CAN understands finding the money needed to continue your work and help realise your dreams for future growth can be difficult.

The money you need could come from a wide range of sources:

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.

Looking at where your funds come from and diversifying your sources as much as possible is the best way to create a financially sustainable future.

CAN’s Steve Place can help you to look at your current income and explore how to diversify it. You can email Steve at [email protected] or call him on 01202 099474

A good self-help tool has also been produced by NCVO.

Funding Advice

We currently support an e-network, ‘Bournemouth and Poole Funding Opportunities Group’, which sends out a regular newsletter called What Funds that contains funding opportunities and other emails about funding opportunities. This is under review, for more details please email [email protected]

The following web-based funding research tool provides information and links to several funding resources. To access this service please click on the following link which will open in a new window:- Bournemouth 4 Community which provides information on coverage of government, lottery, EU, non-government and charitable trust funding opportunities. The funding portal gives access to:

  • a 60-second funding search or category browse for easy and quick access
  • 24-hour updates for comprehensive funding information
  • Full scheme & contact details linking you directly to funding providers
  • Local information, support and contact details to help your organisation meet its potential
  • National news bulletins on changes to funding schemes

Other sources of advice

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 another organisation, Dorset Community Action provides a funding advice service.

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


Funding Central

Support and advice on 'in-kind' funding

Most of the sector depends a lot on volunteers. CAN operates the Volunteering Hub that can:

  • advertise your vacancies
  • put volunteers in touch with you
  • provide you with advice on good practice in recruiting and managing volunteers.

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

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

Pimp My Cause (marketing)

Charity Property Help

Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme

CITA (IT volunteers)

Populo HR (free telephone HR advice every Wednesday from 10 am-12 pm for small charities and social enterprises)

For IT if you are a charity then there is a useful one-stop website, Charity Digital Exchange, selling the latest software including Microsoft, Symantec, Adobe and others at big discounts.