If your group is looking for sources of funding for your activities here are some possibilities
Local Resources to Assist your Funding Search
Community & Voluntary Service (CVS )
CVS can help you with:
- Their innovative 'Fit for Funding' Training Sessions, that take you through all you need to know in a couple of hours
- You can book the use of their Funding Resource Room, where you have access to an array of Fundraising Books and the ability to do funding searches using Trust Funding (www.trustfunding.org.uk)
- One to one support through the funding advice process
- Advice on running fundraising events
- Training courses, workshops and leaflets to help you through the funding maze
- Help with completing applications forms
- A regular newsletter updating you on new funding developments
CVS also hold information on:
- Trusts and Foundations
- Lottery Funding
- European Funding
- Local Statutory Agencies
- National Government Funding
- A library of useful reference books
- FunderFinder software
Other Local Funders
Ampthill Town Council Grant Funding
Ampthill Town council has a small budget for community grant funding. Voluntary Organisations, Community Groups and Charities that are looking for funding for projects should contact the Town Clerk to request an application form. Contact details: Town Clerk: Dawn Sutherns. Address: Ampthill Town Council Offices, 66 Dunstable Street, Ampthill, Beds, MK45 2JS. Tel: 01525 404355. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waitrose in Ampthill is donating £1,000 a month to local good causes. Community projects in the town are set to benefit from £12,000 of funding this year thanks to a new initiative - Community Matters - which was launched on 19th August 2008.
Each month, Ampthill Waitrose Partners (i.e. employees) will choose three causes to benefit from a share of the supermarket's £1,000 regular donation.
Shoppers at the checkout will each be handed a green token which they can place into one of three labelled boxes at the store exit, allowing them to learn about and vote for the cause they would like to support. The more nominations a cause gets, the greater the share of the donation they will receive.
Shoppers can also join in supporting community projects by nominating causes that are important to them by simply filling in a Waitrose Community Matters leaflet at the welcome desk in the store. All types of causes such as senior citizen homes, local schools, voluntary groups, sports clubs and youth projects are poised to benefit from the scheme. Community Matters is a corporate and social responsibility initiative which will see all 190 Waitrose food shops across the UK donate money to local causes every month.
Funding Central was launched in June 2009 and is a new free smart website for all third sector organisations, including community groups, providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.
If you are completely or relatively new to fundraising, Funding Central provides a guided search enabling you to identify the most appropriate funding and finance opportunities that best suit you and the beneficiaries that you support. As an experienced fundraiser, you can drill down through thousands of opportunities to identify the most appropriate funding or finance for your organisation using the advanced search.
Funding Central is managed by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in partnership with j4b Software and Publishing and is funded by the Office of the Third Sector.