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How to apply for funding

This how-to summarises how you can apply for funding and signposts to relevant online resources.

Things you'll need

  • A plan for future proofing your work done during the funding years after funding has ended

Check that you are eligible to apply

Start with the basics. In Funding Central's very good short guide 10 questions to ask before applying there are some thoughts to help you start the process.


Use a fund finder

Once you're ready to look for funding there are many sources of help.

The National Lottery Community Fund website offers a fund finder tool to identify the most suitable funding programme for your project.

Search for grants and loans on Funding Central. It offers a guided search if you are relatively new to fundraising.


Consider different streams of funding and income

The world of funding can get a bit confusing but you can learn a bit more about the key topics like income sources on NCVO website. Find out how other did it by reading the case studies for sustainable income.


Prepare your application

There are lots of sources of help to ensure you get your application as good as it can be. Try KnowHow's free Write a winning funding bid online course and How to write an application to a charitable trust.

Further information

  • Funding Central  - the smart guide to over 4000 grants and loans, for the whole voluntary and community sector, including social enterprise.
  • National Lottery Community Fund - awards lottery money to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment.
  • Institute of Fundraising - useful ideas, advice and resources for charity fundraisers.
  • NCVO - The National Council for Voluntary Organisations offers advice and support on funding and finance with many online resources



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