We’ve rounded up a selection of useful pieces of advice and sources of information around putting together funding applications.  None of these are actual places to get money from, but more support and help with filling out forms, (with thanks to GRIN for telling us about the first three.)


Friends with money – guide from JustGiving

JustGiving‘s free to download publication “Friends with Money” is designed to help charities and social enterprises, of all sizes, budgets, and remits, think more broadly about fundraising on social media.

The guide is intended to assist organisations identify new prospects on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube,  cultivate them, turn them into donors, and acknowledge them in such a way to ensure that they become regular supporters.

The guide includes case studies, useful interviews and free resources to inspire and provide examples of best practice.

Friends with Money” can be accessed via the JustGiving website.


Impact Measurement

GRIN recently co-hosted an event in Exeter around measuring the impact of your organisation, which is something that funders are keen to know about, whether you’re applying for money, or telling them what you did with the money they gave you. Organisers Clarity CIC reported back:

The main ‘take outs’ from the session were:

  • Thinking about whose outcomes you are measuring – for example if you are running groups to raise awareness about benefits, you may be measuring outcomes around benefits uptake for your funder but find that the main outcome for participants is feeling less isolated.
  • Valuing outcomes – asking participants how valuable outcomes are to them and then weighting them accordingly.  So, in the previous example, feeling less isolated could have a higher weighting.
  • Doing anything to measure outcomes is better than doing nothing – it doesn’t have to be perfect, and
  • Measuring impact is a journey – and needs to be taken one step at a time, to be proportionate to the size of your organization and its resources, and appropriate for your clients.

For the organisers, the event highlighted the interest from local organisations in learning more about impact measurement – and in learning from each other.  They are, therefore planning to arrange another network event in September focusing on impact measurement.  If you would be interested, do drop them a message at info@claritycic.org.uk to tell them what you’d like to see at the event.

They have also set up a new Facebook group as an initial way to share resources, experiences and to ask questions.  Clarity will be moderating this group, and highlighting relevant good practice and ideas within it.

Garfield Weston Foundation report on grant allocations

The Garfield Weston Foundation gave away £11m as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, and has just published a report into how they chose which charities to give it to – out of 2,300 applications, worth £192m, that were received! The report explores the areas and amount of funding across different regions in the UK as well as the views of both grantees and those who were unsuccessful.

All successful applicants shares certain features – which would be useful pointers for anyone applying for grants:

  • A demonstrable impact on the local community,
  • Appropriate costs in relation to the benefit,
  • Sensible business plans that could absorb additional revenue costs, and
  • Clear leadership.

GRIN has a summary of the report on their website and links to the full version, which might be interesting if you applied.


Population report from Office for National Statistics

If you are putting together a funding application, you would do well to know the size of the population who could benefit from the services or project you are trying to fund.

The Office for National Statistics has produced its most recent spreadsheet giving population estimates for the UK, broken down by area, age and gender, as well as components of population change such as births and deaths.

You can download the full report on the ONS website.

There is also  a new report from them around population aging, which might be useful if your target is older people.