Below is a list of useful links to information and organisations that can help with funding advice or who offer grants and funding.

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Just in time for #Cyber Security Awareness Week, Charity digital explores the five basic measures every organisation can take to protect itself from the rising risk of cyber threats.


This interactive guide from Local Trust offers quick and easy steps you can use to get the most out of these online resources-all low cost and high impact.



One of the UK’s leading providers of finance to social enterprises, charities and businesses that are socially-driven. Provides from £50,000 to £1 million in the form of loans, participation loans (where repayment is linked to the future performance of the enterprise) and equity.

The Big Society Capital group (formerly referred to as the “Big Society Bank“) is a financial institution that aims to develop a market for investment made on the basis of positive social impact as well as financial returns. In so doing it will boost the ability of social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations to deal with social issues.

Business in the Community have over the last six months been running a National Business Response Network to connect communities, charities and SME’s with offers of business support during the crisis. So far over 2,000 support matches have been made, ranging from physical donations of food, stationery, clothes, and devices to virtual volunteering and sharing skills.

Nationwide network of businesses willing and able to support charities. BITC’s support hub enables organisations who are in need of support because of Covid-19 to be matched with a business who are willing to help.


Catholic Church charity, CAFOD, has a list of easy fundraising ideas on its website that can be adapted to be used with schools, children and young people, parishes, individuals or at work. The website also has a “CAFOD How to Guide”, which includes seven simple steps to help plan the perfect fundraising event as well as a number of very useful resources such as sponsorship forms and a paying-in slip. Many of the ideas are CAFOD themed but can easily be adapted for other circumstances. Fundraising this way may not raise huge sums of money, but it is great for team building and raising your profile locally, while many funders want to see that you’ve made an effort to contribute some funding to a project before they award a grant.

The Big Society Capital group (formerly referred to as the “Big Society Bank“) is a financial institution that aims to develop a market for investment made on the basis of positive social impact as well as financial returns. In so doing it will boost the ability of social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations to deal with social issues.

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a dedicated Cash Deposit Platform that gives charities exclusive access to market-leading interest rates. CAF has partnered with cash deposit platform provider Flagstone to provide the platform, which is just for charities and will provide a choice of more than 170 deposit accounts from 22 banks and building societies with savings starting at £50,000. With CAF Deposit Platform, charities will be able to open multiple accounts in minutes, which will be accessible through a single application. The platform is fully online, lets charities manage their cash deposits 24/7 and provides consolidated statements, an annual summary and financial strength information on each deposit taker. The platform also offers Euro and US Dollar accounts for charities holding reserves in those currencies. The CAF Charity Deposit Platform will be widely available via the CAF website from January 2020.

The Charity Commission is urging charities to be vigilant in protecting their organisation from ransomware attacks and to follow protection advice issued by the National Cyber Security Centre.

The UK’s first not-for-profit bank that lends to charitable organisations and social enterprises. It offers loans of up to £500,000, normally in situations where traditional lending from commercial banks is not available.

Detailed information from Charity Digital on the pro’s and con’s of applying to the Google Ad grant programme. £7,500 per month free Google Ads advertising is available to eligible not-for-profit organisations, to boost organisations’ visibility to their key audiences.

To assess all aspects of how your IT is working join Charity Excellence. (free)

Distributes money raised through the regular Red Nose Days, through grants to charities and voluntary organisations with charitable objectives.

A document issued by the department of Health called Community Centred Practice. Applying All Our Health gives clear evidence that activities bringing people together improve their health, so if you need to make your case to a funder that you are having a direct benefit on people’s lives, you can quote it. “Community-centred ways of working can be more effective than more traditional services in improving the health and wellbeing of marginalised groups and vulnerable individuals. For this reason, they are an essential way of reducing health inequalities within a local area or community.”

The trade association for Community Development Finance Institutions. The South West Investment Group covers the south west region.

Hosted by Co-operatives UK working in partnership with Locality, the governmentbacked service is available for the growing number of communities wanting to raise finance for co-operative and community owned enterprises.

Our trusted supplier, GiveStar, has got something exciting to share with you. It’s called Tap-on-Phone, and it allows your fundraisers to collect contactless and chip & pin donations with just their smartphone – no card reader needed! We think Tap-on-Phone is a game changer. It’s an easy-to-use, scalable option for voluntary organisations looking to empower their network of fundraisers with contactless. That means more donations from more fundraisers, no upfront costs, no logistical headaches and all in all less faff! (Need to be member of NCVO to access this from their Trusted Supplier list.

