Funding & Support

If it's funding, relates to learning and development, and it's current then we should have it on this page. Of course, you might know better. Have we missed anything. Please let us know of any additions or amendments we should make to this page. Send us an email or  use our Feedback page.

Association of Charitable Foundations

Support organisation for grant-making trusts and foundations of all types.

Baring Foundation

The Baring Foundation was set up in 1969 to give money to charities and voluntary organisations pursuing charitable purposes. In 34 years we have given over £83 million in grants. Our present annual budget for grant-making is just over £3 million. We have specific grants programmes concerned with voluntary sector development, the arts and international work.

Bar Pro Bono Unit

Bar Pro Bono Unit links charities with barristers.

Beacon Fellowship

Beacon is a charitable organisation set up to encourage individual contributions to charitable and social causes and to celebrate and showcase best practice in giving.

Big Lottery Fund

Big Lottery Fund is a new organisation that will hand out half the money for good causes from the National Lottery. We will make it easier to apply for Lottery money and will make it easier for you to see where the money goes. Big Lottery Fund was created by merging the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund.

Business in the Community

Movement of companies in the UK committed to improving their positive impact in society

Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP)

CGAP is the UK's first research Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy. It aims to develop knowledge and engage with donors, charities and practitioners. CGAP is a consortium of British research institutions with three main research themes: individual and corporate giving; grant makers; charities, social justice and policy.

Charity Choice

Charity Choice is a place where charities, donors, volunteers and fundraisers can come together to help the many charities in the UK in a variety of ways.

Charity property helpline

Charity Property Help is a pro bono service designed to assist voluntary and community sector organisations, by providing free support and guidance on all property matters in the UK. It will provide registered charities and voluntary organisations a one hour consultation with a RICS member free of charge. 0870 333 1600 or visit the web site

Contracts Finder

Contracts Finder will show all public sector opportunities worth more than £10,000

Co-operative and Community Finance

The lender for social purpose. Providing sympathetic loan finance to help people take control of their economic lives and create social benefit. They exclusively serve the co-operative and social enterprise sector.

Co-operatives UK

We are a trustee of the Co-operative College, who help us support the development of sustainable co-operative, mutual and social enterprises both in the UK and around the world. We are also the only organisation that seeks to measure the scope of the Co-operative Economy, producing the Co-operative Review and the Co-operative UK 100 each year.

Department for Culture, media and Sport

Includes information and contacts regarding how Lottery money is distributed


Thousands of opportunites and all you need to know about volunteering

Donate a PC

Welcome to the free 'matchmaking' service for individuals and organisations to donate un-needed hardware (computers, printers etc) to UK charities, not-for-profit organisations and educational establishments.

Directory of Social Change

Helping voluntary and community organisations become more effective

Discretionary Learning Support Fund

If you are aged 19 or over and having trouble meeting the costs of participating in further education at your college, Discretionary Learner Support might be one source of help.


We are the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. We support independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector.

East Riding 4 Community

The community funding support website for the East Riding area

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. We do this by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. We take pride in supporting work that might otherwise be considered difficult to fund.

European Social Fund Unit

Source of funding for activities to develop employability and human resources. It is used to add value to policies introduced to make a reality of the Government's objective of promoting employment opportunities for all in an inclusive society.


Fit4Funding aims to ensure voluntary and community groups have the skills, knowledge and support needed to access and manage the funds that enable them to achieve their objectives. The fit4funding website provides help and advice for those who are seeking funding, and the resources can also be used by organisations giving funding advice in the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Funding Central

Funding Central is a free smart website for the whole voluntary and community sector, including social enterprise, providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.


Links to grant-makers and fundraising resources across the globe


Futurebuilders aims to improve public service delivery through long term investment in the voluntary and community sector in England

On-line portal to grants for the Voluntary and Community Sector from the Department of Education and Skills (DFES), Department of Health (DOH), Home Office and The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister


Grantfinder was developed to advise and guide professional clients on all matters relating to grant aid - from identifying what is available to whom, through to making an application. In the intervening years our distinguished client base has steadily grown, in line with the accuracy and reliability of Grantfinder which is now acknowledged as the UK market leader.

Grants for Individuals

This site contains funding available to support educational costs, bills and living expenses, and specific welfare needs, and is aimed at advice/social workers, those working in education, and anyone that provides support directly to individuals.

GSK Community Health IMPACT Awards

Are you a registered charity setting an outstanding example in a health-related field in the UK? Would you like to receive an award of up to £30,000 of unrestricted funding, plus high-level recognition of your work.

Heritage Lottery Fund

All the information you need abouth the Heritage Lottery Fund


The community funding support website for the Kingston upon Hull area

Humber Technical Assistance Partnership

Humber Technical Assistance is a partnership that exists to support and develop ERDF bidding activity in the Humber sub region.

In Kind Direct

It distributes surplus goods from industry to voluntary organisations in the UK working at home and abroad. Mainly new goods, i.e. samples, seconds, end of lines.

Institute of Fundraising

The professional body for UK fundraisers.

KnowHow NonProfit

KnowHow NonProfit is a fresh new website built solely for people working in not for profit organisations. Completely free and easy to use, it is packed with practical information and resources covering all kinds of topics from finding funding to strategy planning. Use the forums to ask questions, discuss issues and share your own experience. There are also podcasts of events, a calendar of conferences and courses stretching across the uk and our own fortnightly nonprofit story ‘Millcaster Tales.’ The site is intended to be a friendly and useful space for a community of nonprofit people and organisations to share what they have learnt and to help others.


