Funders Index: Online Resources & Fundraising Publications: This is our page of useful websites, magazines & books for fundraisers.

Don’t forget to have a look at our free fundraising guide “Funding Your Way” for lots of great tips and strategies.

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Online resources with no subscription required


Association of Charitable Foundations – provides trust and funding
Awards for All – Tel: 0845 600 20 40
Big Lottery Fund – Central information resource for all National Lottery grant-giving
Barnardo’s – free advice and information at:
Bristol Child Safe – aims to encourage children and young people to participate in travel, sport, community groups and specific school programmes:
Bristol City Council – The College House, College Green, Bristol. BS1
Bristol Family Information Service – provides free impartial information and guidance on a full range of childcare and children’s services and resources across the City of Bristol:
CAF Online – Fundraising support:
Charity Commission – Information on registered charities:

Charities Direct – a database of UK charities:
Charity Technology Exchange – donated products –
Children’s Play Information services – play information:
Children’s Scrapstore:

Children Today – provides grants for special equipment for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK:
Community Foundations:
Company Giving:
Crowdfunder – online fundraising portal –
Department for Education – children and young people grants – early learning and childcare –
Directory of Social Change:
Donate a PC:
European Structural and Investment
Fair Play – to promote understanding and action on the Childs Right to Play:
Family and Childcare Trust – childcare related information at
Families in Foundation Years – this website gives information for all families in England with children under the age of 5:
Family Learning Network – advice and support, funding help:


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Funding Central – is a free smart website for all third sector organisations, including community groups, providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.
Foundation for Social Improvement – support for small charities –
Gift Aid
Government Funding Streams – These can be viewed at:

Grantsnet – GrantsNet gives information about grant schemes available to
businesses and charities in the UK:

Grants 4 Funding – Information on local government, lottery and charitable schemes:
Guidestar – comprehensive information about every charity:
Institute of Fundraising – general fundraising information:
J4bgrants – Find out about European grants, UK Government and other sources for your
KidsOut – a charity dedicated to bringing fun and happiness back into the lives of disadvantaged children –
Know How Nonprofit – building expertise and sharing knowledge – A good range of download help
Law works – free legal advice –
Local Authorities – Department for Children, Schools and Families:
National Council for Voluntary Organisations –
OFSTED – the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills has a range of information and news on a wide selection of issues. Please visit:
Play Bus Bristol – offer mobile family learning and play service for families and children aged 0-13 years
Play Education – training information:
Quartet Community Foundation:
Rural Community Councils
South Gloucestershire Council – some funding available for training –
South West Foundation gives grants and information:
Tax Effective Giving – Gift Aid information:
Toy Trust – have useful free download sheets on the value of toys and play –
UK Fundraising – Fundraising information and resources for fundraisers:
Voscur – Funding information and fundraising help:

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Internet Resources – Subscription

Association of Charitable Foundations offers advice on good grant-making practice. Visit them at:
Association of Charity Independent Examiners –
Company Giving gives online advice and information regarding support from
Grants for Individuals is an online database of over 3,500 grant making trusts:
Grants Online has a website and email alert service. For more information visit:
Just Giving is an online fundraising scheme:
My Gift – subscription based donation site –
Pro Funding is an online resource that covers grant-making trusts, companies and European funds. Previously available in published form as Funding Digest, but is now only accessible via the
The Directory of Social Change can be contacted via or by phoning 08450 77 77 07
The Factory – produces new trust updates –
Trust Funding is an online website that you can subscribe to and access up-to-date information on
Virgin Money Giving –

Fundraising Publications

The following books are available from the Directory of Social Change:

Below are a few examples of the sorts of books available. Don’t forget it is worth checking with your local library, or organisations like BAND and VOSCUR to see if they stock any of these, or similar fundraising guidance books.

Fundraising Sources

  • Guide to New Trusts
  • The Directory of Grant Making Trusts
  • A Guide to Major Trusts
  • A Guide to UK Company Giving
  • A Guide to Local Trusts in the South
  • Government Funding Guide
  • Guide to Educational Grants
  • Guide to European Funding
  • Sports Funding Guide
  • Youth Funding Guide

Fundraising Techniques

  • Capital Campaigns
  • Corporate Fundraising
  • Finding Company Sponsors for Good Causes
  • Quick Guides: Fundraising from Companies
  • Fundraising Databases
  • Quick Guides: Events Planning
  • Fundraising for a Community Project
  • Complete Fundraising Handbook
  • The Art of Raising Money
  • Getting Started in Fundraising
  • Asking Properly
  • QuickGuides: Sources Of Funding
  • Writing Better Fundraising Applications 4th Edition
  • Effective Fundraising
  • Fundraising Management: Analysis, Planning and Practice
  • Find the Funds
  • Quick Guides: Making The Ask
  • Quick Guides: Understanding Fundraising
  • QuickGuides: Fundraising from Grantmakers
  • The Essentials of Fundraising
  • The Influential Fundraiser
  • Fundraising Management: Analysis, Planning and Practice
  • Tiny essentials of Raising Money from Foundations and Trusts

Fundraising Magazines And Periodicals

BAND News is a bi-monthly newsletter that contains fundraising pages as well as play work related ideas, suggestions and articles.
Fair Play for Children Information and support can be found at:
Fundraising for Schools
Monthly magazine with all the latest information on the sources of extra funding that are available to schools.
Third Sector looks at a wide range of charity issues. For more information visit
VOSCUR. A monthly newsletter that covers a range of issues from fundraising to recruitment. Has fundraising pages that are updated monthly. Please visit
Nursery World. A weekly periodical that includes playwork and nursery care information. Please
Children and Young People Now – now as an NCB Member you will receive a free, weekly subscription to Children & Young People Now, the only dedicated weekly title for professionals working with children, young people and their families. For further information please visit:

For advice and help on completing any of the above applications, phone BAND on 0117 954 2128 or email us

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