Our trusted supplier, GiveStar, has got something exciting to share with you. It’s called Tap-on-Phone, and it allows your fundraisers to collect contactless and chip & pin donations with just their smartphone – no card reader needed! We think Tap-on-Phone is a game changer. It’s an easy-to-use, scalable option for voluntary organisations looking to empower their network of fundraisers with contactless. That means more donations from more fundraisers, no upfront costs, no logistical headaches and all in all less faff! (Need to be member of NCVO to access this from their Trusted Supplier list.

Crowdfunder have just launched a campaign called # Crowdfunder Start-ups to help people who have decided that now is the right time to start crowdfunding. There are a whole host of guides, case studies and webinars on their website.


An independent charity supporting charities and voluntary and community groups in Devon, including through grant funding.

This website has lots of useful resources, including details of grant schemes arranged under the following headings: -Children -Adults -Families and Carers -By condition -Holidays -Recreation -Employment -Housing -Education Employment. You can also sign-up for regular email alerts on grants for people with a disability.

One in seven people who donate to a charity via a website or app do so via social media. Over the past 18 months, social media has proved vital for fundraising and Facebook shouldn’t be overlooked. Facebook continues to be the social media platform with the largest follower base for charities. More than 7 million people in the UK have donated to a good cause via Facebook, through birthday celebrations virtual challenge events, tribute fundraisers, and the use of the trusty fundraising button. Charity Digital explains how your organisation can not just only raise more funds, but really build lasting relationships with your fundraisers and donors.


Facebook tips for small and medium sized charities: -Why Facebook is an important tool for charities -Introduction to Facebook advertising – What content is good to share on the platform -Examples of charities that are doing great things -Latest updates to the platform -Key metrics you need to measure.

Find a Helpline aims to provide members of the public access to a broad representation of helplines where they can find support quickly and easily. Helplines Partnership (HLP) does not make specific recommendations.

Provides a comprehensive range of business support and micro finance lending for startups and small businesses.

Rebuilding heritage supports the heritage sector in its broadest sense, to respond to the crisis and to transition to recovery. It provides free training, advice, and support through: -One-to-one and group coaching and training sessions -Opportunities for knowledge sharing -Open access webinars -Online guides and case studies. The programme is coordinated by The Heritage Alliance and delivered through a partnership through Clore Leadership, Creative United, the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, and Media Trust. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Smaller charities can struggle to get their voice heard by the media. One way that charities earn media coverage is by responding to journalists’ requests for comment, case studies and statistics. Dot Star Media helps you find the best requests from Twitter without spending all day on Twitter. The service sends timely notifications for journalist requests that match your own topics areas and keywords. Dot Star Media is providing the service free of charge to qualifying registered charities.

The Foundation has posted free resources and templates on their website for charities to download. Topics range from recruitment, performance management, Trustee development, and much more. Examples include: Communications, Press and Influencing toolkit-this provides a detailed overview to help you and your small charity, achieve strong, impactful communications with as little demand on your time as possible. Risk Management Toolkit-is designed to help you manage risks and choose the right framework for your small charity. It will also help you identify, record, and create effective and better controls to manage your risks.

The Small Charities Coalition offers a free membership scheme to any UK charitable organisation with an annual income of less than £1million. Free membership gives access to: -Monthly bulletin full of practical tips -Access to a wide range of services and resources (though not all of these are free) -The chance to contribute views to influence national policy -Invitations to Coalition events, training and Trustee events -Members offers and discounts on certain services and products -Use of trustee finder to post your board vacancies.

Facebook has launched a fundraising facility called personal Fundraisers, letting users raise money for their causes. Fundraisers have to be over 18 and categories include education, medical, crisis-relief, personal emergency, funeral and loss, community, and sports.

The Fundraising Preference Service(FPS) is a website based service being developed by the Fundraising Regulator. It will allow members of the public to end direct marketing communications from charities they specify through a central system.The service will give the public greater control over the communications that they choose to receive from charities.A supporting helpline will also be available to help those who cannot access the service online. The service will launch in this summer. It will: -Help a member of the public if they are unhappy about being contacted by a specific charity or charities and would like to stop direct marketing communications -Support those who struggle to manage their charity communications, including vulnerable members of the public -Help charities to ensure their campaigns are targeted effectively by ensuring that individuals who do not wish to receive further communications are removed from their lists.


When people donate to a registered charity or a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC), it’s from income they’ve already been taxed on.Charities can, therefore, reclaim the equivalent of the basic rate of tax, increasing the value of the donation made. For every £1 donated, the charity can claim an extra 25p, so each £1 can become £1.25 for the cause.Various special rules apply for different types of donations, selling of goods, charity events, membership fees etc.

Good finance has produced a useful animation for measuring social impact to help charities tell the story of the change they make to their supporters, stakeholders and funders.