LawWorks provides free legal advice to small charities, not for profit, voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises in England and Wales using volunteer lawyers.

Learning Launchpad

Learning Launchpad is a fund for ambitious people who have a passion to make a difference. Our goal is to discover and support groundbreaking ideas that will raise the aspirations and release the potential of young people aged 14-25 in their transition to adulthood.

Lloyds TSB Foundation

We are a grant-making trust and make donations to charities. Our mission is to support and work in partnership with charitable organisations which help people, especially those who are disadvantaged or disabled, to play a fuller role in communities throughout England and Wales.

Local Commissioning and Procurement Unit (LCPU)

NAVCA's Local Commissioning and Procurement Unit are available to provide information, guidance and advice on all aspects of commissioning and procurement.

Lottery Monitor

Independent Monthly Magazine covering all aspects of awards to good causes from the Lottery

National Lottery Commission

Lottery Regulator

NCVO Sustainable Funding Project

Information on how voluntary organisations can become less dependent on grants and improve their sustainability.

NESTA - National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts

NESTA was set up by Act of Parliament in 1998 to help maximise this country's creative and innovative potential. It is funded by an endowment from the National Lottery and uses the interest to back people of exceptional talent and imagination. It offers the support they need to explore new ideas, develop new products and services, or experiment with new ways of nurturing creativity in science, technology and the arts.

New Philanthropy Capital

New Philanthropy Capital is passionate about ensuring that the charities with the best results attract the most funding. Our independent research, tools for charities and advice for donors helps direct support for maximum impact.

Open Source Community - Hull

Launched by a partnership of 5 grassroots organisations trying to make a difference in a deprived area of Hull, through sharing knowledge, resources and effective ideas. Resources include business plans, successful funding bids, policies, procedures, presentations, leaflets, forms, outreach resources, feasibility studies, research, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, recruitment, and community centre resources. All free to download.

Optimist Charities

Optimist Charities, will list all UK registered charities to enable potential donors to review their work.It will also provide free promotional opportunities specifically for charities below an annual income of £500,000. Each week, it give five charities a chance to promote themselves with a featured article.

Optimist Companies

Optimist Companies looks at the positive impact that companies can have by engaging in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). 2008 offers all companies large and small an opportunity to be socially responsible. We believe in giving credit where credit is due. We encourage dialogue, rather than polarised debate, between pioneers of social responsibility and companies that still have a long way to go to prove their commitment to the planet. So if your company has a CSR project that has global aspirations or local impact, we would like to tell your story so that others may be inspired.


We all know what it is like to feel powerless. PledgeBank is about beating that feeling by connecting you with other people who also want to make a change, but who don't want the personal risk of being the only person to turn up to a meeting or the only person to donate ten pounds to a cause that actually needed a thousand. The way it works is simple. You create a pledge which has the basic format 'I'll do something, but only if other people will pledge to do the same thing'.

Pro Bono Economics

Pro Bono Economics is a new charity whose aim is to broker economists into the charitable sector to help on short and medium-term assignments, typically addressing questions around measurement, results and impact. Charitable work can have wider social and economic benefits. Quantitative evaluations by economists can help in measuring those benefits and in determining the most effective ways of channelling support to achieve them.


Fundraising information service dedicated to the needs of the voluntary sector


Finding voluntary work for professional people with time to give


TimeBank is a national campaign inspiring and connecting people to share and give time. TimeBank appeals to people like you who know that their time and skills are in demand - but just don't know what to do about it or where to start. Voluntary work, Volunteering...

Santander Foundation

The Santander Foundation funds local, regional and national charities for their work within the UK. We are committed to helping disadvantaged people through our two charitable priorities.

Skills Funding Agency

We are a new agency set up by the government to fund and regulate adult skills training in England. We have taken over the work of the Learning and Skills Council, which closed down on 31 March 2010. It’s our job to ensure that government funding gets to the organisations who provide further education and skills training in England. Find out about this work with colleges and training providers; how to get funding, how funds are allocated and how we monitor quality. The Young Peoples Learning Agency - another new agency - has taken over some of our work for young people and other LSC functions have transferred to local authorities.

Social Enterprise Loan Fund

Specialist loans for charities and social enterprises. We provide loans to charities and social enterprises that are unable to secure sufficient funding from mainstream sources. We aim to help organisations that have a social impact, especially those working in disadvantaged communities.

Social Return on Investment Network

The SROI Network is a network dedicated to the consistent and effective use of Social Return on Investment. It is a membership organisation with members who are practitioners, academics, funders and investors with an interest in the use and development of social return on investment. The growing membership is led by accredited practitioners who have pioneered SROI in England, Ireland and Scotland. The network is for anyone interested in SROI or anyone wanting to contribute to the growing bank of knowledge and experience of measuring social value.

Sport England

Links to possible sources of funding for sporting activities

Volcom Common Treasury

The Common Treasury is a free resource for voluntary and community groups in Hull.  The equipment is used by organisations holding learning activities and events throughout the city.

Voluntary Sector Cuts

Voluntary Sector Cuts is a new collaborative project which maps intelligence about voluntary groups experiencing reductions in public sector funding.

Volunteering England

The National volunteering development agency.

HLC's Through the Maze Guides

A series of step by step handbooks to give a general overview on certain topics and guide your organisation “Through the Maze”.


InspireMe is a fully funded service brought to you by Aspire-igen, ESF, ESFA and the Humber Regional LEP