Sustainable funding is based on the idea that organisations are most at risk if too much of their funding is concentrated in one source – this could be from one income stream or from one funder. The key to achieving sustainability is an understanding of the diverse and durable funding streams available as well as a sound understanding of financial management and strategic planning.
Funding consultancy is a core area of work for NCVO's Consultancy Team
We provide a range of pioneering tools, training, consultancy and resources that encourage and enable voluntary and community organisations to develop and implement a sustainable income strategy. NCVO member organisations benefit from discounts on some of our resources. Not an NCVO member? Find out more about NCVO membership.
KnowHow Nonprofit is our main advice and support website and the ‘go to’ place for social learning in the voluntary sector. You'll find anything from expert advice and top tips to bite-sized how-to guides and online training courses on any area of voluntary sector management.
View sustainable funding resources on Knowhow Nonprofit.
StudyZone video training courses
StudyZone is the video training platform of the voluntary sector. Our practical, bite-sized videos are delivered by top trainers and consultants and cover all areas of voluntary sector management. NCVO member organisations benefit from a 30% discount on any StudyZone course or subscription. Watch our courses on sustainable funding straight from your desk:
- Introduction to sustainable funding
- Write a winning funding bid
- Preparing successful bids and tenders for the public sector
- Fundraising, finances and the future: five-in-one training pack
- Setting up a social enterprise
- Innovating to survive and grow
How-tos are practical, step-by-step guides written by our KnowHow community. Here are the current top five how-to guides on funding:
- How to fundraise in tough times
- How to make a start evaluating your funding mix
- How to recruit major donors
- How to find the right idea for your trading activity
- How to launch a fundraising appeal
At NCVO we offer bespoke, specialist advice on sustainable funding to voluntary and community organisations striving to make a difference.
Funding Central is our free website providing access to thousands of the latest funding and finance opportunities from European, national, regional and local government as well as from charitable sources.
European Union (EU) grants provide huge opportunities for civil society organisations. View our European Funding Network website for funding opportunities, good practice and much more.
Social investment or loan finance is any investment activity which has a social outcome and a financial return. As voluntary and community organisations grow and develop, they need to consider which funding and financing options will be most useful and, ultimately, most sustainable in the long term. Read more about social investment.
Training and events
The NCVO Certificate in Sustainable Funding provides a unique opportunity to be supported by NCVO over a period of several months. You will acquire key knowledge and skills, explore how they can be applied to your organisation and contribute to a workable strategy. At the end of the programme your sustainable funding strategy will be reviewed by an NCVO consultant. Why not apply for your place on the next course? NCVO members receive a 30% discount.
What NCVO believes about funding cuts, giving and philanthropy
Grants and contracts with the state now represent almost a third of the income the voluntary sector receives and there is an ongoing debate on the relationship between the sector and the state.
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