Councils for Voluntary Service: services offered by CVS’s can vary significantly, however they can offer free advice on funding applications, fundraising, and where to go for grants.
Fundraising consultants: but many bodies will not accept applications prepared by consultants, preferring the bid to be from the community or organisation planning the project.
Your local library will have more information about fundraising, whether by running local events or contacting charitable trusts, they usually stock books such as the Directory of Grant Making Trusts and fundraising guides.
You may find the following books useful:
Published annually by the Charities Aid Foundation
The Directory contains detailed information on hundreds of trusts, along with advice on how to make a good application.
By Anne Villemuir
Publisher: Charities Aid Foundation, 1996
By Nina Botting and Michael Norton
Publisher: Directory of Social Change, 2001
By Maggie Durran
Canterbury Press ISBN 1-85311-516-9
By Maggie Durran
Canterbury Press ISBN 1-85311-695-5
By Sarah Passingham
Publisher: Directory of Social Change, 1994
Last updated 20th March 2015
Please note that fund givers often want to see that necessary permissions (faculty, planning, listed building consent) are in place, or have been applied for, before making a grant. It is important to make sure that your applications for the various permissions take place before or in parallel with the search for funds. There’s nothing worse than gaining funding and not being able to spend it because you still need to get permission.
The availability of grants is always changing - new schemes are added, some only run for a limited time, some bodies re-evaluate their aims and change their funding criteria. This list will be updated on a fairly regular basis as and when funding information changes and the updated version is always available both on the diocesan website and from the Church Buildings office. It is therefore wise to check that you have the most up-to-date list when approaching funders – the date it was last updated will always be given at the top.