GRANTfinder – by far Europe’s largest and most comprehensively supported funding service of its type – is a user-friendly funding tool carrying in excess of 9,000 UK and EU funding programmes and 4,000 policy items – a reservoir of information that is constantly growing and continuously updated.
Funding opportunities are identified through searching on the following key criteria: who you are, where you are, what you are doing, and who your beneficiaries are. GRANTfinder’s advanced filtering system goes one step further in allowing you to filter your results at the results listing stage, according to funding amount, funding type, funding source, geographic scope, status and those schemes that have been newly added or modified.
GRANTfinder’s search mechanism does not simply identify funding opportunities for up-and-coming projects. Our Text and Organisation search facilities allow you to scan the funding tool quickly for a particular programme or provider, without a project in mind.
In the same way, the Update Bulletin, listing the most recent changes to the funding landscape, opens a further window on the latest funding opportunities that are available to your organisation.
The funding sources we report on range from EC and UK Government sources, including Government departments, local authorities, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors. As well as grants, we report information on awards, loans, venture capital and advisory programmes.
Information on GRANTfinder is jargon-free and presented in plain English. Following an initial search, GRANTfinder presents you with information at two levels of detail:
Hyperlinks to e-mail and web addresses are provided in every detailed report, offering you a direct line of communication to each funding provider.
GRANTfinder updates its information on a continuous basis. As soon as a member of our Research team sources a new scheme or updates a deadline, the updated information will feature automatically in any search you run.
In a number of ways! Including:
Our Update Bulletin is delivered directly to your inbox on a regular basis and provides a snapshot of the most important changes to the funding environment over the last seven days. With full access to the GRANTfinder detailed reports, it can be customised to display only those subjects or locations of interest and then forwarded to third parties such as community groups and colleagues as part of an External Funding service. You can also access the latest Bulletin and a sample of the most recent funding highlights by clicking the Bulletins tab on the main toolbar.
News alerts are sent out on a periodic basis to bring your attention to the most imminent and newsworthy funding and policy news. Selecting the ‘My updates’ tab in the My Resources section of GRANTfinder will allow you to set up personalised alerts according to subjects areas and locations of interest.
Activating an email alert on a saved search means that you never have to search for funding for a project more than once! Simply check the ‘receive email alerts’ box when saving a search in order to be sent an e-mail advising you of any updated or new funding programmes that match your criteria as and when they change. You can also specify the frequency of these alerts, with the option of receiving them daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Email alerts can be de-activated at any time in the ‘My Folders’ section of the site).
Personalising your homepage
The GRANTfinder website allows you to personalise your homepage according to your individual needs and purposes. Click on the ‘Personalise this page’ button in the top-right corner of the homepage and specify the content sections and the subject areas and locations of interest to you. Clicking ‘save’ will ensure that all of the content featured on your homepage covers funding and policy news of relevance.
The GRANTfinder reference library covers a number of different subjects which will help support you in applying for funding - whether you need advice on writing a business plan, implementing funding strategies, putting in place a constitution or applying to Europe. We are happy for you to distribute content from an article in order to inform others. Should you wish to do so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request permission.
Detailed funding report features
When you view a detailed funding report, there are two key features which allow you to obtain inside knowledge from colleagues:
Create a task list
Creating your own task list means that you can keep on top of the key upcoming funding and policy activities affecting your work. Simply create a new task from your homepage or when viewing a particular scheme, or create and edit tasks in the My Tasks sub-folder of the My Resources section. You are able to set a due date and a reminder date and sign off tasks as and when they are completed. A great way to stay alert!
Produce a report
Once you have run a funding search, GRANTfinder provides the opportunity to produce a bespoke report. Simply select the schemes that you would like to include in the report, click the ‘Product Report’ button on the search results page and select the required report template. The report is exported in Word and can be circulated to colleagues and third parties as an external funding service.
The GRANTfinder blog is updated regularly by our team of dedicated funding researchers. Here, you can stay informed of the latest trends, topics and developments in the funding and policy world, so that you can be confident that you are always one step ahead.
