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Funding guides and books


We have two guides to help you find and apply for funding.  We have stopped publishing thematic guides as these were out of date quickly.

The key steps to applying for funding [1.1 MB] [pdf] (May 2019)

Good practice on EU project development and management [2.6 MB] [pdf] (April 2016)


Libraries are a good source of information with lots of free books about grant-making trusts and how to apply.

Most of these titles are reference books for use in the library only. You can just drop in and start using them straight away. Click the book titles to find out which libraries have them.

Directory of Grant Making Trusts 2020/21

Grant-making trusts are a major source of funding for charitable activity. This guide provides a directory of the largest 2,000 trusts and foundations in the UK.

Guide to Educational Grants 2018/19

Details of over 1,100 sources of non-statutory education grants. These bodies award over £55 million each year.

Guide to Major Trusts 2019/20

Details of the 1,000 largest trusts who award around £3 billion each year. Includes advice on how to apply and what grant-makers are looking for.

Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2020

Details of funds and other support available for individuals. A resource for advice and social workers as well as individuals.

The Complete Fundraising Handbook 2019

This volume gives a thorough overview of the strategies, skills and techniques needed by those who raise money for charity. It contains case studies of successful fundraising, and contains new material on direct marketing.