Funding Advice 2018-03-27T10:19:50+00:00

Funding Advice

If your community group is looking for or applying for funding, our team can provide information on a range of different funding streams and can offer support and expert advice on submitting the best possible application.

We can provide support and advice with:

  • Getting your project ‘fit to fund’
  • Evidencing need and community consultation
  • Finding the most appropriate funder for your project
  • Support and advice with completing application forms
  • Fundraising without grants
  • Training days and workshops to hone your fundraising skills

For further information advice please contact Jayne Robinson at jrobinson@hull-cvs.co.uk or call 01482 595543.

Funding Websites

Below are a list of websites of some of the most popular funding sources to voluntary and community groups.

National Funds

National Lottery funding pots are some of the most popular methods of funding. Funding from the Lottery is distributed as follows:

 The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) aims to bring real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. BLF gives grants to organisations ranging from small local groups to major national charities.

Awards for All is the BLF small grants scheme of between £300 and £10,000.

Reaching Communities –BLF grants from £10,000 to £500,000.

Sport England runs funding programmes open to a wide range of organisations. These include sports clubs, voluntary or community organisations, local authorities, schools, colleges and universities. The funding programmes cover small grants through to specialist funds.

The Arts Council provides funding for organisations, artists, events, and other initiatives that meet their mission of great art and culture for everyone.

The Heritage Lottery Fund gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage. It has a range of large and small funding programmes

BBC Children in Need – Provides both main grants and small grants to organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and under. Both grants programmes provide funding for up to three years.

Comic Relief run a series of small and large grants programmes. Priority areas for funding change relatively frequently and it is advisable to regularly visit their website to be kept up to date on the activity they are currently funding.

Trusts and Foundations

These are just a few of the thousands of charitable trusts and foundations that give grants to groups.

Church and Community Fund – The Fund gives grants to community projects run by parish churches, deaneries, dioceses and other bodies connected to or working in partnership with the Church of England

Clothworkers’ Foundation – Funds one-off grants for capital costs for charities with an annual turnover of under £10m. Applications to its main and small grants programme must cover either  encouragement of young people; social inclusion; elderly; disability; visual impairment; textiles.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – Main interests are in the cultural life of the UK, education and learning, the natural environment, and enabling disadvantaged people to participate more fully in society.

Foyle Foundation – Operates a main grants scheme supporting charities whose core work covers arts and learning and a small grants scheme covering small charities in all fields.

Henry Smith Charity – Small and special grants to organisations and charities for projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage.

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Focus is on supporting small and medium underfunded charities that can make a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged people.

Tudor Trust – Supports work which addresses the social, emotional and financial needs of people at the margins of our society, and are particularly interested in helping smaller, under-resourced organisations which offer direct services.

Other Useful Websites for Further Help and Information

Hull 4 Funding is a free online hub of grants, contracts and funding opportunities from local, regional and national sources. Provided by Hull City Council, it allows you to search and identify up to date funding for your project and is available to voluntary and community groups in Hull.

Funding Central – Free for organisations with an annual income below £100,000. The website provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus tools and resources to support organisations to develop sustainable income strategies.

The Institute of Fundraising – The professional membership body for UK fundraising, providing support for fundraisers through leadership and representation; best practice and compliance; education and networking.

Funding News

Co-op Foundation’s #iwill fund

Opportunity for organisations in your area working with young people aged 10-20 to apply for funding from the Co-op Foundation’s #iwill fund. Applications for the fund are now open, and will close on the

The Women First Innovation Fund

Women’s groups based in the North of England are invited to apply for seed funding to trial and test new ideas and imaginative approaches to support women along the employability pathway.

Jayne Robinson
Jayne RobinsonHead Of Member Services

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