GRANTfinder Twitter feed
The funding and policy landscape changes at a rapid pace and we understand that you might not always have the time to return to the website and search for the latest funding opportunities. Our Twitter account @grantfinder_uk allows you to view the very latest announcements and on-trend funding and policy information in bite-sized chunks.
Access to GRANTfinder is through subscription. To arrange a demonstration at your offices, contact our Sales Department on tel: 0870 333 7101, or visit the Contact Us page of the GRANTfinder site.
GRANTfinder’s reported funding opportunities are updated and maintained by a 15-strong in-house Research team. Each concentrates on a particular area of funding and regularly researches and writes content for the GRANTfinder blog. Our researchers are trained copywriters and editorial specialists who are able to take often complex funding guidelines and policy papers and present them in an easily digestible format. With many decades of funding experience, the Research team is solely dedicated to searching for new funding opportunities all day and every day.
Yes, there are two ways in which to do this:
Yes. Where the funding provider makes reference to a requirement for match funding, GRANTfinder will include this in a specific section of the detailed report entitled Match Funding Restrictions. Here, information is provided, where known, on the acceptability of match funding in kind.
Anyone who works for your organisation and wishes to stay ahead in terms of grant funding may access GRANTfinder once your organisation has purchased a licence.
At GRANTfinder, we place great emphasis on client satisfaction and retention. In order to provide fully for the individual needs of our extensive range of clients, we have over the last 25 years developed a wide range of products and services from which we are able to select the most appropriate to suit your particular organisation's needs. To request a no-obligation and completely free-of-charge assessment of your external funding requirements, please visit the Contact Us section of the website.
An account can be created for you by the person in your organisation who has responsibility for GRANTfinder. This person can be identified by contacting the Customer Services department on tel: 0870 333 7101, or via our Contact Us page. This department will also be able to advise you on whether or not your organisation has a GRANTfinder subscription.
If you have forgotten your password, you can use the Password Reminder facility available at the log-in stage by clicking on the question ‘Forgotten your password?’ You will be asked to enter your e-mail address, after which you will be sent an email containing a link that will enable you to reset your password.
Before you undertake this procedure, it is worth double-checking that you are the only person within your organisation accessing GRANTfinder under this account.
From the homepage, click on the 'My Resources' tab. On the left-hand side of the screen, click on the tab 'My account details'. To change your password, click 'Reset password'. When entering a new password, you will be required to enter it in both the 'Password' and 'Confirm Password' boxes for accuracy. Click 'Yes' to save the new password. The new password will take effect immediately. Passwords are case sensitive.
The primary feature of GRANTfinder is the facility to search for funding initiatives which are of direct relevance to the entered project details. A project search allows a user to enter key criteria relating to their project to produce an applicable list of funding results. This is best used when a user has a particular project in mind.
Clicking on 'Search' and 'Start a New Search' brings up the four steps relating to a standard GRANTfinder Project Search, as follows:
To conduct a Project search, users are required to enter their criteria on each of the relevant steps. Please note that not every step has to be completed but it is recommended to be as concise as possible in order to generate the most applicable results.
For Step 4, you must select at least one option from the voluntary group or social enterprise classification(s) in Step 1 in order to specify any beneficiaries.
Throughout the project search, there are search tips on every page so that you can ensure that you are entering the correct information.
The ‘Who you are’ step involves selecting the most accurate description for the applicant organisation and its partners. It is important to include everyone as it could be that one of your partner organisations is entitled to apply for funding for the project through a stream to which your organisation may not have access. If you are working with a college, police force or what you perceive to be a voluntary organisation, check with them to see if they have set up a charitable arm or have registered charitable status as this will widen their funding opportunities.
Each sector (public, private and voluntary/social enterprise) has different classifications from which to choose. Select the necessary sector classification bringing up a pop-up menu where you can specify the applicant by ticking the relevant box(es).
Alternatively, you can use the keyword box under each section to search for words in phrases in order for the GRANTfinder funding service to automatically select the right option for you.
Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) and private sector searches can be further filtered by the areas in which the company or group operates. Filtering by type of expenditure enables VCSE groups to narrow down the search results according to revenue (ongoing) or capital (one-off) support. Searches for private company funding can also include number of employees, annual turnover and/or stage of development.
