Fundraising Briefing & Resources

What is fundraising? Find out how to get your volunteers & supporters raising donations for your cause, plus discover our picks for local & national grants & funders.
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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:

Fundraising Resources

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. However, legacy fundraising is a delicate subject. 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.

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.

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

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.

Each year, when setting the budget and planning for the following financial year, the Council can make an allocation of funds towards Community Halls and Community Grants.

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

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

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. 

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

The Esmee Fairburn Foundation provides funding for various charitable causes that are aiming to help build an inclusive, creative and sustainable society.

The Lloyds Bank Foundation partners with small and local charities across England and Wales, helping people overcome complex social issues.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent social change organisation working to solve UK poverty by providing funding to various charities and community groups.

Funding Alerts

As well as offering direct funding and grant application support and advice, we also have a Funding Alerts mailing list. You can sign up to receive our alerts in order to get accurate and up to date information on local and national grants and funders that are currently accepting applications. These alerts will be sent straight to your email inbox, providing you with plenty of regular opportunities to apply for various funds for your charity.

Funding Documents

Below is a list of various documents for sector specific funding offered by various trust and foundations; they can act great starting point for looking at what sort of grants are out there to help your organisation. Please note though that these documents aren’t updated regularly so some of the information and opportunities listed may not be fully correct or up to date.

•  Consolidated List of Coronavirus Emergency Funding – April – June 2020

•  Children and Young People – June 2018
•  Children’s Nurseries and Childcare – December 2017
•  Churches – December 2017
•  Community Projects – September 2019
•  Cultural Activities – August 2017
•  Community Activities – August 2017
•  Core/Running Costs – February 2018
•  Creative Arts – June 2016
•  Dementia – November 2019
•  Animal Welfare – November 2019

•  Funding and Volunteers – September 2017
 Holidays, Trips and Activities – May 2016
•  Funding for Minibuses – June 2016
•  Adult Mental Health – March 2020
•  Training Courses & Workshops – May 2016
•  Sport & Getting Active – September 2018
•  Homelessness – July 2018
•  Local Companies – December 2016
•  Disability – March 2018