Fundraising is essential for all voluntary and community sector organisations. Successful fundraising is dependant on the knowledge and experience of those applying for funding. Please see our Resources Library for useful downloads. Also see Useful Links section for other organisations that can support writing funding applications.
PAHF can deliver training and one-to-one support and advice for members around fundraising. Please see our Training Programmes for details of current fundraising training, or contact us in the office.
Fundraising is successful when organisations / groups have a clear idea of what their aims and objectives are, what they wish to achieve and how they intend to use any money spent, as well as clear methods for evaluating the effectiveness of grants awarded and monitoring expenditure.
Funders are looking for evidence to support funding applications, and gathering local evidence that illustrate why your project is needed, is essential.
Funding News - CaVSA issues Funding News a bi-monthly bulletin, which tells you about available funding from all sources. It gives you funding information relevant to voluntary, and community groups in the borough. It is available free to Hammersmith & Fulham groups andthere is also a mailing list you can subscribe to. If you wish to receive it contact CaVSA on 020 8748 6345 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PAHF also has several funder’s directories within our office resources library that local organsiations are welcome to use. Please contact us if you would like to access them.
You can also visit CAVSA our local voluntary sector resources agency, for support with fundraising.
Association of Charitable Foundations
The UK's national membership/support organisation for grant-making trusts and foundations of all types.
Charities Aid Foundation
Information on tax-effective giving on the internet
Search engine that can be personailsed to your charity or event, and then the charity gets 1p every time you do a search through the site
Access to grants for the voluntary and community sector from the DfES, the DoH, the Home Office and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Free funding help and information
Access to information on grant funding opportunities from the European Union, UK Government, the lottery, regional grant making bodies and grant making trusts.
Institute of Fundraising
The professional body representing all fundraisers.
An online fundraising information resource for charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, local authorities, social enterprises - subscription only service.
Home Office Open4Community – for Hammersmith and Fulham Area
Open4Community is a funding and support website for voluntary and community organisations. This portal provides you with comprehensive coverage of government, lottery, EU, non government and charitable trust funding opportunities in your area. The funding portal gives access to:
- 60 second funding search or category browse for easy and quick access
- 24 hour update for comprehensive funding information
- Full scheme & contact details linking you directly to funding providers
- Local information, support and contact details to help your organisation meet it's potential
- National news bulletins on changes to funding schemes
- The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
It is possible to search for suitable grants for your organisation and download application forms and guidelines. Users can also register to receive grant updates by email.
Popular Funders for Children’s Projects
Children In Need
Their mission is to positively change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Their vision is a society where each and every child and young person is supported to realise their potential. Funding Rounds yearly in November and March.
Awards For All
Awards for All England is supported by the Arts Council England, the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England. They award grants of between £300 and £10,000 for people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community. You can apply at any time, the application form is short and simple, you will be told if you are successful or not within eight weeks
Comic Relief – The Big One
This is Comic Relief’s biggest grants fund. It awards some of the money raised from Red Nose Day. During 2005-08 they are concentrating their funding on 6 programme areas, Young people, Older People, Mental Health, Refugees & Asylum Seekers, Domestic Violence, Disadvantaged Communities. For grants under £5000 there is no deadline.
Comic Relief - Sport Relief
In the UK, money raised through Sport Relief 2006 is currently being distributed in two ways: The Community Foundation Network is distributing Sport Relief grants to projects that use sport to build the confidence and self esteem of people who are having major problems in their lives. Other projects will give people who would otherwise miss out, the chance to take part in sport.
UnLtd is distributing Sport Relief grants to young people who use sport to bring people together in their local area to enhance community relations and reduce conflict where they live.
The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust which supports organisations working across the UK. They do not focus their funding on specific themes or programmes. Instead they want to fund a wide range of people and organisations working to achieve lasting change in their communities. Tudor aims to support work which addresses the social, emotional and financial needs of people at the margins of our society. They are interested in how organisations tackle these needs, and their root causes.
Every year the Big Lottery Fund gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. Their money goes to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment. There are a range of funds and new ones which open regularly.
City Bridge Trust
The City Bridge Trust aims to address disadvantage by supporting charitable activity across Greater London through quality grant-making and related activities within clearly defined priorities. They try to add value to our grant-making through a number of proactive initiatives. They work collaboratively with London’s Voluntary and Community Sectors identifying new areas of need and new solutions. The Trust makes grants to charitable organisations for the benefit of the inhabitants of Greater London - 32 London boroughs and the City of London. Applications may be submitted at any time and we aim to make a decision within four months of receipt. All decisions made by the Trustees are final.
It is now among the largest and most influential London charitable foundations. It focuses on projects and programmes that benefit 11-25 year olds. The main area of operation is the London boroughs and Essex, where it currently operates in 1600 secondary schools and youth clubs. There are smaller programmes elsewhere.
Help a London Child
HALC aims to give opportunities to the Capital's children and young people who experience poverty and disadvantage; have/are experiencing abuse, neglect, homelessness, violence or crime; or who have an illness or disability.
Every year the Lloyds TSB Foundation funds thousands of charities working to tackle disadvantage across England and Wales. Their focus is on supporting small and medium underfunded charities that can make a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged people by helping them to play a fuller role in the communities of their choice. Their strong local presence enables them to respond directly and promptly to local needs.
Abbey Charitable Trust
The Abbey Charitable Trust is committed to supporting local communities and disadvantaged people, particularly in those areas where Abbey has a significant presence. They fund projects based on the following three priorities, Education and training, Financial advice and Community regeneration.
They aim to improve the quality of life throughout the UK, by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. They take pride in supporting work that might otherwise be considered difficult to fund. Their primary interests are in the UK's cultural life, education, the natural environment and enabling people who are disadvantaged to participate more fully in society.
Supporting Young People up to £1,000 available –only registered charities eligible. They welcome applications from organisations working with young people aged 11 to 25. Applications will benefit by showing how a project supports this particular age group. They want to support projects that offer intensive support as well as those that promote preventative work, and specially those that are designed to lead to individual development through integration, work opportunities or accreditation.
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Funds the following project areas, Arts, Education, Social Change, Anglo-Portugese Cultural relations.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - As an independent grant making body, they fund organisations whose charitable activities help people to realise their potential and have a better quality of life
The Hedley Foundation - A charitable foundation which supports young people, the disabled and the terminally ill.
Football Foundation – Fund various football related initiatives.
Ragdoll Foundation - Fund interesting arts work with young children
Hilden Charitable Fund - Trust funder interested in playschemes. Organisations must have annual turnover under £150,000
Sport England – Lottery funder for sport
Arts Council – Lottery Funder for arts
The Clothworkers Company – awards small grants
Baring Foundation – funds organisational development