Local Funders

Here are our pick’s for local & national grants & funders.

Fundraising can be for a specific project or just to help you stay afloat. Knowing what you need the funds for will dictate the kind of fundraising you participate in.
Reliance on a particular fundraising strand can leave you vulnerable if that money disappears, so a diversified fundraising strategy is most effective.

Fundraising can be an important part of maintaining and growing your voluntary and community sector organisation and it can take many forms.
If you would like advice about fundraising please contact Jackie Leslie, our Funding Advisor for Bracknell Forest & Wokingham Borough: jackie.leslie@involve.community

Local Grants

Every year Bracknell Town Council makes a number of grants available to local organisations involved in delivering valued services to the Bracknell community.

Providing advice, distributing grants and raising the profile of local charities and community groups addressing identified need across Berkshire.

The Community Fund is open to customers of Silva Homes, voluntary groups and not-for–profit organisations working in our communities in Bracknell Forest.

Legal & General Homes are committed to delivering our Social Value and have pledged to donate £2,000 every quarter to be divided between three local charities at each of their sites.

Annual Grants for projects which are in the interests of, and which will bring direct benefit to local parish inhabitants 

The Earley Charity is a local grant-making charity serving Earley and east Reading. Its history goes back some 300 years. It is now one of the largest local grant-making charities in central southern England.

Wokingham Town Council’s Vision is to encourage the life and vibrancy of Wokingham Town for its existing and future residents and businesses.

Operating a relief in need endowed fund to help needy people resident in the parishes of Wokingham, Wokingham Without, St.Nicholas Hurst, Ruscombe and Finchampstead who are in poverty, hardship or distress.

Annually, Wokingham Without Parish Council considers requests for grants to assist organisations involved in delivering valued services to the local community.

National Grants

Comic Relief’s vision is to create a just world free from poverty. They do this by funding and investing in amazing organisations across the UK and around the world. 

Funds Online is DSC’s all-new funding website. Access to over 8,000 funders giving a total of £8 billion!

The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery.


Online Fundraising:

Online fundraising platforms have become a vital fundraising stream for charities and individuals who want to raise money quickly and easily with minimal outlay. These platforms enable fundraisers to make an emotional connection with donors through a real-world story and regular updates, and can provide donors with an immediate sense of impact.

Street Collections

If you want to collect money or sell items on the street for charity, you will need a street collection licence, depending on your local council. Here are the links to some of the local council’s in Berkshire:

You can also collect funds elsewhere or you can find your local council’s licencing applications by searching using your postcode:


Anyone can leave money to a charity in their will – this is known as a legacy. You can make it easier for people to leave a legacy to your charity as part of your fundraising activities.

Legacy fundraising is a delicate subject. You may have to deal with difficult situations such as talking to people about what happens after they die, or talking to family members after someone has died. You, your trustees and staff should be sensitive to all involved.

The Institute of Fundraising has guidance on the principles to be aware of, how to communicate with the public about legacies, and special groups for sharing ideas.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is an income tax relief designed to benefit charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs). If you’re a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid increases the value of charity donations by 25%, because the charity can reclaim the basic rate of tax on gifts – at no extra cost to the donator.

Charities can claim Gift Aid on most donations, but some payments do not qualify.