Public funding mainly comes from the taxes we all pay to local or national Government. It includes:
In addition, some National Lottery grants such as from Heritage Lottery Fund, can be accessed by private companies – use the bfunded funding search
Each public funding scheme will have its own rules about who can apply. It is always worth contacting the funder directly to ensure your organisation and activities are eligible before you put too much work into an application.
Public funders usually have staff that can discuss your idea and how well it fits their funding programmes (usually by telephone or email).
For some public grants schemes you will first need to register your interest and provide a short outline application (sometimes called a PQQ). Once this has been approved you may be invited to complete a longer form.
Finding the right source of public funding