Funding and finance

In 2014/15, the sector's income was £45.5bn; nearly 80% of its funding was from individuals and government. Donations from individuals generated £7.6bn, accounting for 17% of total income, while contracts and grants from government bodies, worth £15.3bn, generate a third of the sector’s income (34%).

Find out more on the top issues in the funding and finance environment below, along with our most recent blogs.

If you’re looking for practical advice on funding, check out the guides on the NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit knowledge bank, or Funding Central to search for funding opportunities. There’s information specifically on our contracts and commissioning work on our public services pages and on Knowhow.

What we're working on

Brexit and European Social Funds

European funding is an important source of income for the voluntary sector. We estimate the sector received approximately £350-450m from the EU in 2014/15. We’ve been making the case to government for a successor fund to European Social Funds (ESF) to be put in place following Brexit. Get in touch with our senior policy officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

Review of charity tax

In Autumn 2017, NCVO will be setting up an independent commission to review the charity tax system. Read our chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington’s letter (pdf, 276KB) to the Chancellor Phillip Hammond outlining our plans. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Spring Budget 2017

The Spring Budget was on 8 March. Read our analysis of the Chancellor's speech.

Find out more about funding and finance

  • The 2017 UK Civil Society Almanac provides an overview of the voluntary sector’s scope and characteristics, such as its finances, workforce, and volunteering. This includes analysis of long term trends to track how the sector is changing over time.
  • In April 2016 we published Understanding the Capacity and Need to take on Investment within the Social Sector (pdf, 723KB) that should help social investors zone in on the charities and social companies for whom social investment is most likely to be relevant.
  • NCVO’s Navigating Change (pdf, 3.1MB) report, commissioned by Lloyds Bank Foundation, explored the finances of 40,000 small and medium-sized charities to improve our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that they face.
  • NCVO’s Financial Sustainability Review of the Voluntary Sector (July 2015, pdf, 837KB) analysed trends in the sector’s income, expenditure and assets over the economic recession and recovery, and how headline figures of the sector’s finances have masked vastly different experiences of the wider economic recovery between smaller and larger charities.
  • If you’d like to get in touch about a funding and finance issue, drop a line to our senior policy officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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