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Free Sources of Funding Advice

There are various sources of fundraising help and advice available locally. From key funding sources to tips on local fundraising, the websites below may provide very useful information and guidance for your project.

  • The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (formerly Council for Voluntary Services) is a country-wide support network for community and voluntary groups. The NACVA provides support to over 160,000 community/voluntary groups, including many Methodist churches.
  • To find your local group, see

  • There are over 300 Development Trusts across the UK, whose aims are to develop enterprise and community prosperity. If your project encourages local business or helps people develop skills to get back to work, you may be eligible for funding. To find out about the Development Trusts in your area, visit
  • UK Community Foundations are charitable trusts which support voluntary and community activity, through grants and by introducing donors to community causes. To find out more and to contact your local Community Foundation, visit
  • Funding Central ( is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises which provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities. The website gives access to guidance on applying for grants plus advice on how to manage a relationship with a funder. For those new to fundraising a guided search facility is provided which takes you through a series of questions to return the most appropriate funding opportunities to suit your needs.
  • j4bCommunity ( provides information on over 3,000 grants dedicated to the voluntary and community sector. Once registered with the website you will receive regular newsletters and information on large and small-scale funding opportunities throughout the UK.
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