Community Action Fareham can:

  • organise fundraising training courses with Community Action Training
  • run a funder search using our subscription to a funding database
  • loan books or provide Fact Sheets on various aspects of funding
  • provide information about street trading and supermarket collections

Funding Fact Sheets 

Please click here to view fact sheet for National Lottery Awards for All 2017 - Word version, PDF version.

Fundraising and your group's purpose

Voluntary and community groups are set up for public benefit, which may include improving the lives of a specific group or dealing with specific issues.  When thinking of fundraising, you should consider: 

  • what   the group wants to achieve
  • why     the group wants to achieve it
  • who     will benefit
  • when   this benefit will happen
  • where  this benefit will happen
  • how     the plan will be actioned

The group should also consider how it will:

  • demonstrate that it has achieved what it set out to achieve
  • measure success

What evidence should the group be gathering?

You should link indicators of any changes and improvement needs to the group's objectives and the Outcomes that will result from the group's project. Being clear about the Outcomes and the Outputs helps a group to set up recording systems to help gather useful information, and review and plan future activities.

Outputs are the activities that the group undertakes eg the number of training or coaching sessions delivered.

Outcomes  are the benefits that happen as a result of the activities eg what people have achieved as a result of being trained and the difference it has made.

For more information see www.ces-vol.org.uk 

What about after the current money has been spent?

Trusts or public funding bodies like to know about the group's longer term plans:

  • How will the project be self-sustainable? 
  • Is the group's project a one-off (not to be repeated)?
  • Will the group be applying to other sources for money/how sure is the group that it will get other funding?

Visit The Charities Information Bureau www.fit4funding.org.uk for more information.

Donations, Grants, Contracts and Service Agreements

Donations - money provided informally and voluntarily.

Grants - normally involve more formality, which may include an application process, a project report and possibly use of the funder's logo on publicity and in annual reports. This is the most usual approach for community funding.

Contracts - involve formal agreements between an organisation and a contracting body to provide a specific service for a specific period of time. The agreement usually has a detailed specification saying how the service will be delivered. Organisations normally only take on a contract if it relates to their specific field of work and if it adds to their current activities. Bidding for contracts requires responding to tendering advertisements.

Service Agreements - are similar to contracts but are usually based on shared visions and collaboration between the funder and the provider.

Grant-making Trusts and Foundations 

Community Action Fareham has access to about 8,800 grant-making trusts and foundations in the UK. Grant-making trusts have a greater degree of independence than almost any other sector or funder. They are extremely diverse, not only in the scale and number of grants made and the type of trust, but in their age, style of grant-making and in the areas they support. A small but growing number of trusts are seeking additional ways to support for example by offering loans or  advice on issues such as governance or other aspects of successfully running a charity.

Association of Charitable Foundations provides a list of trusts, fact sheets and other publications http://www.acf.org.uk/

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