Funding Advice and Guidance

EPNAVCOs Funding Advisor supports voluntary and community organisations to get the resources they need. We provide advice, info and training to help organisations become more confident and self reliant in fundraising.

We can help you identify appropriate funding streams with the help of search engines including Grantfinder, Funderfinder and Grantsonline. If you require a funding search, please click here

For further help why not try Apply Yourselves, this is free software provided by Funderfinder to help groups with funding applications.

Once you have mastered this software why not try Budget Yourself or Full Cost Recovery to produce your budget.

Funding News

 Comic Relief ‘Give it Up’ Grants Available (UK)

Comic Relief is managing two new grant programmes set up by the comedian Russell Brand to help people recover from addiction.

Recovery Communities is a pilot scheme that will support the funding of recovery communities. Recovery communities are about ensuring people with addictions have the support to meet the full range of their personal, social and economic needs so that they can sustain long term recovery and reintegrate back into society. The fund will support the development of recovery communities in three geographical locations in England creating sustainable partnerships to offer cross sector working, support a network of groups and activities, and learn about what makes them effective in sustaining recovery.  Networks can apply for funding of up to £70,000 per year for up to 3 years to run recovery communities.

The small grants programme is available to not for profit organisations to help those who have completed a recovery treatment programme to remain addiction free and to reduce stigma against them. Through the small grants programme grants of up to £5,000 are available to provide a range of activities to sustain recovery . Activities could include for example art, yoga or fishing; etc.


 Community Development


Community First funding to receive any group or organisation must:

·         be a not-for-profit, third sector voluntary or community group

·         be connected with and/or meeting the needs of the local community

·         have a bank account with 2 signatories OR nominate an organisation which has a bank account with 2 signatories to hold funds on its behalf

·         have a governing document that has as a minimum the name, aim/purpose, objects, a dissolution clause for the organisation, a list of Trustees/Committee members, and Trustees/Committee member signatures. New groups are not required to have this in place, but should agree to develop one.

·         provide evidence of significant community participation in their application through the group’s matched element to the project

·         show that their project is in line with the priorities identified for the ward

Faith Action - Together in Service Fund (England)

Faith Action, which is a national network of over 1,300 faith-based and community organisations, has announced the launch of a new £100,000 Together in Service Fund.  

The aim of the fund is to support faith based groups in undertaking new multi-faith volunteering projects at local level that are done for the good of others (individuals, communities and/or society) and bring about social change and/or value.  Projects involving faith-based groups and / or people, that engage people from more than one faith community can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £5,000.  The funding is available on a 1:1 match funding basis.  To be eligible to apply, applicants need to be incorporated bodies (e.g. registered charities etc.).

 Links to other forms of support and funding advice
The Institute of Fundraising has produced 'The Good Fundraising Guide', an introduction to fundraising for charities and fundraisers. The comprehensive 64-page guide is aimed at new fundraisers and volunteers.
Funding Central is a free smart website for voluntary and community 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.
Community Accountancy Self-Help run the CASH Online website, which aims to provide people with the basic financial skills needed to run successful charities and voluntary organisations.
The Cranfield Trust is a free management consultancy for UK-based voluntary organisations working to address issues of poverty, disability or social exclusion, and can offer support in such areas as business or strategic planning, marketing, IT, human resources and finance.
InKind Direct does not offer funding, but does distribute high-quality new surplus goods to UK voluntary organisations.
The Looking for a Grant? section of the Funderfinder website offers a great deal of free information and advice for groups and individuals seeking grants, including leaflets on various aspects of fundraising, links to a wide range of funders and signposting to further organisations or agencies which may be able to offer support.

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