There is a range of varying funding options available – all have different criteria and may need a different approach.
· The public – support can come in the form of donations; in response to a designated fundraising appeal; through local events; and / or through in-house
fundraising projects (e.g. raffle tickets).
· Grant making charities – these exist to offer financial support through grants. They are extremely diverse in their structure, outlook and procedures.
They can be local, regional, national or international. Some will support only charities – others will fund organisations, not-for-profits and individuals.
· The Big Lottery – the lottery has many varying schemes and it is recommended to search their website for the most up-to-date information. They will have
their own funding guidelines and application form. These can be very time consuming so plan ahead!
· Online / Digital Fundraising – programmes such as Crowdfunder which allow individuals to support your project with a donation. Other similar schemes include: GoRaise, JustGiving, GoFundMe, Crowdrise, Everyclick and Virgin Money Giving.
· Companies – give in a number of ways from cash donations to gifts in kind, sponsorship, matched donations, and even staff time. Larger companies like
banks and supermarkets will have their own funding criteria which can be found on their websites. Smaller businesses (particularly local ones) can be
approached as well. It is a good idea to focus your efforts on businesses with a connection to your work or a link to the local area.
· Local Authorities – receive funds from central government to provide services for communities. These are always changing so be sure to contact your local
authority to discuss any applications you might be thinking of making.
· Central Government – central government grant programmes currently total £1.4 billion – much of this is aimed at service delivery by larger national
organisations. There is also some European funding available through schemes such as the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social
Fund (ESF). The Government also supports smaller groups through local organisations such as community foundations like Quartet Community Foundation.
· Community Foundations – will offer support to local communities through funding from individuals, families, entrepreneurs, companies, charitable trusts
and public sector bodies. There will often be a range of different grants available – each with their own criteria and application forms. Your local
Foundation (Quartet) website would be the best starting point to get information on these schemes.