Looking For Funding

We all need funding from somewhere to make our ideas happen.  Here are a few places to look to get you started and point you in the right direction to some of the funding that's out there for your project.

Arts Council
The Arts Council is the national development agency for the arts in England and supports a range of artistic activities. The organisation runs a range of funding programmes, such as Grants for the Arts and Awards for All, and lists other places to look for arts funding.

The Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund gives grants from £300 to over £500,000 to organisations ranging from small local groups to major national charities. The funding pages within the Big Lottery website holds a 'funding finder' to help identify sources of lottery funding for your particular project.

Children in Need
BBC Children in Need awards grants each year to organisations supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. The 'grants' pages of the website links to information about Main Grants, Small Grants, Emergency Essentials, A-Z guidance and FAQ's.

Crowdfunding is a way of raising finance by asking a large number of people each for a small amount of money.  There are a number of websites now doing crowdfunding and some are specifically for creative projects.  We’ve listed a few useful ones here:
Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com
WeFund4U: www.wefund4u.com
Crowdfunder: www.crowdfunder.co.uk
Crowdfunding Association www.ukcfa.org.uk
Working the Crowd: www.nesta.org.uk/publications/working-crowd

Heritage Lottery Fund
Heritage Lottery Fund offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3000 to over £5m. The 'Looking for Funding' page details what the organisation funds, where they are working,the difference they want projects to make, information on grant programmes and on how decisions are made. There is also an option to sign up to a regular e-bulletin.

Kirklees 4 Funding is a funding information website which gives charities, community groups, social enterprises, and businesses access to a comprehensive database of funding opportunities including government, lottery, EU, non- government and other available funding in Kirklees.

Kirklees Observatory
Not a place to find funding but a useful place to gather statistics for your funding bids. The Kirklees Observatory holds lots of statistics about Kirklees and gives you background data for funding bids.

One Community
Funding for voluntary groups in Kirklees, particularly grassroots community groups and small-to-medium sized voluntary groups.

VCSE Strength Checker
A diagnostic tool for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.  Analyse your organisation and identify areas that could be developed to improve and strenthen your organisation.