Accelerating funding support and securing millions to help people in crisis

Richard Bolton, Charitable Trusts Fundraiser at The Trussell Trust comments: “We were attracted by GRANTfinder because it offered reliable and timely information on funders. It also has a superb built-in function that enables us to cascade information across all departments of The Trussell Trust and, most significantly, to every foodbank in the network.”

Richard Bolton, Charitable Trusts Fundraiser, The Trussell Trust

Challenge: Driving funding nationwide to combat hunger and poverty

Established in 1997, The Trussell Trust partners with local communities, working to prevent hunger across the UK. With a network exceeding 420 foodbanks operating out of more than 1,200 centres nationwide, the Trust provides a vital service to those in crisis and relies on volunteers and external funding to thrive.

In order to realise its vision of bringing communities together to end hunger and poverty, The Trust required a solution to help it source, identify and apply for funding in a timely, hassle-free manner. While the internet and paper directories could be scoured, they failed to offer a method that was accurate and quick enough for the team’s needs.

“The solution functions as a one-stop shop of funding information for us – so much so, it’s helped us identify a multitude of smaller funders. In the last financial year, over £100,000 of opportunities were sourced this way. We’ve also submitted several significant applications based on GRANTfinder information – the largest being for more than £3 million which we hope will have a positive outcome.”

Solution: Implementing GRANTfinder – a one-stop shop for funding information

The Trussell Trust partnered with GRANTfinder to help it identify a greater number of funding streams and maximise its financial potential.

Delivering unparalleled access to thousands of funding opportunities, the platform provides real-time updates and advanced search capabilities, allowing the team to quickly and easily identify relevant funding programmes that could otherwise be missed.

A key benefit is GRANTfinder’s automated email alert feature based on saved searches, which has been instrumental in helping The Trust share opportunities with its foodbank network.

Richard Bolton, Charitable Trusts Fundraiser at The Trussell Trust comments: “We were attracted by GRANTfinder because it offered reliable and timely information on funders. It also has a superb built-in function that enables us to cascade information across all departments of The Trussell Trust and, most significantly, to every foodbank in the network.”

“Using the solution, we’re able to triage grant opportunities efficiently. I use it daily to monitor new funds as they appear, and I’m now able to quickly share information about important funds to head office and Area Managers. Back in the day, I used paper directories and a number of search machines – none of
them even come close to the features offered by GRANTfinder.”

Outcomes: More than £1 million secured in funding with support from GRANTfinder

Since implementing GRANTfinder three years ago, The Trussell Trust has experienced significant benefits including time and resource savings and, most importantly, an improvement in its funding income. In the last financial year, trust fundraising alone contributed almost £1.2 million to the wider £6.63 million funding pot, with Richard reporting GRANTfinder as being integral to that success.

He continued: “Thanks to GRANTfinder, we’re able to provide in-depth support to our foodbank network – something we couldn’t do previously. All foodbanks receive alerts tailored to their postcode – how good is that?!”

“The solution functions as a one-stop shop of funding information for us – so much so, it’s helped us identify a multitude of smaller funders. In the last financial year, over £100,000 of opportunities were sourced this way. We’ve also submitted several significant applications based on GRANTfinder information – the largest being for more than £3 million which we hope will have a positive outcome.”

As well as delivering time and resource savings, GRANTfinder is renowned for its extensive funding content, easy-to-use functionality, reporting capabilities, and supporting services like training and consultancy. This all-round offer of information, experience and expertise is what enables UK’s leading public sector bodies, private businesses, consultants and charitable and voluntary sector organisations to identify and secure the most relevant funding for their projects.

For more information about how GRANTfinder is helping hundreds of organisations maximise their funding potential, request a demo here.

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