The GRANTfinder free text search option enables you to include/exclude specific words or grants from your search. Searching the whole GRANTfinder funding service, this advanced search option presents a quick and easy way to identify funding by allowing you to be more specific; searching for – or excluding from your search – multiple words, exact phrases or word stems in grant names or descriptions.
In short, use a text search when you want to:
This search feature is useful when you are looking for schemes administered by a particular organisation e.g. Home Office as it enables you to search for all the funding organisations reported on the GRANTfinder website.
By beginning to type in a funding organisation, a drop-down menu of various organisations will be generated from which you can pick the relevant options. You can select more than one organisation if necessary. Some funding organisations are recognisable in their own right - for example, Government departments such as the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG), whilst others have been grouped together so that they can be searched in their entirety (for example, Charitable Trusts).
This feature allows you to quickly access searches that you have previously saved, or access searches that your colleagues have shared with you.
To retrieve a saved search, you can do one of two things:
Any updates associated with your search criteria will be automatically refreshed each time the search is re-run.
Using a pre-defined template is a quick way to identify funding and support in your organisation’s area of work. Templates are saved searches with automatically completed fields.
To view your saved search templates, you can do one of two things:
Although any search tab can be selected for a stand-alone search or combined with a number of other search criteria, it is sometimes the case that combining search tabs can restrict the search to the point where no matches are retrieved. This is most common when the Project Search tabs (i.e. who you are, where you are, what you are doing and beneficiaries) have been combined with a Text Search or an Organisation Search.
Measures to avoid this are as follows:
Further editing or refinement may be required if the search identifies a significant number of matches. Starting points for further editing are as follows:
Designated main users are able to share saved searches, saved templates and saved locations groups for use by others across the organisation.
When users in the organisation choose to run a saved search, search by template or enter a pre-defined location group when conducting a project search, they will see the option to choose from their own saved material (e.g. my saved searches) or choose from the organisation’s shared folders (e.g. organisational saved searches).
To edit or delete any of the shared options, the user who created the search must go into the appropriate sub-folder in the ‘My Resources’ section and select edit/delete as appropriate. Once deleted, the saved material is irretrievable and will be removed as an option from all accounts.
Discontinued refers to the category on GRANTfinder which lists programmes that have either closed to applications for the final time or that have been held in abeyance for some time. They continue to be reported on GRANTfinder for the sake of those organisations that have been successful in procuring funds from a certain scheme and wish to keep abreast of monitoring procedures.
Programmes where an application round has simply closed and another one is expected continue to be reported in the live section of GRANTfinder to allow organisations to plan ahead for future projects.
Yes, designated administrators for your organisation can produce reports which outline individual and organisational activity and usage of the GRANTfinder site. Such statistics include: number of logins; number of searches; number of funds viewed; and reference library downloads.
To view this information, simply:
This facility is available to those users that have been granted administration rights.
Once an administrator has logged in, they can go to the Administration section of the website and select the ‘User administration’ sub-folder.
This section lists all users alphabetically along with their personal details including email addresses, telephone numbers and the date that they were registered to the site. New users can be added at any time by selecting the ‘Add a new user’ hyperlink. The registration process is straightforward; simply fill in the short form by entering the compulsory personal and log-in information, click ‘Save’ and the new user is supplied with an email address username and password to start using GRANTfinder immediately.
The top right-hand section of the screen indicates to the administrator how many licences are in use and how many are left as part of their subscription. For more information, contact GRANTfinder.
To delete a user from your organisation’s subscription, go to the Administration section of the website and select the ‘User administration’ sub-folder.
This section lists all users alphabetically along with their personal details including email addresses, telephone numbers and the date that they were registered to the service.
Find the user that you wish to delete and select the ‘delete’ action button. A pop-up screen will appear prompting you to confirm that you wish to delete that person. Simply click ‘Yes’ to action this request.
You can also choose to suspend a user’s account as opposed to deleting it by selecting the ‘suspend’ action button on the user administration page. This is useful if a user is expected to be away from their role for any lengthy period of time e.g. maternity leave.
Coordinating workflows and managing information for a project and/or department can be a time-consuming and resource-intensive task. Our latest ‘workgroups’ functionality represents an opportunity to create and manage designated groups of people within your funding community; ensuring information is both well-managed and only disseminated to those that need it.
