Successful fundraising and grant applications begin with research into possible donors and funders.
As it can be difficult to know where to look for funders, we have collected a handful of sources that could be helpful for your research. Some of these databases charge subscription fees, so you can check with your church’s organisational body or administration team to see if they can help you with access to those particular databases. These sources include:
- Ecclesiastical’s list of emergency funders during COVID-19
- Online databases with details of trusts and foundations including:
- Some denominations have detailed resources available that can help with your research. For example, the Church of England has developed a national list of charitable grants for churches.
- Your local or regional church body (for example, your diocese) may have information about local funding opportunities that could be available to support your church and your activities/projects.
- The Charity Commission has information on all UK-registered trusts and foundations, including annual reports, names and contact details of Trustees.
- Funders themselves are often useful sources of information about how to write a stronger application. For example, The Garfield Weston Foundation has a list of resources that you may find useful when thinking about your grant applications in general. In addition, Benefact Trust has useful guidance on how to get grant funding, to read before you start your applications.
- The Charities Aid Foundation has information on resources and funding available for faith-based charities during COVID-19.
- Websites of other churches (and benefices) for information on their current or recent projects or fundraising campaigns, as this may include a list that names their supporters.
To help you organise your research, we have developed a research template. This can be used to collect information that you will need to consider before making a funding application. Download the PDF
for the template.