What Funding Central users say

Why we subscribed

“Because as sole fundraiser, part time, I never have enough time to do everything I want to. 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 Fellowship

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

"Because you offer opportunities for people to access the financial resources they need to make their communities more resilient and make the world a better place. Your information appears to be objective, bias-free and above all else open to all those who have a passion for helping to improve society."
Anthony Felstead, Golden Cap

"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 subscribed because it's a fantastic way to keep abreast of funding opportunities

Sharing funding success

"We’ve been successful with five applications, unsuccessful in about the same number, but we’ve learnt about upcoming opportunities, got a sense for the landscape and an understanding of the needs of local organisations and priorities of grants and foundations."
Katy Atkinson, The Reporters' Academy

More from Katy on tips for funding success

“We secured a grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation for £5,000 to complete our Driftwood Project at Lyme Regis Baptist Church. Changing a rather boring hall into a modern café with a fantastic curved ‘driftwood’ coffee bar that serves the local community by providing a creative and engaging space.”
Lyme Regis Baptist Church

"Funding Central helped us find funding from The Ernest Cook Trust, The Philip Bates Trust and the Skinners’ Company Lady Neville Charity. Along with funding from Coventry City Council we received £5090 in grants. I think that the fact that we fundraised helped us be more aware of needs and helped us change our way of thinking. "
Katherine Owen, Heart of England Co-operative Concert Orchestra

More from Katherine on how searching for funding helped reach new audiences

“We work with local schools and community groups to run gardening and food education classes. A £1000 grant from Green People was put towards a polytunnel so we can run workshops whatever the weather and be more self sufficient and grow all our own food from seed.”
Christina Wheatley, Edible Rotherhithe

“The grant I found helped us to set up self help groups, giving people with mental health issues continuing support for beyond our sets of workshops. Funding Central is my weekly lifeline to potential sources of income, without it, we'd be much further behind in terms of development.”
Greg Harman, Second Thoughts East Yorkshire

More from Greg on how extra funding helped expand their services

“We’re using a mix of grants and community shares, with match funding, to set up the Bythams Community Shop Project - a shop and cafe and help tackle rural isolation in the our community. A project like this takes time, our Bright Ideas Fund grant helped us consult and communicate better with our community and transform interest into over 120 community share backers.”
Peter Hinton, Bythams Community Shop Project

More from Peter on using a mix of funding

"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, which is partially trying to raise funds for the charity that I work for. 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 have found much greater success by thoroughly researching the potential funder in terms of their guidelines, amounts granted, deadlines and also looking at their accounts on the Charity Commission website."
Stephen Robinson, No Way Trust

More from Stephen on being specific about the funders that you target

"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.

Funding Central is a great resource and without it, many organisations would certainly not survive."
Tom Hickson, Director of Strategy, UK Dodgeball Association

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Supporting groups to secure funding

"Funding Central is the best funding search engine around – as a Funding Advisor for local groups I have used the search function a lot and have always directed groups to sign up to email alerts and to use the resources available.

The funding environment has changed a lot over the 6 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, Senior Community Development and Volunteering Officer, 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, and training. It's is updated regularly which is great and is very accessible and easy to use."
Leanne Hawley Director The Apostolic Church Liverpool which also runs the Maggie O'Neill Community Resource Center

"I've found Funding Central really helpful to my role as Sustainability Officer working with local groups across the country. The newsletter comes in every week with the latest funding opportunities and acts a great a reminder. It’s fantastic I don’t have much time and the first paragraph tells me the essential information about that fund. I can just scroll through the funds featured and read more about the relevant ones on the website.

We’d definitely miss Funding Central if it wasn’t there. It’s the only site I’ve found that covers the whole of England in detail. Just having the infrastructure of Funding Central there is so useful knowing that you can go into the site quickly search by location and find the information of funds consistent, accessible and easy to navigate through. We recommend it highly to the groups that we work with."
Ruth Miles, Sustainability Officer, National Association of Child Contact Centres, NACCC

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Free support for smaller organisations

"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

"Using Funding Central has been a lifesaver, pointing me in the right direction for what pots of funding are available. The funding we found from London Community Foundation has enable us to grow and support more people - from running support classes for children to adult workshops."
Helen Bigham, Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association

"We are a small charity (I'm the only full-time worker). When you are project managing multiple services and have to find the funding to run them, it takes a lot of time and hard work. Having regular e-mails from Funding Central makes an enormous difference. Instead of having to troll through every funder individually: finding someone who fits our services, discovering the deadlines, etc. etc., I can just whizz down your lists knowing that most of the hard work has been done for me."
Karen Urwin, Community Regeneration Worker for PRODH

"Time saving when we are a small charity and capacity is an issue - thank you!"
Jacqui Selby, Early Break

“Funding Central helped us find new funding that we didn't know was available. It saved us hours searching. Our service users are living a more fulfilled, improved quality life which as reduced isolation, loneliness and saved lives. Thank you.”
Leisa Burniston, Next Steps Mental Health Resource Centre

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How funders are using the site


"Without having had our fund advertised for us on Funding Central, we’d never have experienced this level of need.” Lucy-Jayne Cummings, Grants Administrator, LandAid

LandAid Charitable Trust leverages property industry experience and resources from over 50 corporate supporters to help socially or economically disadvantaged young people in the UK.

When one of LandAid’s grant opportunities was featured on Funding Central applications jumped six-fold. This sudden surge led LandAid to clarify and better communicate its funding criteria and develop an efficient online application process to help reduce the administrative burden.

By reviewing their application guidance and processes LandAid told us they are now much further ahead with marketing and PR activities than it would be otherwise and had added benefit of more property companies coming forward to support the fund. A higher profile has also meant that LandAid has been able to reach a larger audience, and this has resulted in the Trust funding some great new organisations and projects which it wouldn’t otherwise have been aware of.