There is a website with information on the different government funding streams available to the voluntary and community sector. The site allows you to register to receive free funding updates by e-mail and lets you search for suitable funding sources for your project. It’s still being developed but is a useful source of information. It gives funding for:
- Department for Education and Skills
- Department of Health
- Home Office
- Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
- Government Offices for the Regions.
Your local authority may well have access to most of the funding websites, which means you will not need to find the subscription fees from your funds.
Access Funds aim to provide the latest funding information from Central Government, National Lottery, devolved governing bodies, EU and quangos. Access Funds has a range of services to help you fundraise. These include e-mail services, training courses, directories of funding programmes and guides to funding. This service costs £50 per annum for voluntary or community groups and offers a free seven-day subscription so you can ‘try before you buy’.
Grants Online is a handy subscription site with directories of funding broken down into Government, European, lottery and trust funds. It also includes a news-feed on new funds and approaching deadlines and links to funder’s websites. Again this can be accessed for seven days on a free trial basis. Costs start at £100 + VAT for voluntary and community groups.
Grantfinder is an online database of funding providers that is constantly updated. It allows you to build a profile of the project and organisation seeking funding and generates reports on potential funders which can be e-mailed or printed off, containing more information about the funder, what their priorities are and how to contact them. Subscription to this website is quite expensive but some local authorities subscribe to it and you can arrange for a search to be run for your project and the results will be e-mailed to you. Find out more at:
It’s Your Space
It’s Your Space is primarily a website resource to inspire local people to apply for funding to transform a community space including parks or gardens on their doorstep. It gives links to a variety of funding sources and advice on applying and gives many examples of local people who have already taken things into their own hands. It encourages people and organisations to sign up to the Manifesto for Better Public Spaces and explains the essential ten ingredients that make a great public space. For more inspiration and information visit.
Cleaner, Safer, Greener
Cleaner, Safer, Greener – On this site you will find information on subjects such as abandoned vehicles, litter and graffiti as well as information about projects, ideas, information, research, campaigns or training that could make your area greener.
FunderFinder has two types of software available People in Need (PIN) and Groups in Need (GIN)
FunderFinder (GIN) helps grant-seekers to build a profile of their organisation and the work they do, which can be attached with the criteria used by funders.
FunderFinder contains information about 4,500 funders, both trusts and foundations, which make grants to charities and voluntary and community groups. A search produces a list of funders which can be saved, exported and printed out. GIN gives details of where to find further information about each funder found but doesn’t provide addresses or policy guidelines.
This software is
available to buy for an annual fee which starts at £150 + VAT although some
Councils and large community voluntary groups have this software and groups can
Local Grant Schemes
Note: Most of the schemes listed below have a limited life and although available at time of writing may close. Other similar schemes will however start, so you need to keep looking.
Note 2: Some of the schemes here are Manchester based but similar schemes may be available in other towns and cities.
Most Councils have a Funding Team providing advice and guidance to public service providers, organisations and community groups who are seeking funding. As part of the service they:
- Conduct on-line funding searches via Grantfinder Service;
- Provide the latest information on European, Government and Lottery funding;
- Appraise and support funding applications;
- Provide strategic and technical advice and guidance.
Councils often have pots of grant money available. Apply to the Council via the Funding Team to see if there is one in your area.
Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund
Applications considered from not for profit groups or organisations working to improve the environment or social welfare in communities that are based in the airports area of benefit. Maximum grant available is £5,000; however trustees prefer to part fund to complement your own fund raising.
Other local airports will probably have a similar scheme.
Greater Manchester Community Foundation:
Small Grants Programme
Grants for small community groups and projects to improve the lives of people in their local community. Maximum grant available is £2,000.
A fast-track programme offering £500 is available for time critical projects/genuine emergencies. Applications will be processed in 20 working days.
Community Champions Fund
Grants to individuals who identify a need in their local community and require funding to turn their idea into a reality. Grants for £200-£2,000 are available.
For grants up to £500 a fast track system will give a decision in a month.
Kellogg’s Active Living Fund
Small grants to fund projects and activities that directly lead to people taking part in sustained physical activity and ‘remove the barriers to people being active’. Grants for up to £1,000 are available to:
- Community Groups
- Sports Clubs
Sage Community Fund
This fund has a focus on projects related to local employment, children and young people and ICT skills development. A maximum grant of £2,500 is available to community groups from Greater Manchester.
As part of the Comic Relief initiative, Sport Relief awards grants of up to £5,000 for projects that target one of the three main themes:
- Feeling Left Out – increased access to sport and exercise for people who face social exclusion/isolation;
- Having problems in your Life – help people experiencing difficulties to regain their confidence and self esteem;
- Encouraging Inclusion – Encourage people to take part in sporting activities that bring communities together.
Primary Care Trusts
Any self-help group, community group or small voluntary group can apply for projects which promote community health. Grants of up to £500 are considered, which improve health, promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing, benefit local residents and involve the community in its own health.
If you have a landfill site in your area (within a set distance – usually 10 miles) you may be eligible to apply for Landfill money. See article on Landfill Community Funds.
Other companies which may also run grant schemes are:
- Petrol companies
- Big supermarkets – Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, Morrisons and the Co-operative Society
- Local big companies may consider sponsoring or partnering with your group for a specific project.
Reproduced with permission of North West Parks Friends Forum