Looking For Funding

Here are a few places to look for funding to help get your project ideas started:

The Doncaster Movement Fund - Changing and growing Doncaster, one people led project at a time.
Doncaster Council is working with Spacehive to help local people crowdfund for projects that will make the borough a better place. From allotments and street murals to festivals and community cafes – if you have an idea create a crowdfunding project page and be part of the Doncaster Movement.

Arts Council
The Arts Council is the national development agency for the arts in England and that runs a range of funding programmes that support a range of artistic activities.

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:
Spacehive: www.spacehive.com/
: www.crowdingin.com
Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com
Crowdfunder: www.crowdfunder.co.uk
Crowdfunding Association www.ukcfa.org.uk

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.

Doncaster Data Observatory
The Doncaster Data Observatory is not a place to find funding but a useful place to gather statistics for your funding bids.

VCSE Strength Checker
A diagnostic tool for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to analyse themselves and identify areas that could be developed. These findings can be built into fundings applications.