Finding Funding

Are you full of great ideas, but lack the funds to pull them off? Below is a growing list of potential sources of funding:

Grants

02 Think Big: Think Big aims to inspire, support and enable young people (13-25 year olds) with great ideas.

Do It For Real Award – Young UnLtd: Offers £500 cash and support from an Award Manager to individuals or small groups of up to four people.

Vinspired: Create and run your own social action project. Get up to £500 to make it happen.

The BIG Lottery: Awards grants to UK organisations to help improve their communities.

John Lyon’s Charity: Gives grants to benefit children and young people up to the age of 25 who live in nine boroughs in Northwest London.

Comic Relief: Works all year round to help create a just world free from poverty.

Garfield Weston Foundation: Supports organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need.

Online grant directories (list over 2,500 trusts and foundations): GRANTfinder, Funding Central, GrantNet, j4bgrants, London Community Foundation

Loans

The Co-operative Loan Fund: Ethical loans from co-ops to co-ops.

Virgin StartUp: Supports entrepreneurs who are planning to launch a start-up or are within their first 12 months of trading as a business.

Other

The Funding Network: The friendly Dragons’ Den for charities and potential donors.