Identifying and accessing  funding is an ongoing challenging for most voluntary and community organisations.  The links and resources below have been selected to help you decide where to apply for funding and how to go about making your case. 

We won't be listing individual grants here because there are other online databases (listed below) that do that already. We list individual sources of funding here; this list is not comprehensive but may be a good place to begin your funding search. We will however send out a semi-regular 'Funding and Developing' bulletin featuring key local and national grants - to sign up please fill in your details here.

You are welcome to contact THCVS for in-person or e-mail based fundraising assistance. We don't write applications for our clients but we can help you put a plan together and come up with a budget. Our Development team will be happy to look through draft bids and give comments and suggestions.  Please call 020 8980 8427 for more information.

Funding from Tower Hamlets council

Tower Hamlets council administers a range of grants; you can find information about the main grants avilable to voluntary and community organisations on their community grants pages.

Funding databases

Funding Central from NCVO is easy to use, frequently updated and can help you to narrow down your grants search in order to find the most appropriate sources of funding.  Use keywords and categories to guide your searches or see their list of London updates here. is a detailed and up-to-date news and information website about new sources of funding for all those involved in raising money for not for profit organisations throughout the UK.  Subscription isn't free but you can sign up for a free temporary password to have a look around.

The Directory of Social Change runs several subscription based funding websites:  Trustfunding, Governmentfunding, Companygiving and Grantsforindividuals, which enable charities to access sustainable and broad-based sources of revenue.

Civil Society Webpage

Visit  Civil Society Webpage to find out which GLA grants are open to Civil Society Organisations. Here you can also find out further information about ongoing projects and the GLA offer to Civil Society organisations.

GLA Grant Data on 360 Giving

 City Hall has joined over 80 other organisations in publishing grant and funding data through the 360 Giving Initiative. This aims to help drive better decision-making throughout London, and ultimately support civil society.

360Giving is a charity which aims to improve transparency in grant-giving, in an open and standardised format. As a large funder within London, this is an opportunity for City Hall to lead by example, to contribute to 360Giving's aim of building a more complete picture of grant making, and to take a definitive step to make its public data open and accessible to all. 360Giving has a free-to-use platform GrantNav, which enables users to search, compare and download data from 360Giving. This allows anyone to explore how grants are used, areas of common funding and funding gaps. 



Fundraising Essentials is a short article (first published in the autumn 2015 edition of our magazine The Sparrow) covering some of the key elements of fundraising, including some hits and tips for writing a good quality application.

Getting Funding and Planning Successful Projects from the Big Lottery is a great guide to outcomes and fundraising.

The funding and income section of the KnowHow NonProfit pages offers a great accessible overview of issues like fundraising, commissioning and trading.

The Introduction to Fundraising pages from the Institute of Fundraising contain a huge amount of information, from tips on getting started, to advice on data protection and raising money at events.

The Income Spectrum (NCVO) is a guide to help identify the right mix of funding streams for your organisation.

London Funders' quick guide for fund seekers is a brief overview of how to find funding applicable to the voluntary and community sector. 

10 Steps to Successful Grant Applications from j4bcommunity is a neat and clear starter guide to the key things you need in order to access funding.

Support organisations

THCVS can also provide advice and guidance on fundraising, including feedback on draft funding applications. You can find out more about the support we offer here