Helping community groups survive, to help young people thrive. Sported supports almost 3,000 amazing community groups that use the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people.

GRIN, which stands for ‘Grants Resources Information News’, is a friendly two person, co-operative with over 50 years’ experience of grants management, helping organisations apply for grant funding, and community regeneration. Although we’re based in the South West of England we advise organisations across the UK and even internationally.

The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies has produced some useful guidance for people who want to form a Community Interest Company(CIC),other stakeholders and those giving professional advice about CIC’s. Chapters are included on: -Creating a CIC -Asset Locks -Financing CIC’s, which includes a section of grant funding.


HMRC research suggests that 25% of charitable donations that are eligible for Gift Aid are not Gift Aided. This is especially likely to be the case for donations to small charities. So here is the guide for small charities on the advantages of Gift Aiding donations, which donations can be gift aided and how to make your first Gift Aid claim.


Inspiring Impact is a coalition of six national organisations with a vision of making social impact practice the norm in the voluntary sector. Their website is a treasure-trove of on-line resources to help you plan, understand, and improve your projects.

Investments that inspire, mobilising investment capital to tackle major social issues.



Website which aims to provide a comprehensive database for voluntary organisations and small businesses of business grants and soft loans.

Torbay 51st highest in country and highest in South-West in a new list of English constituencies where people of working age are at risk of in work poverty. -15% of working population in Torbay receiving out-of-work benefits -28.1% receiving child tax credit and/or working tax credit -12.3% classed as fuel poor -43.3% of workers employed in low pay sectors such as retail.administration and care -27.9% of working age population not qualified at NVQ 2 level or above -Ratio of lowest house prices to lowest earnings for full-time workers = 7.45


This website is all about making fundraising easy and fun, with ideas, tips and tricks that will help you raise money for good causes. The free website is for individuals and groups looking to raise money for charities, organisations, schools and more. The site provides guides and resources to make sure that the best practices are put into place when organising fundraising events, covering important topics such as health and safety and licensing considerations. Keep Fundraising hosts a library filled with fun and exciting fundraising ideas, broken down and into easy step-by-step guides, which “are guaranteed to make your fundraising a hit”

Many voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations are making plans to utilise the £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements for young people. In short, organisations will be able to employ someone aged 16-24 for 6 months, 25 hours per week on the national minimum wage at no extra cost to themselves. I Can Do That CIC, will be a local representative for the scheme and can advise if you cannot access 30 roles, as set out in the guidance. Contact Amanda Moss- [email protected] Tele: 01803 201332 Mob: 0791 505 3549


Event ideas, case studies, templates and step-by-step guides. Let’s Get Fundraising provides a one-stop-shop for all small fundraising groups.


A practical six-point guide full of useful tips and strategies to help you do this.

Check out supporting staff mental health and wellbeing from Mental Health at Work.


NESTA’s goals are to improve the ability of UK businesses to introduce innovation, and to encourage entrepreneurs to find solutions to social problems. Part of NESTA’s approach is enshrined in a scheme called The Lab. The Lab is a set of CORE WORK to improve public services. To do this, The Lab supplies social entrepreneurs with expertise and funding. Offers low interest loans (typically between £2000-£3000) for young people aged 18-30 who are starting in business. Grants are also sometimes awarded.

Every year NLCF gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. The money goes to community groups and to CORE WORK that improve health, education and the environment.


The government has produced this comprehensive for voluntary and community groups that organise all kinds of events. The guide helps organisations to plan and run successful events with a minimum of red tape.


Packed with information, case studies, checklists, templates and practical tools. The Community Hub handbook is a new, free resource that sets out how to run a thriving community hub and ensure its future is secure. The Handbook covers a wide range of business essentials such as building relationships, acquiring premises, securing sustainable income, marketing, staffing, governance and more.

Information from charity Commission about fraud, how to spot it and what you can do to protect against it.


Reach Volunteering connects UK-based non-profits with skilled volunteers. Charities with an annual turnover of less than £1 milion can access their platform free in order to source volunteers from among 7,000 professionals specialising in fields including IT. finance, marketing and communications and the law. To use the platform, create an account and post a “volunteer opportunity”. Once a volunteer responds, you can communicate with them directly. This process can take anything from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on location, time commitment to platform and the hours of volunteer work needed.

The following are now available on the South Devon and Torbay Knowledge and Intelligence(KIT) website : -Local guide to health needs assessments -Local guide to reviewing the literature -Local guide to social segmentation -Long term conditions health needs assessment (Devon) -Young carers health needs assessment (Torbay) -Population overview(Torbay) -Dental caries in young people(Torbay) -Excess weight in adults overview( South Devon and Torbay) -Self-harm overview( South Devon and Torbay).


