How can I quickly identify which funders are worth approaching?
There are many internet based sources of information on how to find funding for projects or help running an organisation. However they only provide a starting point for the whole process of actually identifying which funds to approach.
- Many trusts and other sources of funding have lists of what they will not fund which need to be carefully checked.·Some of the search categories are very broad and may produce inappropriate contacts.
- A large number of trusts and foundations simply say they fund “general” areas of work and it is only by checking their websites and other published information that you can get a real appreciation of whether they are worth approaching.
Even when you have identified possible funders some programmes do not give contact information and you will need to consult directories or guides to get a complete picture.
The whole process can be very frustrating and time consuming!
“I can unreservedly recommend the Funder Search Service. We stated the type of project we were trying to fund and received an extensive list of sources of funding that matched our criteria. Using the report we received an £18,000 grant from Abbey to fund the entire project. Funder Search Service saved us hours of trawling through charitable trust restrictions and enabled us to find our funding in a remarkably short time”
(Northamptonshire Association for the Blind)
……but we can help you to save time and avoid the frustration…
The Funder Search Service is a made to measure service for organisations that need to expand their funding base or finance particular projects. Trusts and Foundations, European, Government, Lottery and other sources of funding are all covered. On average we need to spend about 10 hours on each search enquiry to search thoroughly for possible sources, eliminate all the “non-runners” and provide you with the contact details you need before making an application. It will probably save you a great deal more than 10 hours of your own time! A fee of £250 is charged for each search.
“With the support we have received from the Search Service, we have saved time and we are able to direct our efforts to a targeted audience. As a small voluntary organisation this service has saved us an enormous amount of hours in trawling web sites and books. We shall be using the results of their search as part of our fundraising structure over the coming months”
(The Hope Project, Wellingborough)