Looking for funding can be a daunting, and complex, process. There are many routes to funding and we aim here to give you a starting point from which to find the funding source that is right of you.
BVSC's Open 4 Community is an easy to navigate funding portal, set up to help organisations in Birmingham access funding. The website holds information on grants and contracts available from public sector agencies, trusts and other funders in one accessible place to help you search with ease. You can also register your preferences and receive email updates.
Below is a list of the key voluntary and community sector funders who may be of interest to you. Please note this list is not exhaustive but intended to act as a starting point in helping you identify appropriate funders for your organisation.
Provides grants and contracts to a full range of voluntary and community organisations. Funding is awarded by individual directorates and all funding is promoted via finditinbirmingham.com. You can also try contacting the relevant directorate to find out more about their commissioning plans.
To find out more about the process of applying for BCC grants to voluntary and community organisations, click here.
Has over £4.4 million of funding available to good causes. The Big Lottery Fund website has a fund finder tool to identify the most suitable funding programme for your project. Current open programmes include Awards for All, Reaching Communities, Millennium Now, the Silver Dreams Fund, Forces in Mind, Village SOS and Improving Financial Confidence.
All wards in the city receive a Community Chest Allocation of £100,000 which enables them to fund schemes that support ward and neighbourhood working or contribute to extending community engagement, cohesion and empowerment. Individual grants are up to a maximum of £10,000 and more details can be obtained from Birmingham City Council's Constituency Ward Support Officers.
Please find below a selection of the major grant making trusts. Please search BVSC's Open 4 Community funding portal for a more comprehensive list of trusts and foundations relevant to your organisation's aims and objectives.
Comic Relief has decided that £4.5 million should be available to fund projects across the UK which are addressing the issues associated with economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate through a second phase of the 'Local Communities' programme. The Local Communities programme will run until 2013 and during this time, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 will be available.
The BBC Children in Need's grants programme is open to organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and under. Your organisation and project must be based in the UK and you need to be a registered charity or other not-for-profit. Within the general grants programme, you can apply for: Small Grants of £10,000 or less per year for up to three years. Main Grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years.
The Barrow Cadbury Trust promotes social justice through grant-making, research, influencing public policy and supporting local communities. Their work is divided into three main programme areas; Criminal Justice, Migration and Europe and Poverty and Inclusion.
The John Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust's main aim has always been to fund well managed projects (working within its current areas of interest) which help to relieve poverty, support disadvantaged people, and effect long-term change where help is not readily available from the public or private purse. The Trust also provides funding for the arts, and towards the conservation of the natural and built environment.
The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. Their primary interests are in the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society.