Below are sources of information and training to help you find funding opportunities and understand fundraising regulations for charities.
EVOC holds a subscription to Trustfunding.org.uk which allows users to access this database of over 4,400 trusts which together distribute £3.6 billion in grants.
The searchable database allows you to focus on criteria such as:
- What type of organisation are you?
- What is the focus of your activity?
- Where is your project based?
- Who are the beneficiaries?
- What type of funding are you looking for?
It then points you to potential sources of funding, and information about how to contact these sources.
You can access Trustfunding.org.uk from our office. We will guide new users through the use of the program and assist with the search the directories if needed. Please contact Julie Anne Hill for booking.
You can also keep up to date with the latest funding opportunities via our online Noticeboard.
Check out EVOC’s training programme for courses to help you find, administer, and evidence the outcomes for funding, some examples below: https://www.evoc.org.uk/training/course-programme/
- Digital Fundraising
- Winning contracts and SLAs
- Business planning and Managing budgets
- Evidencing Impact
- Tender writing
- Governance for charities and voluntary organisations
Other funding information sources
Resources for finding funding
Resources for fundraising/generating income
Sources of funding for voluntary-led arts and cultural groups: https://www.voluntaryarts.org/cash-for-culture
Guidance from OSCR on charities and social enterprise: https://www.oscr.org.uk/charities/guidance/social-enterprise-faqs
Guidance from OSCR on charities and trading: https://www.oscr.org.uk/guidance-and-forms/charities-and-trading-guide
For more information and support on social enterprises, get in touch with our Edinburgh TSI partner ESEN: https://www.edinburghsocialenterprise.co.uk/
If your organisation engages in any public fundraising, trustees should ensure that they keep up-to-date on fundraising regulations.
Following a review carried out in 2015, Scotland continued with a system of self regulation. Although the Code of Fundraising Practice is held by the Fundraising Regulator, which regulates charity fundraising in England and Wales only, the Code covers the law and best practice for Scotland as well. The Code should be referred to by any organisation that does any public fundraising – this might include raffles, events, or street collections. The Code can be found here: https://www.goodfundraising.scot/code-of-fundraising-practice/
Charities should also ensure they have a complaints procedure in case a member of the public wishes to make a complaint about their fundraising activities. This should be on the website or made available on request. Contact EVOC if you’d like a template to help you develop one. More about fundraising complaints and how they are dealt with can be found here: https://www.oscr.org.uk/public/fundraising