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Funding

Getting funding can seem very complicated if you have never tried it before. However, while some of the funding application forms can seem daunting, in most cases the funders do want to give their money to exciting projects and events. Many can help you through their funding process directly if you give them a call or visit their website.

Southwark's events team does not have a funding budget, but will help by looking at your funding application before you send it off or by providing a reference if we have worked with you before and know your event or project.

Some things to consider

Before seeking funding for your event, it is important that you understand how to manage an event budget. The London Events Toolkit offers useful information that highlights key things that must be considered such as realistic budgeting, sponsorship opportunities and contingency funds.

When applying to a funding body make sure that you:

  • Understand their criteria for allocating funding, make sure you meet the criteria and show this within your application
  • Find out from the funder how you apply to them. It might be an application form or maybe a letter with a project outline
  • Know how much you can apply for, ensure you are realistic about how much you require and that any budgets you enclose with your application are correct
  • Complete all of the application and enclose any additional evidence that they request
  • Always keep a copy of your application form and any additional documents for reference

Need some help?

These local organisations may be able to advise and support you in applying for funding

These and other organisations in Southwark offer training, information sheets and guidance notes to help you in applying for funding, getting sponsorship, and setting up as a voluntary organisation.

Who can apply for funding?

The rules may be different for each fund so it's always best to check with the funder directly. To apply for most grants your organisation will need to have:

  • Management committee of at least three people
  • Governing document (constitution or set of rules)
  • Bank account with at least 2 signatories (although some funders will allow another organisation to receive a grant on your behalf)
  • Record of annual income and expenditure (or how you will do this if your group is new)
  • Child protection policy, if you will be working with children
  • Quotes for items over £1,000

You normally do not need to be a registered charity/company.

Available funding streams

For ideas of who to approach for funding, follow the links to the organisations below.

Congratulations

If you are lucky enough to be allocated some funding, make sure that you keep your funder up to date with how the project is going. Even if things aren't going as planned, they maybe able to help or offer advice. Ensure that you invite them to any events, launches or openings.

In most cases you'll be required to do a project report for the funder so good documentation and evaluation of your project is crucial, as well as helpful if you're planning to repeat it.

If you are unlucky and don't receive the funding you were planning for make sure you ask the funder for some feedback - this will help you with future applications. Some funders allow you to reapply to them please check this with funders directly.

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