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
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.
European Social Fund Community Grants Programme
The North West Workers Education Association has
announced that its 3rd round for applications through
the European Social Fund (ESF) Community Grants
Programme will open for applications on the 2nd July
Through the programme grants of up to £12,000 are
available to small, third sector, voluntary and
community organisations in the North West to engage with
local communities to deliver a range of skills and
employment support activities to enable people from the
hardest to reach communities, experiencing multiple
disadvantages, to make progress towards the labour
market. The type of activities funded can include:
Taster work experience
Training advice and guidance
Job search assistance
Personal development and support to overcome
barriers to training and employment.
The closing date for applications will be the 7th
Innovation in Giving Fund to back Established Charities
The Cabinet Office and Nesta today announced the second
round of the £10 million Innovation in Giving Fund,
which aims to find and back innovative ideas for
increasing levels of volunteering and charitable giving.
Following the first round, which backed innovative ideas
to increase giving, the second round will include a
search for established charities that want to use their
expertise, networks, assets and capabilities to find new
ways to engage people in giving. Over the next
year, Nesta will support a group of medium and large
charities with national reach to increase their impact
through adopting and integrating innovations that
support their mission. Approximately 10 charities will
be selected to receive a share of £1.5 million.
£2.45 million has already been awarded to 31
organisations that have developed game-changing
innovations that have the potential to deliver a
significant increase in giving and exchange of time,
assets, skills, resources and money technology-based
ideas. These include:
The Good Gym, a community enterprise that connects
people who want to get fit, with physical tasks that
need to be done in the community.
The DoNation, an online platform that offers an
alternative to sponsoring people money, instead allowing
them to donate by pledging to do socially useful tasks.
A second call for more game-changing ideas will be
announced in May 2012.
The Greggs Foundation breakfast club programme supports
young people of primary school age who live in
disadvantaged areas of the UK. The Greggs Foundation
currently supports 180 breakfast clubs throughout
England, Scotland and Wales. Schools that are
interested in opening a breakfast club at your school
must be able to show that at least 40% of your pupils
qualify for free school meals and that the school serves
a disadvantaged community. School should able to attract
adult volunteers to help run the scheme and attendance
at the club must be free for all pupils. The grant can
even be used for games and sports equipment to help
children play together. Greggs also provides bread
donations from the nearest shop.
Recently set up breakfast clubs include:
clubs at Hillside Community Primary School, in
Skelmersdale which received funding of £600 for its
breakfast club which around 45 young people attend
Swalwell Primary School, in Gateshead where nearly
50% of school children are entitle to free meals
received a grant of £1,100.
Although applications can be made at any time, there is
currently a waiting list for funding whilst new
sponsorship partners are being identified.
McDonalds has announced the launch of a new grant scheme
to support community football throughout the UK.
A total of £75,000 is available in 2012 through the
McDonalds Kick Start scheme and local community football
teams can apply for grants of between £500 and £2,500
for activities such as:
Improving club facilities
Pitch hire; van hire
Washing machines for kit; etc.
Individuals can apply for a grant on behalf of their
club, as long as they are recognised by their national
FA, and have at least one team at or below junior (U18)
level. Applicants must be over 18 and involved
with the club at some level, such as a coach, volunteer
There are three application rounds during 2012 and the
next deadline for applications is the 30th June 2012.
Disadvantaged young people under the age of 18 who do
not have the financial means to participate in sport can
apply for financial support from the Dickie Bird
Foundation. The foundation aims to help disadvantaged
young people to participate to the best of their ability
in the sport of their choice irrespective of their
social circumstances, culture or ethnicity. The
Foundation grants can help with the cost of clothing and
equipment and make a small contribution towards travel
expenses within the UK. The Foundation will only accept
applications from individuals not organisations.
Applications can be submitted at any time and will be
considered at Trustees meeting in February, April, June,
August, October and December.
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.