to identify your fundraising needs
  • assisting you to develop a fundraising plan
  • advising you on possible funders and how to apply for funds
  • organising funders surgeries and workshops
  • delivering funding workshops
  • organising an annual Funding Event
  • a monthly funding e-bulletin to keep you up to date with current opportunities and other information relating to funding

General Funding Information

    what_are_funders_looking_for.doc (25KB)

    what_you_need_to_find_out_about_a_funder.doc (25KB)

    dos_and_donts_of_filling_in_application_forms.doc (39KB)

    selling_points_of_your_projects.doc (27KB)

    reasons_why_applications_fail.doc (29KB)

    tips_on_writing_applications.doc (71KB)

    making_a_good_application.doc (81KB)

    impact_and_outcomes.doc (70KB)

    We have a number of funding leaflets with lots of information to help you with your funding needs:

    General Information

    fundraising_getting_started.doc (84KB)

    budgets_and_costings_for_small_groups.doc (97KB)

    dont_panic_what_to_do_in_a_funding_crisis.doc (98KB)

    organise_your_fundraising.doc (110KB)

    evaulation_and_monitoring.doc (110KB)

    Planning Your Fundraising

    financial_planning_for_fundraising.doc (135KB)

    developing_a_fundraising_strategy.doc (161KB)

    funding_events.doc (91KB)

    match_funding.doc (134KB)

    voluntary_sector_funding_an_overview.doc (142KB)

    charitable_trusts.doc (163KB)

    getting_support_from_companies.doc (160KB)

    contracts.doc (149KB)

    gift_aid.doc (158KB)

    jargon_buster.doc (161KB)

    Funding e-bulletin

    Every month we keep you updated with all the latest funding opportunities and funding information relating to the voluntary sector. To subscribe to this e-bulletin email Jayne Williams.

    Funding and other useful Websites

    There are a number of websites that will give you a guided search to identify the most appropriate funding opportunities.


    • Funding – again this provides groups with a guided search enabling them to identify the most appropriate funding opportunities.  It is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises and provides access to funding and finance opportunities, as well as a range of tools and other resources.
    • J4b Community – this is a free website where voluntary organisations can search for suitable funders
    • Government Funding – this website provides information on the grants available from 14 Government Departments –   There is a subscription to access the website
    • Trust Funding – this is a directory for government funding and individuals seeking funding by subscribing, registering as a user and searching the funding database.  For more information visit
    • Grantfinder – contains details of over 7000 UK and European Union grants and loans – There is a subscription to access the website
    • Grants for Individuals – this website provides details of charitable funds for individuals in need.  It identifies grants for individuals who are experiencing hardship or for educational purposes –
    • J4b Grants – latest European grants, UK, Government Grants and other sources of funding to help start and grow your business –
    • Funding Information – Profunder is a site offering a choice of two funding programmes for small or large projects.  Subscription charges apply
    • Source Derbyshire – this site brings together buyers and suppliers making it easier for businesses to find out more about new sources of potential revenue –  
    • Grants for – funding search for schools to find relevant sources of grants and funding.  There is a subscription for this website

    Other Websites

    • Charities Aid Foundation – works to create greater value for charities and social enterprise.  They do this by transforming the way donations are made and the way charitable funds are managed –
    • Community Foundation Network – is the representative body for the community foundation movement in the UK.  Here you can find links to all grant giving community foundations across the UK. –
    • HM Revenue and Customs – encourages Payroll Giving, Gift Aid and donations of shares through tax reform –
    • Just Giving – enables any charity, however small, to use the web to raise money at a very low cost -
    • NCVO Third Sector Foresight – aims to help voluntary and community organisations plan effectively for the future, providing information about drivers affecting the voluntary and community sector –
    • Get Legal – is a free online reference and decision-making tool to enable charities, social enterprises and co-operative organisations and their advisors to access clear information and guidance on the most appropriate legal form and governance structure for delivering their goals –
    • Directory of Social Change – provides information and publications on both fundraising techniques and resources.  The DSC website contains an online catalogue of all its funding books, courses and funding databases.  For more information visit
    • National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO) – provides fundraising advice to national organisations.  For more information visit
    • Company Giving – this website contains information about the company support that is available to voluntary and community organisations –
    • Know How Non Profit Organisation – free expert help and advice on all aspects of running a non profit organisation.  Information includes – setting up an organisation, managing people, fundraising and communications/social media –

    Further Help

    If you are looking for funding and would like some support please contact We can then arrange a meeting to discuss the best funders to approach and support you with filling in any application forms.