Funding resources

Self Help Guides

We also have a wide range of resources and ‘how to guides’ available in our resource centre.

The Institute of Fundraising offers some useful videos that can help.  Look at these links for:

Introduction to fundraising

Fundraising Disciplines

Fundraising essentials and legislation

Fundraising Strategy 

Funding Search Sites

Bucks Funding Search - free online searchable database of funding opportunities with the option to sign up to email alerts.

Funding Central – a free resource funded by the Office for Civil Society. This service gives access to over 4,000 grants, contracts and loans.

Big Lottery Fund Webinars 

Are you thinking of applying to the Big Lottery Awards for All or Reaching Communities programmes…? The Big Lottery Fund run regular short (approximately 30 minutes) webinars to help applicants understand better what types of projects they will fund and how to put together a successful application.

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For more information visit

Feedback from attendees has shown the value of webinars and comments include:

“The webinar software is easy to use and the presentation itself gave relevant examples relating specifically to the application questions”
“Great explanation of outcomes and demonstrating need, I feel confident about applying for funding now”
“Incredibly useful information on types projects you fund, reject reasons and governance information to share with new groups"
“Informative, good length, easy to understand and good interaction, which answered all my questions quickly"

Social Investment

The term ‘social investment’ means ‘finance provided for VCSE organisations, which the investors expect to both get back and to create social impact.’   Social investment is not a grant or a donation. It is money provided to enable your organisation to generate more income or be more effective: growing your business, putting in place better systems, doing more social good, and repaying the investment in the process.

Social Investment Explained - is a guide from the Big Lottery Fund which aims to give you an overview of the UK’s social investment market and help you to work out whether and how it’s relevant to your organisation – it’s for anyone involved with a voluntary and community organisation or social enterprise (VCSE), be they a trustee, chief executive or member of staff.