Many Trusts, Foundations and grant giving organisations ask for a letter or concept note in application for funds. This tip sheet introduces you to the key ideas you should include in an open application.
Remember to always follow the guidance of the specific organisation you are applying to.
It is important that you consider your legal compliance when fundraising, especially when taking donations from the public. Follow the two links below to ensure that you are fully informed.
Notably, “you and the fundraising materials you use must not mislead anyone, or be likely to mislead anyone, either by leaving out information or by being inaccurate or ambiguous or by exaggerating details.”
So, give consideration to how you communicate your fundraising ask and what you will do with funds raised if you cannot complete the activity (for example, don’t raise enough funds for a project).
funding.cymru – free funding search platform created by Third Sector Support Wales. You can search hundreds of grant and loan finance opportunities from local, national and international sources. From small grants to large capital projects we can help you find the funding you need.
trustfunding.org.uk – a specialist online directory which includes information about 4,500 trusts and foundations, full analysis of each trust’s annual report and accounts, guidelines and application procedures and lists of recent beneficiaries. Cost for this is £295 ex VAT for an annual subscription
grantsonline.org.uk – subscription service similar to Trustfunding.org which has information about community and trust grants within the UK and further afield. They offer a 7-day free subscription.
governmentfunding.org.uk – subscription service providing information about local, regional and national funding schemes.
fundinginformation.org – subscription service providing information about grants schemes. They offer an initial free taster and one-month subscription (£40) to see if it will be suitable for you.
fundsonline.org.uk – Directory of Social Change subscription service where you can access funding for individuals and organisations from grant-making charities, companies and statutory providers, all in one place. Offers both weekly and yearly subscriptions.