You put your heart and soul into your organisation but where are you going to find someone who loves your cause as much as you do?
Big Heart has curated a collection of websites that help find the funders who will put their money where their mouth is.
There are hundreds of websites out there that will help locate local, regional and national funding. Grant-making trusts and foundations alone give around £3.9 billion to charities in the UK each year.
We love the Institute of Fundraising as a starting point. A fantastic resource that signposts not-for-profits towards potential sources of funding, such as the following couple of sites:
Funding Central, run by NCVO and funded by the Office for Civil Society, part of the Cabinet Office, allows you to search for grants free of charge if your organisation has an annual income under £100,000.
Guidestar takes a different approach of attracting support rather than going looking for it. It is a database of charities, which can be broken down by potential funders looking for a cause to support in a specific area of the sector or location, with information on how to donate or volunteer.
For a subscription, reduced for registered charities, the Directory of Social Change offers facilities to search through £2.3 billion of funding from central and regional government, independent grants, and European sources.
The Big Lottery Fund gives grants from £300 to more than £500,000 to community and voluntary groups and charities. The website has advice on how to successfully apply for and manage a grant from them.
For some time not-for-profits in the UK have relied on support from Europe.
It was estimated by the Directory for Social Change in the Guardian that during 2015, £189.9m was paid directly to UK charities by the European Commission.
It is unknown how this gap will be filled post-Brexit but there have been vague promises any EU funding in place before the UK leaves will be underwritten by the Government if organisations can show ‘strong value for money’.
With that in mind, check out the European Structural and Investment Funds and proceed with caution.
These are just a few options to get you started, despite the perilous state of an uncertain ecomony there are many other funding avenues open.
If you need help to find funders get in contact with the Big Heart Network at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to help.