There are some great local resources available if you are looking to set up or expand a community group or project.
On the council website there is a regular update on community funding which lists the national, regional and local funding that is currently available. It won’t capture each and every available fund, but is fairly comprehensive. It is split into four sections – key opportunities, capacity building, main small funds and lucky dip.
Also useful is the Capital Community Foundation’s (CCF) grants list for Lambeth. CCF both administer a number of grants, such as the various strands of the Lambeth Community Fund, and also signposting others.
Social Enterprise London have a long list of organisations that fund and support social enterprises. This covers start-up finance as well as other loans and grants and is well worth a look.
Lambeth Voluntary Action Council have Funderfinder and GrantsFinder which are computer software programmes that help organisations find trusts and funders that might support their work.
Lambeth Voluntary Action Council also has a Funding Advice Project to provide information, advice and support on all matters associated with fundraising to voluntary and community sector organisations based in Lambeth. Support is only available to small – medium organisations (i.e. those with 140 or less paid staff hours per week) and to organisations that are formally set up (i.e. a management committee and governing document in place). For support contact Aleya Chowdhury, Capacity Building Officer (Funding Advice), on 020 7737 9477 (Tuesday and Wednesday only) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you applied for any grants to support your projects? If so, please share your experience and tips for success in the comments below. It would also be good to hear if there are any other external funding sources that people know are available.