Charity funding is the lifeblood of most not for profit and voluntary sector organisations. As government contract and wider funding opportunities have been restrictive in the past few years, grant making trusts charitable giving have increased 20% over the same period. There are various reasons for this growth, however if any charity requires additional funding then diversifying into grant making trusts should be a priority.
Community funding opportunities are a very attractive proposition for any trust looking to support local voluntary sector groups as most trustees have “local” issues at heart. Most grant making trusts do not support national fundraising bodies as donations and grants given don’t make an impact that funding local charities would have.
Reasons to apply to a grant making trust
1. Trusts support charities and not for profit organisations. They are not interested in “targets”, “priorities” or “delivery”, only projects and what the organisation does. Don’t forget, Most trusts are also charities and not local authority departments.
2. Organisations seeking funding need only to either fill out a short grant application form or perhaps write a letter to secure support. 99% of these trusts would not seek meetings, accounts or additional information, providing you have included all the facts about your charity
3. Again, grant making trusts “donate” monies or give money as a grant to support you. These types of charities were set up to support community organisations in the first place.
4. There is usually no minimum amount to apply for, but understanding the trust you are seeking funding from is imperitive. Obviously asking for £10,000 funding when the grant making trust only offers £200 per organisation would not be the best
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