Fundraising, Fundraisers and Funding
Find support and resources in your fundraising efforts.
Resources are essential for all community groups and voluntary organisations. They come in a number of different forms, including:
Fundraising is an ongoing concern for most and can present multiple challenges. If you’re starting on your fundraising journey, your first steps will involve:
- developing a clear idea of what you want to achieve with your project
- being certain that your project is needed
- knowing how much your project will cost
- creating a clear plan as to how you’re going to raise those costs
There are lots of resources that you can use to help you with your planning. If you are a community group, we recommend the Resource Centre website as an excellent starting point.
Where to look for funding
Free lists and resources
- The Resource Centre Favourite Funders lists
- The Resource Centre Funding News
- Community Works Newsletter (member organisations only)
- East Sussex County Council Funding News
- Grants Online Newsletter
- My Funding Central (free if your annual income us under £30,000)
- The Association of Charitable Foundations Giving Trends
- 360 Degree Giving
- The Charity Excellence Framework Funding Finder
Brighton and Hove specific
- GrantFinder via Brighton & Hove City Council
- Funds Online via Community Base (email email@example.com for access)
- Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Quarterly funding update
Adur and Worthing specific
- Grants Online via Adur and Worthing Councils
- Adur and Worthing Councils Grants and Funding web page
There are paid-for databases available as well, contact us if you would like this information.
Funders we currently work with
Visit our funders page, to see a list of funders we currently work with.
Peer Support for Fundraisers
There is a local group of fundraisers who meet regularly and share resources and support and two national networks we would also recommend (they are all currently Facebook Groups):
- Sussex Fundraisers Group – private group with 300 members
- Trust Fundraising Hub – private group with over 4000 members. For CEO’s of small charities or fundraisers or volunteers looking for support with grant fundraising
- The Lone Raisers – private group with 875 members. For people who are the only fundraiser, or are the only person to have fundraising within their responsibilities, in their organisation
- Fundraising Chat – private group with over 15,000 members. Specifically for fundraisers to talk to each other about fundraising issues, share views and best practice
Find data to support your applications:
- Sussex Uncovered data site – enables you to search local data across a series of themes, indicators and geography and run reports for particular areas around specific issues
- Arts Council England Engagement in Arts and Culture ‘dashboard’ – Dashboard showing adult engagement in arts and culture with data from the Active Lives Survey (2015-17) at different geographical levels
- West Sussex County Council Insight reports and data – access to interactive data and information in Adur and Worthing
- Community Insight Brighton and Hove – allows you to find, explore and use a wide range of facts and figures at different geographic levels for Brighton & Hove
Visit our page on Covid-19 specific funders.
Read a Funding Bid
Our read a funding bid service gives constructive critique on funding bids that are 90% bid ready. Your bid will benefit from a fresh and neutral pair of eyes. It will be read by one of our staff members who understand funder expectations and the key elements of a strong funding bid. We’ll give you written feedback on your bid which will highlight its strengths, any glaring mistakes or omissions, and provide top level suggestions for change that would improve the chances of success.
Our read a funding bid service requires bids to be given to us with a minimum of 15 working days before the bid’s submission deadline, to allow us enough time to read and comment on your bid.
Read the terms and conditions of this service.
“With the read a funding bid service it has been possible to improve our funding bid to the big lottery. It probably would not have been successful without this service.” Caroline Jurdon, Homeopathy in the Sussex Community
Meet the Funders
We periodically run meet the funders sessions, which offer the chance for you to meet directly with funders and ask your burning questions. Keep an eye on our news pages or on our newsletter for upcoming dates.
We have a number of training opportunities throughout the year in relation to fundraising. Keep an eye on our training page for upcoming dates.
“I do not know how to thank you all for your endless support and encouragement to pursue the bid and your time reading and making suggestions to enable us to succeed.’’ Sue Standing, Friends of Heene Cemetery
We can help you develop large bids through our charged-for consultancy service. We can also put you in contact with other organisations, with which you may want to achieve your fundraising goals in partnership with, through consortia or another approach.
“Community Works gave us much needed support to partnership bidding for local contracts. As a result of their help, we were able to secure key funding to enable us to continue an already established service.” Helen Jones, MindOut LGBTQ Mental Health Project
If you would like to speak to us about how we can help you with your fundraising, email the team firstname.lastname@example.org