A grant is a formal donation to your group. It is usually given to support a clearly defined activity or item and is usually made in response to a request from you.
Grants come from a wide range of sources. The most common include:
There are thousands of different grant schemes across the UK, and finding the right one for your group requires a little time and research – here are some places to start:
When choosing a grant funder, there are a few key considerations:
Finally, consider how much time and effort will it take to apply for and manage the grant funding – are there easier alternatives?
For example, small social activity groups can often run successfully on contributions from group members (subs) or fundraising activities. This avoids not just having to find suitable grant funders and complete the application form but also reporting back to grant funders at the end of the activity.
If your group is looking for small amounts of money (under £500 for example) - or if you need to raise money quickly (weeks rather than months) then fundraising activities, sponsorship or contributions from group members are well worth considering.