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Funding and fundraising

Finding the right type of funding for your Photo of moneyneeds can often seem a complex task, however, Support Staffordshire and our team of experienced staff are here to help and support you in maximising your chances of success.

To access our funding support service, sign up now to become a member of Support Staffordshire. 

Support Staffordshire can help with

  • Identify different funds you can apply to for your organisation or project
  • Develop your skills around writing funding applications and tenders
  • Provide opportunities to meet major funders such as Big Lottery 
  • Produce a realistic budget for your project idea
  • Develop your funding applications and tenders
  • Refine your applications by giving feedback on your draft applications and tenders.

Support Staffordshire can now offer more specialist advice and in depth support to maximise your fundraising through trusts and foundations. Our experienced funding adviser offers: 

•    Support with overall fundraising strategy and planning

•    Training on preparing and writing applications for grant funding

•    Support with research for grant funding applications and tenders

•    Proof reading of grant funding applications

•    Writing of grant funding applications and tenders

  For a free chat about your needs speak to your local office.

Support Staffordshire can also provide support to any voluntary or community group, or social enterprise which is involved with applying for European Social Funds (ESF) or is delivering activity under an ESF project.

Esther Jones is the ESF Voluntary Sector Adviser funded through ESF Technical Assistance for two days a week. She is available to help any group in Stoke or Staffordshire with applications, monitoring requirements, claims processes and evidence gathering, or any aspect of your organisation relevant to you delivering a service with ESF funding.

Esther can be contacted on 01538 381356 or by email esther.jones@supportstaffordshire.org.uk


Monthly E-bulletin - Our monthly e-bulletin is packed full of information relevant to your organisation or group.  It will have also contain a regular funding feature to alert you to new and available funding opportunities.  You can sign up to receive our free monthly e-bulletin here.

Funding Central - This is a funding search website managed by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). You can search for grants, contracts, and loan finance for your charity, voluntary organisation, or social enterprise.  You can also sign up to get email alerts when new funding information becomes available.  Visit Funding Central

Tender opportunities - The following links will take you to live tender opportunities being publicised by local authorities in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.  Some of these opportunities might be particularly relevant to your organisation or the people using your services.     

Staffordshire County Council

Cannock Chase District Council

East Staffordshire Borough Council

Lichfield District Council

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council                  

South Staffordshire District Council

Stafford Borough Council

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Tamworth Borough Council


Crowdfunding is a way of raising funding for a project or idea by asking a large number of people each for a small amount of money. Usually, those seeking funds will set up a profile of their project on a website and then use social media, alongside traditional networks of friends, family and work colleagues, to raise money.

Institute of Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is the professional membership body for UK fundraising and is the largest individual representative body in the voluntary sector. They support fundraisers through representation, standards-setting and professional development, and champion and promote fundraising as a career choice.

Gift Aid 

The Gift Aid scheme enables UK registered charities to reclaim the basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs on personal donations from UK taxpayers, currently adding 25p every time an individual donates £1 to your charity, at no extra cost to the donor.

Lottery Funding

Arts Council England logo

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. They fund a wide range of activities – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, crafts to collections.

Big Lottery Fund logo


The Big Lottery Fund is committed to improving communities and the lives of people most in need.  They fund  millions of pounds of the National Lottery's good cause money to community groups and charitable projects around the UK.

Heritage Lottery Fund logo

The Heritage Lottery Fund uses money from the National Lottery to support a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the UK.



Sport England logo


Sport England is committed to investing in organisations and community projects that will get more people playing sport and creating opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

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For further information, or an informal chat, about how we can help you on this subject or any other, please contact your locality office during their opening hours, or on 0300 777 1207 anytime Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm. You can also email us at consultancy@supportstaffordshire.org.uk