Access to funding is a recurring issue for voluntary organisations. Clinks offers support by providing Members with free access to the Open 4 Funding database, producing helpful resources as part of the Local Grants Forum, and providing regularly updated statistics on crime and reoffending that can be used to demonstrate the needs of local areas.
Clinks members receive free access to Open 4 Funding, a funding database which enables you to search for funding specific to your area of work. From core costs and building repairs, through to project costs and workforce development, Open 4 Funding holds over 4,000 UK and EU funding programmes. To apply for Membership and make use of Open 4 Funding click here.
Clinks is a member of Grants for Good, a coalition of charities which believe in the huge value of government grant-making to the voluntary sector and which aims to protect it. Grant funding empowers charities and voluntary groups to identify and solve problems, and address needs in a way which is centred around people. Over the last decade, however, this vital resource has been rapidly disappearing, replaced by more restrictive and inflexible contracts. Our aim is to reverse this trend. The image below describes the many advantages of grant funding. Our broad strategy is to mobilise a movement in the voluntary and community sector in favour of grant funding, which can begin to influence commissioners and politicians. Find out how you can get involved on the DSC website here
We have produced an easy-to-use-toolkit to give you access to local statistics and information on crime and reoffending, anti social behaviour, arrests by ethnicity, victims of crime, substance misuse, violence against women and girls, youth crime and hate crime. This toolkit can be used to collect evidence and demonstrate the needs of your local area when applying for funding. Download the toolkit here.
5 Ways to protect grant funding (2012) - Grants are an essential part of a strong voluntary sector. When public bodies cut grant funding or move from grants to contracts they damage local charities and community groups. This leaflet will help you influence your local funders and challenge unfair decisions.