Where to look for funding

Some organisations and websites that provide information on finding funders

There are two sections: information for voluntary and community groups and social enterprises, and a separate section for individuals in need. There are links to other information sources and relevant organisations. The websites listed in the section When you need more than money provide links to other invaluable information.

Our focus is on London only, although some of the organisations listed include UK, EU and other links.

Many voluntary groups serving a specific interest group or need have helpful advice services and useful links relevant to their particular interest and requirements, for example particular age, religious, ethnic, trade or locality groups or for those with specific medical conditions, and it is worthwhile researching them.

The list of London Funders’ members on this website includes links to each organisation’s website where information on their funding can be found.


Where to find funding for groups

www.fundingcentral.org.uk This site provides access to funding and finance opportunities from grants to contracts and loans, as well as tools and resources to help develop appropriate income strategies for third sector organisations. It is linked to:

www.dsc.org.uk The Directory of Social Change is a source of information and training for the voluntary and community sector. Access to guides on trust funding, company giving, government funding and grants for individuals is by subscription. There is also an extensive range of publications for purchase as well as a listing of news and press releases.

www.fundinginformation.org This is a subscription based service providing frequently updated information and weekly emails on new sources of grants and other finance as well as general advice on specific fundraising plans, including social enterprise funding, individual donors and membership fundraising.

www.j4bgrantadvisor.co.uk A subscription based website of funding opportunities from charitable, Lottery, government and European sources for voluntary, not-for-profit and commercial organisations.

www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk Free & impartial money advice, set up by the government, and including some advice on sourcing local authority funding here


For toolkits and specific advice 

www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/sfp NCVO’s Sustainable Funding Project which has information for voluntary and community groups on how to diversify their income sources to include trading, social enterprise activities, service level agreements and contracts as well as grants and charitable donations

Charities Information Bureau the ‘Fit4Funding’ web page has useful advice on funding.

Institute of fundraising has a wealth of information on how to fundraise

http://www.lvsc.org.uk/advice-support/2nd-tier-directory.aspx List of support organisations in London

Full Circle Arts Funding toolkits with do’s and don’ts, bid structures and tips for designing a fundable project for arts organisations and individual artists


Where to find funding for individuals in need

www.turn2us.org.uk  A free, confidential service to help people access the money available to them through welfare benefits, entitlements, grants and other help. A helpline 0808 802 2000 is available from 8 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday and is free from most landlines and mobiles

http://www.family-action.org.uk/section.aspx?id=1924  Family Action runs the Educational Grants Service (EGS) to help people find charitable funding for post-16 education or training within the UK

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en Free and impartial money advice, including some advice on sourcing grants