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Fundraising and Finance


Find COVID-19 Emergency Funds and other funding on our fundraising page


Finding Potential Funders 

  • Kent Community Foundation spreadsheet list of funders (compiled April 2020) or invaluable list of available funds
  • Sign up to Kent Community Foundation newsletter to get regular alerts about their funds
  • Sign up to Inside Track, this is Kent County Council’s (KCC) funding newsletter and it tells you about funding opportunities relevant to Kent
  • KCC also have free funder finder software on their website; which is accessible to you if you are a charitable group operating in Kent
  • You can look at the annual accounts or websites of similar organisations, because they often list funders. Annual accounts of charities are available on the Charity Commission website


In-depth funding research

All of the above should be a good starting point, but if you want to do some in depth funding research you can purchase the Directory of Grantmaking Trusts; which is published every year or subscribe to an online funder finder service, such as Funds Online or Funding Central which is free for organisations with an income of less than £100k


Virtual Fundraising

SKC virtual fundraising tips blog


SKC Training

  • SKC – Introduction to Applying to Grantmaking Trusts
  • SKC – Getting started with Fundraising Planning
  • SKC – Demonstrating Impact

See our training page for more information

Other helpful resources:


Funding For All

Thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund, Funding For All are now inviting enquiries for their Fundraising Mentoring Programme. Open to small charities & VSCEs across Kent & Medway, they specialise in bid writing skills, funding strategy, marketing, tendering, legacies plus more

Find out more


Institute of Fundraising

Support fundraisers through leadership and representation; best practice and compliance; education and networking. They have lots of excellent free resources on their website


the FSI

The FSI offer free membership to charities with an income of less than £1 million. Members can benefit from online training, resources and in normal times, they run a range of conferences and training events

FSI services


Charity Finance Group

Have lots of resources, membership from £76


Resource Centre 

Have advice on opening a bank account and other resources. Please note bank account recommendations go out of date very quickly


Gift Aid

Adds 25p for every £1 donated to a charity. Every small charity that regularly receives donations from individuals should register for Gift Aid so that they maximise the value of donations to their charity

Institute of Fundraising Gift Aid guidance

GOV.UK – claiming Gift Aid

Charity Finance Group – Gift Aid