Funding sources, Fundraising

The Directory of Grant Making Trusts is now in its 24th edition

Due to be published later this month, the Directory brings together information on just over 2,000 of the largest grant-making charities that give grants in the UK and is focused on helping you to find your way in the complex world of fundraising by identifying sources which can help drive your project forward and save your valuable time by steering you away from those funders which will not consider your appeal.

The publication holds information on the well-known names and major funders as well as smaller, yet no less significant charities, some of which you may never have heard of; it also provides details of organisations that offer support throughout the country as well as listing those that focus on a particular region, area or group of people.

Grant-makers in this edition have the potential to distribute at least £40,000 each year in a range of areas. Organisations researched by DSC’s research team provided grants totalling over £4.3 billion in total in the financial year covering 2013/14, including the biggest grant-making charities in the country.

The giving remains high, however so does the demand.  The charities we have looked at seemed to be as busy as ever. Many now extend their activities to providing more of advice and information services, including guidance on financial management, benefit entitlements or debt problems. Some are strained by greater amounts of referrals from other agencies, request for help and greater competition for funding amongst colleagues in the sector. Nevertheless all are striving to help their beneficiaries best they can to deliver valuable services and financial support.

Each entry in the book gives details of the total amount of grants awarded in the year and offers a sample of beneficiaries supported alongside the amounts given, where known. This should help you have a better understanding of types of projects/organisations supported as well as how much funding you could potentially receive. We strive to give you the very best guidance on who to apply to and how to do it – please follow our findings on how to do this closely. Some charities will invite potential applicants to contact the charity staff directly via phone, email or online enquiry form for an informal discussion to determine their needs and eligibility. Where we state that a grant-maker is more than happy to help with any queries or problems in completing the application form, it is beneficial to make use of this facility to help the application process run smoother and increase your chances of success.

Remember that grant-making charities, particularly the smaller ones, will often have few or no staff and be run by dedicated but time-restrained trustees. They will certainly appreciate applicants making their work easier by ensuring each cause fits their eligibility criteria and does not fall within the exclusions cited. It will be both helpful and beneficial to your application if you closely follow the specified procedure and provide all the required documents.

Try to make the charities’ work easier by targeting only those organisations that are able to meet your needs and be thorough with the application procedure – you may be pleasantly surprised how a tailored application can help!

Gabi has worked in the research team at Directory of Social Change since 2013 and she has worked on a number of publications and projects. Her work has included major contributions to The Guide to Educational Grants, The Guide to UK Company Giving and The Directory of Grant Making Trusts.