Funding for voluntary groups, social enterprises and individuals

1. Grant funding

There are specific funds available for voluntary and community organisations – value-led organisations working for social purposes rather than profit who re-invest surpluses to help tackle issues facing people and the planet.

This includes registered and unregistered charities, co-operatives, friendly societies, industrial and provident societies, not-for-profit companies and not-for-profit unincorporated associations. They are sometimes known as the ‘third sector’ – separate from the public and private sectors.

2. Individuals looking for funding

Whether you are looking for financial support to help with your studies or you’re on a low income and finding it difficult to cope, we recommend using the Turn2us website.

Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help. The website includes:

A Benefits Calculator to help ensure you are receiving the welfare benefits you are entitled to

A Grants Search database with details of over 3,000 funds that may be able to provide financial help and other support services

Information and resources on a wide range of subjects related to welfare benefits, grants and managing money.

If you don’t have access to a computer or don’t feel confident carrying out the search yourself, Turn2us will do it on your behalf if you call 0808 802 2000.

We have also published a Guide on Grants for Individuals which contains details of trusts and foundations providing support to individuals in need.

Libraries also have funding books, one of which is aimed at individuals.

Sources of funding for individuals

3. Social Enterprises looking for funding

You may be able to apply for funding either to start a social enterprise or to develop it. Some organisations give grants to social enterprises for things like training and environmental improvements.

Sources of funding for social enterprises

Keep up to date with business grants news from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

4. Voluntary and community organisations looking for funding

There are different sources of funding that groups can access depending on how they are set up, where they are located and what they need the funding for.

If you are new to funding and need a small sum of money to get your project going, Sussex Community Foundation and/or Awards for All could be two good funds to start with.

For larger projects, larger grant makers such as BIG Lottery and European Programmes are also available.

There are many more funding opportunities available, so if you would like to explore other possibilities, you could: