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    Accessing funding

           Dacorum Borough Council works with community groups, voluntary sector
           organisations and others to try to ensure that projects/groups can access funds
           when required. There is a limited amount of local funds but there are many ways of
           getting ‘external funding’ from other organisations such as The National Lottery’s
           Big Lottery Fund.

           As part of the council’s funding advice service to the community, a monthly newsletter is
           produced to help keep organisations up to date on current funding opportunities. This is
           free to subscribe to and receive and further details are available on the council’s website at:
  . In addition, the council also provides a freely accessible
           searchable grants database for anyone to access. This service is called Grants4: Dacorum
           and can be used to find out what sources of funding your organisation or project may be
           eligible for. Visit for more information.

           Funding Advice for local voluntary and community organisations
           The Council has a partnership arrangement with Community Action Dacorum, the local
           council for voluntary service, to provide funding advice and guidance to local
           voluntary/community organisations. They might be able to help you access funding for a
           project your group would like to run and have access to an online database of charitable
           grant making trusts.

           For more information see: or contact:
           Helen Mutio or Loretta Anderson:
           Community Action Dacorum
           48 High St
           Hemel Hempstead
           HP1 3AF
           01442 253935 or or

            Case Study

          Community Action Dacorum helped
          Connexions Netball Club (based in
          Hemel Hempstead) apply for £5000
          funding from the Grassroots Funding
          Programme to pay for a youth netball
          project. The club now has a group of
          very active young netballers who train
          together each week and are learning
          new skills, having fun and making
          friends. The funding helped to pay for
          their coaching, venue hire and their kit.
          For more information see:

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    Accessing funding

     Useful FREE to access websites to search for funding opportunities:
     Grants4: Dacorum – a specially provided search tool tailored to provide sources of funding
     available to Dacorum based organisations and projects only.
     A national website specifically provided for third sector organisations. Lists all sources of
     funding available to third sector organisations from grants, loans and contract opportunities.
     A joint website run by all national lottery funders enabling searches of all current open
     lottery funding programmes across the UK.
     Useful tools and information to help compile and write a funding application
     Find out what is meant by outcomes funding and how you can set and measure outcomes
     for your project.
     Help write effective funding applications by using a free software tool developed by Funder
     Finder called ‘apply yourselves’.
     Help plan and write an effective budget for your funding application.
     Useful information and guidance on how to prepare and approach fundraising for the first

           Grants 4: Dacorum is a FREE to
              use online information tool
             providing details of relevant
          funding opportunities for voluntary,
              community groups, social
           enterprises and local businesses
               within the Dacorum area.
            To access this online tool visit:

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