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‘Funding Available’ – Notes from Andrew Devon’s Talk on How To Get Funding

May 10, 2010

Funding Available

  1. 1.      Statutory Funding



Various funding streams but many concerned with employment issues, enterprise and cultural exchanges. 


Funding provided from Government departments.  Examples of Government departments (you will have to contact each department to see what funding is available):



Funding from the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)  SEEDA is the Government funded agency set up in 1999 responsible for the economic and social development of the South East of England – the driving force of the UK’s economy.  They have funds from Government to invest directly in a range of economic and social development programmes, and they are in a position to help secure European Union and private sector investment for the region.


West Sussex County Council –—funding/

East Sussex County Council –


Brighton & Hove Council –

Local Authority

e.g.  Arun District Council. 


e.g. Littlehampton Town Council


e.g. Ferring Parish Council 


  1. 2.      Lottery Funding

For every £1 that the public spends on Lottery tickets 28 pence goes to the Lottery good causes. These are the arts, charities and voluntary groups, heritage, health, education, the environment and sports. Lottery funders are the organisations that distribute the good causes’ money to local communities and national projects.  

Examples of Lottery Funders:

  • Arts Council England – Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery.
  • Awards for All – Awards for All is a Lottery grants programme aimed at local communities.
  • Big Lottery Fund – The Big Lottery Fund is committed to improving communities and the lives of people most in need.
  • Heritage Lottery Fund – The Heritage Lottery Fund uses money from the National Lottery to give grants for a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom.
  • Olympic Lottery Distributor – The Olympic Lottery Distributor’s remit is to support the delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Olympic Lottery Distributor is not currently running any open funding rounds.
  • Sport England – Sport England invests in projects that help people to start, stay and succeed in sport and physical activity at every level.
  • UK Film Council – As the lead agency for film, the UK Film Council aims to stimulate a competitive, successful and vibrant UK film industry and culture, both now and for the future.
  • UK Sport – Working in partnership to lead sport in the UK to world-class success.


For more information on each funder go to


  1. 3.      Charitable Trusts

A charitable trust is a charity themselves that provides grants to other charities and sometimes to non-charities.  There are approximately 9,000 charitable trusts in the UK.  They give out approximately £750 million per year.  Major trusts include the Tudor Trust, Henry Smith Charity, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust.  Local trusts include the Sussex Community Foundation and the Argus Appeal.

  1. 4.      Companies

They give out approximately £600m per year in various forms such as Cash Donations; Gifts in Kind; Payroll Giving; Secondments and Volunteers. 


  1. 5.      The Public

No exact measure of how much the public give per annum but as a rough estimate £1.3billion.  Examples of how they give: Individual donations including gift aid; standing orders and direct debits; membership schemes; collection tins, face-to-face collections and envelope drops; sponsoring events; TV advert;  and legacies.

Andrew Devon runs Salvia Fundraising, – a fundraising and training consultancy, based in East Sussex, helping charities and other not-for-profit organisations throughout the UK. Andrew’s main experience is in raising funds from charitable trusts and foundations. He also has experience in raising funds from the statutory sector, companies, through Church groups, the public, door-to-door and street collections, events, and from Europe.

To contact Andrew email or phone 01273 207626


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