Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) organisations are often looking for different ways to obtain funding and income. There are a vast range of different funds available to groups with each funder setting out their own criteria for a successful bid. This can mean accessing much needed funds can be difficult. There are, though, a range of resources available to help you decide what funding is right for your organisation and information on how to submit a successful funding bid.
National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) - Top Tips for Obtaining Funding
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is an organisation which champions and supports the voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) across the United Kingdom.
The ‘know how non profit’ funding and income section of the NCVO website is a valuable resource for any group or organisation looking to obtain funding. The web pages provide a wealth of information on funding including: different types of funding, tips on how to write a funding bid, the key challenges in obtaining funding and information about what funders are looking for from fund seeking organisations.
Funding Central - An Online Database of Funding Opportunities
The Funding Central website, run by NVCO, provides comprehensive lists for funding and finance opportunities for VCF groups across the United Kingdom. To use Funding Central you need to subscribe. Its free for organisations with an annual income under £100,000 and then there is a charge. Subscription allows access to the full listings of funding and finance options, access to a weekly newsletter with funding updates and a user profile to save your funding searches.
Surrey County Council - Members' Community Allocation
Each county councillor has £5,000 funding for 2018/19 to help residents, voluntary and community organisations deliver activities that benefit local people in their neighbourhoods. This funding is known as Members' Community Allocation.
Members' Community Allocation funding can be used for one-off activities that cost just a few pounds, alternatively it can contribute to projects that cost much more. The funding is flexibly designed to help with costs that can range from purchasing sports equipment for local clubs, to the creation of websites to reach more residents.
The links below can be used to find more information about member allocations in your area, as well as providing the contact details of all the Surrey County Council members.
- Epsom and Ewell
- Mole Valley
- Reigate and Banstead
- Surrey County Council
- Surrey Heath
Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) - Face to Face Funding Support
Your local CVS is able to provide free advice and guidance to groups looking to obtain funding. Each CVS can also provide comprehensive support and advice with funding applications. The local CVS's in Surrey also have access to the Grantfinder Software. This software contains a comprehensive database of potential funders including the UK Government, European Union and the National Lottery. Find your local CVS here - https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/voluntary-community-and-faith-sector-vcfs/councils-for-voluntary-service-in-surrey