Tips for searching for grants
- You do not have to fill in every category.
- You can browse the results you have got at any time
- You can remove and add new criteria at any time
- The more information about yourself that you are able to use, the more accurate the matches you will find. So think about every aspect of your background and circumstances.
- Few people have ‘careers for life’ these days, so when searching for help from occupational charitable funds, think about all the jobs that you have had in your working life. For instance, if you have served in the armed forces, even though this was some years ago, it is likely that you will qualify for help from one of their charitable funds.
- Also think about the trades, industries or companies you have worked in as some occupational grant-giving charities give to people who have worked in a particular one, whether their job was as a managing director or a cleaner. For instance, the Bank Workers Charity, Grocery Aid and the Retail Trust.
- There are charitable funds set up to help in ways you might not expect. So think of as many aspects of your life as possible that might help you qualify for help from a charitable fund. For example, charities that help people with particular surnames or attended a particular school.
- If you don't find what you want first time, refine your search by adding and removing search criteria. You are likely to see different results.
- Try to find a balance between putting in too much information and not enough. Too much and you'll end up filtering out charitable funds that may be able to help. Not enough and you'll end up wading through pages of charities that are not relevant to the person you are working with.
- Use keywords to track down charitable funds with a more defined focus. This helps you to find charities that support people who have a specific nationality, or work in one profession or live in a particular place. For instance, 'Scotland'; 'gardeners' or 'French'.
- When you finish your search and get a list of funds that may be able to help you, check their qualifying rules again before making an enquiry. This is because you may find your search results contain some that will not be able to help you. The secret is to find a connection between your background or circumstances and the group of people the charities help.
- Many funds also help the dependents of people their fund supports – e.g. their partners, ex-partners or children. Make sure you search on details for the person needing help's partner/spouse/ex-partner/ex-spouse, where relevant, as well as those related to the individual. If you are searching for help for a dependant child, search on the parents'/guardians' details as well as those related to the child.
Last updated: 26 September 2014