Lime Green Consulting often get asked by charities and social enterprises for advice on how they can raise more unrestricted funding from trusts and foundations.
Many organisations are very successful at securing grant income, yet still find themselves in a tight financial position because the majority of funding tends to be restricted to a specific purpose. While project funding is vital, it rarely gives you the flexibility you need to thrive as a resilient and innovative organisation.
We’ve compiled some of our best tips on how to achieve the holy grail of unrestricted grant income – from some obvious funders to approach, to how to think outside the box when it comes to improving your financial position through trusts and foundations fundraising.
1. APPLY TO SPECIALIST CORE FUNDERS
While it’s understandably tempting for funders to want to fund tangible and exciting projects, this doesn’t give organisations the freedom to pay key staff or cover central costs. Not unlike yoga, strengthening your core is vital and will make you much better at everything else you’re trying to achieve too.
There’s a growing recognition in the sector that smaller organisations in particular need access to more flexible funding if they are to survive and thrive, particularly at a time when so much local authority funding has dried up. Lloyds Bank Foundation CEO Paul Streets has been particularly vocal about the damage caused by ‘projectitis’.
Here are a few funders that give core funding to a broad range of charitable causes:
- Lloyds Bank Foundation (no surprise given the above)
- Tudor Trust
- Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
- Masonic Charitable Foundation
- Paul Hamlyn Foundation
If you’re looking for core funding, here are a few tips:
- Check out the above funders and see if your organisation is eligible to apply.
- Use a funding directory like Funds Online or Funding Central to search for other core funders. We suspect that other funders will pop up over the coming months. These directories have a subscription fee for most organisations but it’s often a worthwhile investment, as they have an option to search specifically for core funding.
- Develop a strong case for support for why you really need core funding. For example: why don’t you have much unrestricted funding already? Why would it be so valuable to you – would it enable you to recruit a key member of staff, respond to a new opportunity or restructure in an important way? What makes your organisation such an expert at what it does, therefore such a strong candidate for core funding?
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Source: Lime Green Consulting