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Where can you start looking for new funders for free?

Most of the organisations I work with are quite small and rely on free resources.I am often asked where I look for funders - here they are in a blog!

Most of the organisations I work with are quite small and rely on free resources.

I am often asked where I look for funders – here they are in a blog!

In this article you can read about

  • 9 Free resources
  • Join a Facebook group
  • Charity Registers

Free resources

  1. ACF Foundation Giving Trends produces an annual publication reviewing top 300 grant makers
  2. Charity Excellence Framework FREE Funder Database – register and use it for free!
  3. 360 Degree Giving lists grant giving data from 242 funders. Find out who they are funding to do what and what the levels of support are
  4. Livery Companies Database – there are 110 livery companies, comprising London’s ancient and modern trade associations and guilds. Most have a charitable arm and not all just fund the trade they are the association of
  5. Directory of Social Change (DSC) has a paid subscription service called Funds Online – but did you know you can access the printed directories for FREE in the library?
  6. Grants Online There are various Subscription options but there is also a FREE Newsletter
  7. Competitors websites and accounts – who is funding similar organisations to you? Look at other organisations working with similar groups of people or other local groups.
  8. 101 Ways to Grow Your Prospect List by Alicia Granger – if my list is not enough check this list of 101 other places to look at 
  9. Your local council – many local councils have a funding officer or external funding team who may be able to help you with database searches. If you need the East Sussex or Brighton & Hove contacts (where I am based) let me know!

Join a Facebook group

I am in a number of Facebook groups where people share knowledge and information so get yourself into these groups!

  • Fundraising Chat HERE
  • Trust Fundraising Hub HERE
  • Sussex Fundraisers Group HERE
  • Fundraisers in Kent HERE

Charity Registers

Charity Commission England and Wales LINK

Use for searching and researching!

It is searchable: Not everyone realises that you can search the register of charities in England and Wales. Searchable areas include

  • Classifications – Art, General Charity, Disability etc
  • Who the charity helps – Children, Older people, People with disabilities etc
  • How the charity helps – ‘Makes Grants to Organisations’
  • Geographical boxes

You can Download when under 10,000 records

You can research – find out more about the trusts and foundations that you want to apply to.

I mainly use the England and Wales register but you may also need to look at

  • Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR HERE
  • The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland HERE 

And what next?

Once you have found the funders you want to apply to make sure you get that application right! Check out my ‘7 ways to improve your funding applications you can start right now’ article on my website here