A number of weeks ago, a conversation started between youth workers on twitter about finding funding to help support the work they do. I was able to share a few links to websites that I have used in the past, and I thought these links might be of use to others too.
As a caveat I’ve not used all of them myself, but I have had success with a couple. Take a look and share in the comments any other resources you’ve used to secure funding for your work.
- fundingcentral.org.uk – a very useful free service where you can create and save a profile, then search and filter results in a variety of ways. It also send you regular emails with updates on grants and funding, training, events and news.
- funderfinder.org.uk – a charity providing some free resources and a paid search facility (from £5.50 for 24 hours access)
- access-funds.co.uk – news, information and guides for funding, plus access to their directory. You get a free 7 day trial then a 12 month subscription for £50. I’ve not tried this one!
- The Directory of Social Changehave a family of useful websites. Although you have to pay for access to use them, the small cost would easily be worth it if you secured funding through its service:
- Open4fundingis a funding search portal hired by various councils around the UK. Where available, it’s a very useful tool for searching and filtering funding available in your area. I’ve not seen the list of which councils use this service, but it is certainly active for the following:
As additional advice for finding funding, I highly recommend going to ‘boring’ meetings and networking with other agencies and partners (as I mentioned here). There are often people with money in budgets to spend!