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Please help me fundraising experts! Where might a charity look for grants etc?

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RubyRioja Wed 20-Aug-08 13:28:16

So far I can think of

Primary Care Trust (tis a health charity)
Lottery funding
Banks

Are there others? I'd love some examples to sound vaguely knowledgeable at my interview!

Many, many thanks

RubySlippers Wed 20-Aug-08 13:39:53

CAT me - i am a fundraisier and am happy to help you in any way i can

NotSoRampantRabbit Wed 20-Aug-08 13:42:32

Ooooh - I'm a fundraiser.

What job are you going for?

You want to talk about funding from statutory sources (usually via contract or tender), so that could be:

PCT
Children & Young People's Trust
Local Authority - eg Supporting People funding for supported housing, Area Investment Framework for regeneration/employment

Major Grant Funders
Big Lottery - go to their website, lots of different funding streams
European Social Fund - usually employment, regeneration money

Other Funders
Crikey there are hundreds, and it depends what area you are working in. For eg, if working with children, young people:
Llankelly Chase
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Children in Need
V (volunteering)

Go and look on the Directory of Social Change website - there will be news, and info that will make you sound all snappy and cutting edge.

If you tell me more about what you will be doing I can be more specific.

Good luck!

Bramshott Wed 20-Aug-08 13:48:35

Guidestar is a good website for searching through. Local funding sources are often easier to target than national.

RubySlippers Wed 20-Aug-08 13:51:29

just some initial thoughts:

Community Foundations - good for local funding

Try a website called FunderFinder

Private Trusts

There are some major grant givers such as The Grand Charity (one of the Masonic Chairites) but guidelines tend to change so woudl need to check

grants for individuals can be harder to find

Big Businesses often have Foundations: W H Smith, Vodafone etc

RubyRioja Wed 20-Aug-08 13:53:28

oh thankyou!

Thanks Ruby (us Rubies must stick together!), but I don't have CAT and tbh cannot spare the £5 right now - hence job hunt!

Charity is local health experts, and pretty small. Clients can be of any age.

Are grants usually secured through seductive proposals? Do charities generally apply selectively, or do they play a numbers game and apply to anythign they may be eligible for?

Am writing my super duper (!) presentation right now!

RubySlippers Wed 20-Aug-08 14:00:29

Small charity - i would approach fundraising in 2 ways

letter to local businesses to explain who you are and what you need doantions for

most grant makers have a set of criteria and a specific form to fill in

most meet quarterly or at least twice per year to consider proposals so you wouuld need to check that out

some dont' accept unsolicited appeals either

about every three months i whack out a load of general proposals (who we are, what we do and what we need the money for) and combine this with targeted proposals

apply to everything you are eligible for but don't try to bend yourself to fit into criteria that you don't really match as this is a waste of time and energy

also, local solicitors - they may well handle trusts for private clients who give money out

Use your Trustees - pick their brains and address books!

if your clients can be of any age this is good - lots of trusts are fairly general

look at the charity commission website for some ideas too

RubySlippers Wed 20-Aug-08 14:02:01

have a shopping list - v good for general proposals

so, £100 would buy x, £500 would provide y and so on

funders like specifics and dont' want to think their money is just slipping into a pot

RubySlippers Wed 20-Aug-08 14:02:02

have a shopping list - v good for general proposals

so, £100 would buy x, £500 would provide y and so on

funders like specifics and dont' want to think their money is just slipping into a pot

RubyRioja Wed 20-Aug-08 14:13:19

Thanks that is fantasticsmile
I soooo want this job

RubySlippers Wed 20-Aug-08 14:17:59

well - good luck smile

<<fingers crossed>>

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