At CAN, we understand that finding the money to continue your work and realise your dreams for future growth can be difficult. The money you need could come from a wide range of sources including:

Donations from:

  • Individuals (including volunteering and legacies)
  • Private businesses (including cash, in-kind and employee volunteering)

Grants from:

  • Trusts and foundations
  • Public sector bodies
  • Private businesses

Contracts with:

  • Voluntary organisations
  • Public sector bodies
  • Private businesses

Trading with:

  • Individuals
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Public sector bodies
  • Private businesses

Gaining funding through a mix of sources is usually the best way to create a financially sustainable future. At CAN, we can help you to look at your current income and explore how to diversify it – email Steve at [email protected] or call him on 01202 099474. You will also find a useful tool from the NCVO here which gives an overview of the different types of funding available, as well as tools and information to help you plan ahead and develop a diverse income mix.

Identifying funding opportunities

We can help you to identify funding opportunities in a range of different ways.

Search for funding online

The Bournemouth 4 Community online tool provides information and links to several funding resources, including government, lottery, EU, non-government and charitable trust funding opportunities. It allows you to search for funding opportunities suitable for your organisation or group and browse through information on different types of funders. Access the Bournemouth 4 Community tool here.

Funding newsletter

The 'What Funds' newsletter is produced by the Bournemouth and Poole Funding Opportunities Group, and contains information on funding opportunities for voluntary and community groups. This is under review, for more details please email [email protected]

One-to-one support

BCP Council has staff that can offer one-to-one advice on funding from foundations and trusts. The contact is Linda Maguire, Principal Community Development Officer on 01202 451165. Linda has identified a number of grant-making trusts that smaller groups could apply to here.

If your organisation operates in Dorset outside the BCP Council area, Dorset Community Action also provides a funding advice service.

General advice

There are free websites that can give you advice and support on fundraising including:

There are also organisations that can provide free 'pro bono' professional advice such as:

Other support for voluntary groups

Volunteers play an essential role in the success of most charities and community groups. CAN's Volunteering Hub can advertise your vacancies, put volunteers in touch with you and provide you with advice on good practice in recruiting and managing volunteers.

CAN Volunteering Hub

If you're looking for software and digital tools, you may also benefit from visiting Charity Digital Exchange, which sells the latest software including Microsoft, Symantec, Adobe and others at big discounts.

CAN regularly gets offers of equipment and materials to be donated to the voluntary sector. These offers are sent out by email. To make sure you get to hear about these then sign up for the General Information Forum.