Social Enterprise UK is a membership body for social enterprises. They are the leading global authority on social enterprise and the biggest network. They are the leading global authority on social enterprise and the biggest network of social enterprises in the UK. They are now offering free membership to start up social enterprises with a turnover under £100k.

Key steps to take when measuring your social impact. “If social impact is the heart of who you are as an organisation then measuring and more importantly, understanding, the social impact you create is just as important a keeping your finances in order” – Freelance journalist Claudia Cahalane.

Social investor which helps social enterprises, charities and community organisations prosper by providing innovative financial solutions and business support.

Ways to ensure your charity can carry on supporting its beneficiaries now and in the future. These pages provide actions to survive, tools to adapt and strategies to thrive.


This guide, co-produced with PDT Solicitors, explains what trustees need to know before their charity takes on a lease.

Charlotte Evans of the CLC has spoken to numerous people about the challenges they face at work. She shares what she has learnt about the benefits of flexible working, for employers and employees, with some practical hints and tips to think about.

We register and regulate charities in England and Wales, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence.

Is a guide to financial support for anyone undertaking UK related heritage projects. This is a useful starting point for navigating funding sources in the sector and provides around 400 updated listings detailing sources of grants from trusts and foundations, as well as organisations offering loan finance, awards, scholarships and other “in-kind” resources. The Directory’s entries cover historic buildings, landscapes, parks and gardens, churchyards and cemeteries, industrial heritage, archives, historic churches, museums, archaeology, the environment, heritage skills, conservation and more.

The above provides regular listings of all local authority open tender and procurement opportunities in the region. It’s regular email alerts and updates provide an excellent way of keeping up to date with contract opportunities available from Councils.

This toolkit is an initiative from the NLCF as part of the Emerging Futures programme, designed by RESOLVE collective and Civic Square. Across the UK people have been experiencing crisis and hope. Communities have come together in response, showing extraordinary resilience and creativity. How might it be sustained and built upon? Listening to communities and supporting them to imagine where they want to go from here feels like an important first step. The toolkit has been created so you can: -Listen to, and bear witness to, each other’s experiences -Turn your individual stories into shared narratives about your community -Imagine together about the kinds of future you want for your community -Discover ways you can take your ideas forward.

Torbay Lottery 2021 council

Good causes that sign-up to the Torbay Lottery not only benefit from receiving 60% of the profit from ticket sales from their fundraising page, but they also receive a host of marketing materials as well as their own Torbay Lottery web page. 10% of the ticket receipts go towards the Torbay Lottery Small Grants Fund, which is used to further support local causes each year .The Fund has distributed its awards for 2021 but will be open for applications again in February 2022, with grants of up to £2,000 being available for local charity, voluntary and community organisations to apply for the cost of a specific activity or for the purchase of small items of up to £2,000.

As part of Crowdfund Devon, Torbay Council are supporting small businesses and not-for-profit organisations within Torbay that aim to enrich the lives of residents and communities in the area, reducing inequalities and social isolation and supporting our community’s economy and culture. You could receive a pledge of up to £50% (maximum £5,000) towards your target once a minimum of 10 external pledges from the crowd are recorded and 25% of your initial target is raised.

News and funding opportunities organisations and individuals involved in culture, the arts, heritage, etc.

Offers a comprehensive range of banking services for social businesses, charities and groups along with a variety of savings accounts for individuals.

Free to use database which contains details of over 3,000 charitable funds that give grants and other support to individuals who may either: -Be financial need and have welfare needs, or -Require help with the costs associated with education and training courses.


Provides banking services and support to trade unions, charities and not-for-profit organisations.

A charity which supports ‘social entrepreneurs’, which it defines as “people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better”.


This is a professional network for early career fundraisers in the cultural sector, seeking to connect, engage and mentor their members. YAF believe that long term financial resilience and sustainability in the sector can be achieved by equipping early carer fundraisers with appropriate skills and networks. They hold monthly events, panel discussions with sector leaders, skills workshops, networking opportunities and speed mentoring. In partnership with the Institute of Fundraising Cultural Network (CSN) funded by the Arts Council as part of the IOF’s RAISE; Arts, Culture and Heritage programme, they also run an annual free mentoring scheme, which matches early career fundraisers with senior or director level development professionals from a wide range of cultural organisations across England.


The volunteering charity vinspired is launching a £1m scheme to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to engage in social action. The Inspired Card will give 14-30 year olds exclusive offers in exchange for donating time. The offers include: work placements; discounts from retailers and free tickets to gigs. The card will be available from the 4th June. You can register your interest in the scheme now.