All Site Administrators are granted full workgroup permissions by default. Site Administrators can allocate such permissions to other users within their organisation by visiting the Administration tab on the website and selecting the User administration option.
Click on the required user name, scroll down to the bottom and under User roles, check the Workgroup Manager box and click Save.
No, you can delegate Workgroup Manager rights to an unlimited number of users.
Of course! You can be a member of as many workgroups as you wish.
All workgroups to which you have administrative access will be listed in this Workgroup Administration area. Here, you can add, edit and delete workgroups as you require.
In the Workgroup Administration section, select the Manage members button, click ‘Add new members’ and begin typing names of the personnel you wish to add to the workgroup. Adding a person to a workgroup will automatically generate an email to that user requesting their approval.
A user’s status is set to Pending until they accept the invitation, at which point they will be listed as Accepted. If a user declines the invitation, you will receive an email notifying you of their response. You can send reminder emails and delete members as and when required.
Under the My Resources tab, select the My Workgroups option. You can see here a full list of your existing workgroup memberships. To leave a workgroup at any time, simply click the ‘Leave workgroup’ option.
The sophisticated functionality of the workgroups feature allows you to share information, resources and commentary with other users in the workgroup.
The workgroups feature enables you to account for any user absences swiftly. When a user that has shared items with a workgroup attempts to leave hat group, a warning message appears confirming that the Workgroup Manager will be emailed regarding their request. Upon receiving the email, the Workgroup Manager can go to the Workgroup administration tab, select the ‘manage users’ option and then delete the user from the group. The Workgroup Manager will then be prompted to re-allocate any shared items, ensuring that all workgroup information remains available.
Yes, the workgroups function is shared across all GRANTfinder modules to enable consistency and ease of use.
We understand that the vast amount of funding and policy content available can be overwhelming when taken as a whole, diluting the valuable pieces of information that you need. The Interactive Update Bulletin functionality pulls together all funding and policy content and allows you to define the locations, topics and date ranges of most relevance to you, enabling you to create tailored communications.
The new functionality:
Yes, the new functionality is available to GRANTfinder, POLICYfinder and/or RESEARCHconnect clients.
Our step-by-step guide, Creating Interactive Update Bulletins, will help you navigate the new functionality – this is accessed in the My Resources section of the website (My toolkit sub-folder).
Yes, the Interactive Update Bulletin can be built from your GRANTfinder, POLICYfinder and RESEARCHconnect subscriptions. Combine your different bulletin searches into one document to create an all-encompassing grants, policy and research overview.
The email alerts are an automated process which you can set up for any search (done so by selecting this option when saving a search or enabling them in the My folders section of your account). You can also dictate the frequency of these alerts between daily, weekly, fortnightly and monthly.
If you wish to de-activate this facility once your project is up-and-running, simply follow either of the following processes:
There may be information on GRANTfinder that you wish to reproduce on your own website or circulate to organisations you work with. For example, many GRANTfinder clients wish to reproduce the articles found in our Reference Library.
We are happy for you to do this provided that both the author of the article and GRANTfinder are acknowledged. For further information contact the Research Department on tel: 0870 333 7101, or by visiting the Contact Us page on the GRANTfinder site.
The GRANTfinder User Manual and the Mini Guide each give step-by-step instructions on how to navigate from one screen to the next and how to ensure you are using the GRANTfinder service to its full capacity. They are stored under the ‘my toolkit’ tab in the ‘My Resources’ section of the website.
Whether you are seeking training on how to identify the most relevant funds for your project; submit winning grant applications; or become more familiar with funding offered by the EC, Idox's team of knowledgeable trainers and consultants can help.
We run a number of different training courses:
Further information is available from our Training Department, tel: 0870 333 7101, email: email@example.com.
Every organisation subscribing to GRANTfinder has its own Account Manager. Your Account Manager is there to help with issues such as marketing and developing the use of GRANTfinder within your organisation and may be on hand to demonstrate GRANTfinder at a funding fair or other local event. From time to time, the Account Manager will visit the main contact within your organisation to ensure that your organisation is getting the best out of the service and to introduce GRANTfinder to any new members of staff.