Researching possible donors and funders

01 May 2023

Successful fundraising and grant applications begin with research into possible donors and funders

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Useful tips when researching possible donors and funders

There are a number of factors to consider when looking for funders, so we have developed some simple tips to help you organise your research

  • Think about the type of potential funder that you want to approach. There are several types of potential funders including trusts, foundations, corporate funders, statutory bodies and philanthropic individuals who may be able to support your activities.
  • Understand the potential funder’s areas of interest, the fit with your church and the projects/activities which need funding. The funder may be interested in the restoration of church buildings, promoting Christianity or reaching marginalised community groups.
  • Funders have different application procedures, so it is important to note any key elements in their process including deadlines. Some may require an application form to be completed while others have an online quiz to assess your suitability for their grants.
  • Think about the target amount that you will be seeking from this donor, taking their areas of interest and track record into consideration.
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This guidance is provided for information purposes and is general and educational in nature. Nothing constitutes legal advice. You are free to choose whether or not to use it and it should not be considered a substitute for seeking professional legal help in specific circumstances. Where links are provided to third-party sites and resources, these links are provided for your information only. Ecclesiastical is not responsible for the contents of those sites or resources.

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Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public is also available from the Charities Regulator here