Our impact

We regularly review and evaluate how Funding Central is working and how we're benefiting the voluntary sector.

In June 2016, after our funding from the Cabinet Office ended, we began our journey to diversify our income and become sustainable.  We want to share how we got on and what our users think of Funding Central.

Our year

In our first year of subscriptions nearly 15,000 organisations subscribed - both paid and free.

  • That’s around 19,000 users
  • Using our funding search over 100,000 times
  • And our weekly funding newsletter emails has been been opened nearly 800,000 times.  That’s around 15,000 times every week.

Our users say we save them time searching for funds

  • Respondents in our user survey said on average we saved them over four hours each week
  • Over 2/3 said they applied for funding found through Funding Central
  • Of those 64% said this funding helped their organisation become more sustainable.

Our impact 2009-2016

  • Between 2009 and 2016 over 95,000 people registered on Funding Central
  • Our users said we saved them on average over three hours saved a week
  • 89% of our users said Funding Central alerted them to new funds
  • 85% of our users rate our tailored weekly newsletter as good or very good.

What Funding Central users say

"The descriptions of funding opportunities are thorough, yet easily digestible. Everything we need to know about a fund / grant is presented in the newsletter, just by following the links."
Ben Vallance, The Renewal Trust

"Funding Central is our sector's 'go to' source for funding, grants and industry info"
Katy Atkinson, The Reporters' Academy

"A weekly scoop of funding opportunities into my inbox"
Sam Meikle, Spark the Difference

"Saving you hours searching.New funding that we didn't know was available"

Leisa Burniston, Next Steps Mental Health Resource Centre

"The snippets of really useful information that pop into my inbox but never bamboozle me. It's just right. As a charity CEO, based in the South West, it means a lot to me, I feel included, valued and informed."
Tracey West, The Word Forest Organisation

Why I subscribed ...

“Because as sole fundraiser, part time, I never have enough time to do everything I want to and your really useful newsletters save me so much time with ideas for further research, tips for other sources of funding, useful links.

Setting and saving a personal profile means the information is tailored, which saves trawling through lists of irrelevant links, as happens with other sites. Thank you.”
Dr. Clare Jefferis, Fundraising Manager, Lee Abbey

"Your newsletter is the best roundup of funding available."
Rashpal Rai Chief Executive and founder Wellbeing Works CIC

"Funding Central is the best funding search engine around...The funding environment has changed a lot over the six years .. We now have to do much more searching for eligible grants which makes funding central invaluable - The alert emails are really handy for flagging up funds which may have been missed!"
Ruth Copleston, Lincolnshire CVS

"We would and have recommended Funding Central to others. We tell them that it is extremely useful and easy to use service that will save them time and (usually already stretched) resources. Funding Central is extremely good in the fact that you can visit one site and find everything. News, funds, funders,contracts and training. It's is updated regularly which is great and is very accessible and easy to use."

Funding secured

"As an Executive Advisor for the No Way Trust I use Funding Central to alert me to funders that I may have never heard of and then to look at their funding guidelines. It is really useful to have the links to websites and funding applications all in one place and makes my job easier. The weekly newsletter is a great reminder of deadlines for specific funders.

Last year we have found funding through Funding Central from five different funders, raising a total of £16,500.

This funding has been core to the services that we provide. It has helped us to work with more young people, in different geographical locations across the UK, as well as to continue to employ an ex-offender to help with our work.

I would recommend Funding Central to anyone, as it is an excellent online resource for anyone looking for funds."
Stephen Robinson, No Way Trust

"I spotted this opportunity in my tailored, weekly email from Funding Central – we applied and were successful. This grant will allow us to cover administration costs, get the network up and running and hold meetings in the first year."
Lindy Booth Cascade Training Plus, South West

"Funding Central has played a key role in helping the UKDBA to identify the local pots of funding which has in turn influenced our delivery within a very positive way.

Funding Central is an excellent resource, because it identifies hundreds of funding organisations, commissions and contracts within seconds. This saves a huge amount of time searching through various websites.

We were successful in securing local housing and local authority funds to build up the grassroots side of Dodgeball, which has proven to be pivotal particularly within areas such as Greater Manchester."
Tom Hickson, Director of Strategy, UK Dodgeball Association

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