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What is Funding Central?

Searching for funding for your voluntary organisation or social enterprise?

Funding Central provides unique access to thousands of grants, contracts and loan finance opportunities from local, national and international funding sources, all in one place, through one search.

“Funding Central picks out opportunities that other funding searches don’t”

Save time and money. With Funding Central you can

  • Search our database to identify opportunities that match your project
  • Receive new funding opportunities tailored to your needs direct to your inbox each week, plus all the latest updates, news and deadlines
  • Access practical guides and online tools to support your funding strategy.

Set up your subscription

You need a subscription to use Funding Central, subscription is...

  • Free for small organisations
  • Just £100+VAT for organisations with an annual income over £100,000.

All our subscriptions last for one year and can be renewed from two weeks before their finish date.

Explore Funding Central

See how it all works... watch our short video.

Who is Funding Central for?

Due to the scope of our work Funding Central only lists funding for voluntary and community organisations based in England. We do not list funding for individuals.

To use Funding Central you need to subscribe

Free for organisations with an annual income under £100,000

£100+VAT for organisations with an annual income over £100,000

All organisational subscriptions includes unlimited logins - so anyone from your organisation can create their own account to use Funding Central.

I don’t belong to an organisation

£50 plus VAT for anyone not working for a voluntary organisation or social enterprise - such as a freelancer or consultant. We do not list funding for individuals.

What do I get with my subscription?

Access to grants, contracts and social investment

Our database provides unique access to grants, contracts and social investment opportunities from local, national and international funding sources, all in one place.

Right now there’s over £3 billion of grants, £53 billion of contracts and over 70 social investment providers, all current, handpicked by our researchers to be right for our sector. We remove any jargon and highlight key information you need to know.

Intuitive funding searches

Funding Central offers two intuitive ways to search for funding opportunities

  • Our Guided Search supports anyone new to funding by offering advice and resources along the way
  • Our Advanced Search supports more experienced fundraisers to get straight in.

Tailored results

Each funding search produces a tailored list of results for you to explore.

Our funding listings are easy to read and updated regularly, highlighting key criteria, guidance documents, how to apply and contact details amongst other headings.

You can save funding schemes, funders and your funding searches to your profile or print out as reports.

“It would take hours to track down the information you provide”

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Personalised newsletter of new funds

Our weekly newsletter sends tailored alerts straight to your inbox updating you on new schemes, upcoming deadlines and the all latest funding news and events.

“The funds relevant to my work pop into my inbox every week”

“Your newsletter is the best roundup of funding available”

Unlimited logins

All our organisational subscriptions includes unlimited logins. Allowing anyone from your organisation to create their own account to use Funding Central.

Latest funding news

You can also keep up to date with all the latest funding news, funding updates, deadline and events on our noticeboard.

Funding advice

There’s also practical tools and resources from NCVO and other funding experts to support you in developing your sustainable funding strategy.

“It has a wealth of information about available funding and all things fundraising related”

A place to promote your events

We list funding related events and training on our website and weekly newsletter. You can share your funding events with our users.

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What our users say

In our last survey our users told us:

  • On average we save them over four hours each week
  • Over 2/3 had applied for funding found through Funding Central
  • Of those 64% said this funding helped their organisation become more sustainable.

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Who runs Funding Central

NCVO developed and runs Funding Central to help support organisation secure funding and explore sustainable income strategies.

Find out more about NCVO

Support from trusts and foundations

We’ve built up relationships with trusts and foundations who recognise Funding Central’s key role for the voluntary sector. Since June 2016 we've secured funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Fidelity, CHK Charities Limited and the Lloyds Bank Foundation.

This funding enables us to keep Funding Central free for thousands of small organisations to use.