Funding and financial sustainability are a priority for all voluntary and community organisations regardless of whether you are just starting out or have been going for a number of years. To make sure you can continue to serve your beneficiaries you need to plan how you will fund your activities and keep on funding them into the future.

Generating income can include a range of sources from donations, applying for grants, online and community fundraising or crowdfunding, to starting to trade or delivering services under contract. But where do you start?

Having a range of funding sources means that your organisation is likely to be more resilient. A funding strategy can help you identify the different sources of funding which are appropriate for your organisation and your stage of development: download our guide to start creating your own Fundraising Strategy.

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Fundraising is a necessary part of being a charity or not-for-profit group, but there is legislation and regulations which boards must be aware of and comply with. To find out more about this visit our Governance in Fundraising section.

For more details on different types of income generation see the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and Knowhow Nonprofit sites or watch the fundraising webinars from the FSI.

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One great way of finding funding suitable for you is via the free online service, Bucks Funding SearchBucks Funding Search is a searchable database of funding opportunities. It is easy to use, allows you to tailor your searches, is regularly updated and allows you sign up for email updates direct to your inbox.

Bucks Funding Search is provided by Community Impact Bucks in partnership with Action for Youth, Bucks Business First, Buckinghamshire Council, The Clare Foundation, Heart of Bucks, and LEAP.
Funded by Bucks Council

Case Studies

The Rape and Sexual Advice Support Service (South Buckinghamshire)

The charity provide free, confidential support and information service to female survivors of rape, sexual assault, domestic abuse, honour-based violence and FGM.

Ashley Green Children’s Adventure Playground, Terrace and Coffee Shop

Ashley Green lacked a outdoor community hub that could cater for all its residents and was in need of a facility to allow the community to meet and overcome social isolation.


BucksVision is a local charity that provides support and services to blind and partially sighted people in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes