Association of ACF (Association of Charitable Foundations) is the leading membership association for trusts and http://www.acf.org.uk/
foundations in the UK with over 300 members ranging in size from small and local grant-makers to some of
the world's largest foundations. Through our services to members we provide a framework in which trusts
Foundations and foundations can learn from each other's experience, explore matters of common concern and achieve
good practice in grant-making.
Big Learning Zone The Big Lottery advice website. http://www.biglearningzone.
Big Lottery Funding This site is for funding advisers wanting information about Big Lottery Fund’s programmes, training, events http://www.bigfundingadvis
and statistics. You can also link up with our regional teams and colleagues across the voluntary sector to ers.org.uk/
share advice and experiences.
Black & Equality To promote any charitable purposes for the benefit of Black and Racial minority communities, children and www.bemnetwork.org.uk
families in Merseyside. In particular we are concerend with the promotion of racial equality, the
advancement of education and the protection of health to improve the quality of life for all.
Business Link A free business advice and support service, available online and through local advisers. (inc Social www.businesslink.gov.uk
CAF Charity Aid The Charities Aid Foundation is a registered charity that works to create greater value for charities and http://www.cafonline.org/
social enterprise. We do this by transforming the way donations are made and the way charitable funds are
Capacitybuilders Working with local and regional providers, national delivery partners and Government, Capacitybuilders www.capacitybuilders.org.u
aims to ensure third sector organisations have access to high quality support and advice that responds to k/
the changing needs of the sector.
Cash Online Financial Advice and training for small charities and voluntary groups. http://www.cash-
Charitable Giving Payroll Giving is undoubtedly the most sustainable form of charitable giving – it should be the foundation http://www.charitablegiving.
for every charity’s income stream co.uk/
Charitable Trusts on This website gives details of trusts and grant-making bodies, which are based on Merseyside and/or make http://www.merseytrusts.or
grants in the region. g.uk/
Charities Aid We can help fill in the gaps in your charity's funding with loans, venture capital or applying to the http://www.cafonline.org/De
Community Land Trust Fund. We will be re-launching a new grant programme later this year. fault.aspx?page=6882
Charities Evaluation We offer training, consultancy, external evaluations and free information to help you strengthen the quality http://www.ces-vol.org.uk/
of your work and achieve better outcomes.
Charity Bank www.charitybank.org.
Charity Bank finances social enterprises, charities and community
organisations, with the support of depositors and investors who want
to use their money to facilitate real social change.
Charity Builder UK Welcome to CBUK, a Tennyson Insurance initiative designed to help not-for-profit groups become http://www.charitybuilderuk.
compliant quickly, easily and free of charge. CBUK will guide you through key areas such as HR and H&S but com/index.php
it doesn't just signpost advice. It actually helps you produce documents such as contracts, policies and job
descriptions and because the content is written by lawyers you'll be kept up to date with any changes in
legislation. You'll also find practical guides to insurance, governance and volunteering.
Charity Commission The Regulator of Charities in England and Wales www.charity-
Charity Trends Charity Data at your fingertips http://www.charitytrends.org
Commission of the This website explores the Compact, the longstanding agreement that sets out shared principles and www.thecompact.org.uk
guidelines for effective partnership working between government and the third sector in England.
Community The Community Foundation provides grants to local voluntary and community groups to help them build a www.cfmerseyside.org.uk
stronger Merseyside and tackle modern social issues. Each year we distribute over £5 million in grants to
nearly 1,000 community projects on behalf of around 60 partners and donors. Grants are linked to various
Merseyside themes such as the environment, health and tackling anti-social behaviour.
Community Matters The National Federation for Community Organisations. We currently have 1180 member organisations http://www.communityma
across the UK and have been supporting community associations and similar organisations since 1945. tters.org.uk/
Compact Advocacy If you need help and support on how to use the Compact, including what principles have been breached www.ncvo-
and how to best challenge decisions, how to best challenge, contact the Compact team. vol.org.uk/compactadvocac
Compact Voice is the voice of the voluntary sector in England, in matters relating to the Compact between the government www.compactvoice.org.uk
and voluntary sector to ensure better working. We offer practical help and guidance on how to get the
Compact working for your organisation and in your local area. We also give voice to your views on the
Compact to both local and national government
Co operatives - http://www.uk.coop/simplys
'Simply' Suite of eries
In partnership with Making Local Food Work, Co-operative UK’s comprehensive suite of
Legal and resources for community enterprises, provides community enterprises with top quality
Governance financial, legal and governance support.
Cuts Watch Supporting the third sector through spending cuts http://www.cutswatch.org.u
Directory of Social The leading source of information and training to voluntary and community sector. www.dsc.org.uk/Home
Easy Fundraising We provide a FREE fundraising service where you can raise funds for any charity, trust, school, club, good
cause or community group you support when you shop online.
European Social News about the social fund and funding opportunities.
Fund in England
2007 - 2013
European Union This website provides information about European Union Funding
Finance Hub Making sense of Funding and Finance in the third sector http://www.financehub.org.u
Funding Central Funding Central is a free smart website for all third sector organisations, including community groups, www.fundingcentral.org.uk
providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources
supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.
Funding UK Ltd Fundraising UK Ltd is the UK's leading Internet fundraising consultancy. Founded in 1996 by Howard Lake, it
helps charities in the UK and internationally to use the Internet as a fundraising tool to enhance and extend
their existing fundraising activities. It also advises for-profit companies that provide services and products
to fundraisers, helping them use the Internet to enhance their business. Fundraising UK Ltd offers a unique
perspective on Internet fundraising. It is the product both of Howard Lake's pioneering 1992-95 research
into the use of the Internet by charity fundraisers and of his experience from 1988 as a professional
fundraiserto Get Legal, GB, Afghanaid, and Amnesty International UK. tool for charities, social enterprises
Welcome with Oxfam the free online reference and decision-making http://www.getlegal.org.uk/
and co-operative organisations. Get Legal has been developed by NCVO, with support from BWB, to enable
organisations and their advisors to access clear information and guidance on the most appropriate legal
form and governance structure for delivering their goals.
Giving World Online Welcome to Giving World Online – the free solution for busy companies to deal responsibly with http://www.givingworldon
surplus stock/equipment - donate it to people in need through a network of charities.
Government A government website details grant funds for the voluntary and community sector. www.governmentfunding.or
Green Communities Funding opportunities for projects around green communities theme http://www.energysavingtru
Funding Database st.org.uk/cafe/Green-
Improving Support Improving Support brings together practical resources and information for all those providing support to http://www.improvingsuppor
third sector organisations. Funded by Capacitybuilders, this website provides a gateway to the widest range t.org.uk/about.aspx
of tools, information and support, creating an easily accessible community for the exchange of resources,
ideas, advice and learning. An Improving Support magazine and regular ebulletins also help you to stay
informed and share learning on a range of issues relevant to your work as a support provider.
Institute of The Institute of Fundraising is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. Its mission is to http://www.institute-of-
support fundraisers, through leadership, representation, standards-setting and education, and it champions fundraising.org.uk/
and promotes fundraising as a career choice.
Know How Non Everything and everyone you need to run a non profit. http://www.knowhownonpro
Knowledge Asset Identify the knowledge assets which may exist in your organisation by using this diagnostic tool - www.kar-tool.org.uk
Review / kar
Lawworks (Initial LawWorks is an independent charity and is the working name of the Solicitor's Pro Bono http://rake.io/lw.html
Electronic Advice) Group. The charity exists to encourage and support solicitors to carry out pro bono work to
support individuals and communities who are unable to afford legal support. You can see
more information on our main website: www.lawworks.org.uk
Locality Locality has been formed through the merger of bassac and the Development Trusts http://locality.org.uk/
Association to create the country's leading network of community owned and led
Media Trust We provide charities and voluntary organisations with the skills they need to raise awareness of their cause http://www.mediatrust.org/
and improve their communications.
Merseyside We work across Merseyside and deliver a range of projects in partnership with others. These include, http://www.expandinghorizo
Expanding Horizons provision of information on social inclusion, projects which support individuals into training and ns.co.uk/
employment, small grants to community and voluntary organisations working with excluded groups,
customised support to those organisations, and grants for social enterprise development.
Merseyside Merseyside Network for Europe is a non-profit infrastructure organisation providing information, http://www.merseynetwor
Network for Europe representation and strategy to Merseyside's Third Sector in all matters relating to the European Union. k.com
My signpost: Looking for support and assistance to suit your circumstances? Individuals, http://www.mysignpost.org/
Funding and Grants families and businesses can apply for funding and grants from the following homepage_f_g.php
NAVCA National Association for Voluntary and Community Action www.navca.org.uk
NCVO National Council for Voluntary organisations www.ncvo-vol.org.uk
NEF nef (the new economics foundation) is an independent think tank and is creating new http://www.neweconomics.
approaches to value and measurement. nef's approach focuses on a 'triple bottom line' org/
where returns from investment are evaluated by their longer-term social, environmental
and economic returns. These can be used across the public, private and third sector.
nef works with a number of tools to measure and account for value, including Social
Return on Investment (SROI).
New Philanthropy http://www.philanthropycapi
New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) is a consultancy and think tank dedicated to helping
funders and charities achieve a greater impact. It provides independent research, tools
and advice for charities and funders, both here in the UK and internationally.NPC has
developed a tool for organisations to demonstrate their impact on the wellbeing of young
people aged 11 to 16. It has also produced publications and think-pieces on Social
Return on Investment (SROI) and analysing charity effectiveness.
North West North West Network was established by a consortium of voluntary sector organisations in 1993 as a direct www.nwnetwork.org.uk/
response to the ever-increasing demand for clear, professional advice and information on how to access
and manage funds from the European Union.
Nwerc Ltd/NwtrLtd We offer a "Weigh and Pay" Service - for used textiles. Community groups can raise funds the system is a www.northwesttextiles.co.u
valid and sustainable way to raise extra revenue. We also divert textile waste from landfill which is high on k
the government agenda.
Oneplace Here you can see how local public services are performing in England, if they provide value for money http://oneplace.direct.gov.u
and where they could improve.The Audit Commission, Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorates of k/Pages/default.aspx
Constabulary, Prisons and Probation and Ofsted are working together to provide an independent
overview of the quality of life in your area. You can also discover how well local public organisations,
such as councils and police forces work together to meet local needs.
Places Analysis Tool The Places Analysis Tool (PAT) is designed to undertake analysis of published National Indicator data. It www.pat.communities.gov.
enables ongoing and consistent monitoring of trends and performance of Local Strategic Partnerships uk/pat
(LSPs) against the National Indicator Set, including those indicators which have been targeted in Local Area
Agreements. Analytical capabilities include time series charts, comparison charts, tables of values and
thematic maps. The PAT sources all published data from the Data Interchange Hub ('the Hub'), the collation
and interchange system for National Indicator data. PAT is accessible via a web site hosted by Communities
and Local Government. No login or registration is required to use the tool.
Practical Toolkits SAVO has produced a range of Practical Toolkits (listed below), with funding from the Big Lottery http://www.practicaltoolkits.
(Suffolk Association Fund,which are available at no cost to members of Infrastructure Network Suffolk org.uk/
Prove and Improve Nef responsible for a website proveandimprove.org which includes a quality and impact http://www.outcomesstar.or
toolkit for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprise. g.uk/
We have a wide range of clients across the UK and Internationally, including social enterprises,
development trusts, voluntary and community sector organisations, charities, housing providers, property
Pulse Regeneration developers, local and public authorities, and private businesses.We provide a broad range of services and http://www.pulseregeneratio
employ a highly skilled and dedicated team of professional advisors who will work closely with you to help n.co.uk/index.html
achieve your goals. Alongside our core team, we retain a network of associates and partners who have
specialist knowledge and can add further value.
Ready for Change To help organisations to realise how prepared they are for change and transition.
Recipro An online builders' exchange for builders' surplus. BuilderScrap is completely free to use and can http://www.recipro-uk.com/
be used to pass on leftover building supplies or materials and also find fantastic, low cost or free
building materials in your area.
Skild A resource for Development workers: SKiLD is a project of NAVCA and is for all infrastructure organisations www.skild.org.uk
Skildframework A tool to assess and enhance a development workers competence. www.skildframework.org.uk
Skills Third Sector The Development Worker standards are for people who work for a support agency (for example, an www.skills-
infrastructure organisation), and through that mechanism, perform the function of developing the groups thirdsector.org.uk/national_
and communities they serve. occupational_standards/de
Small Charities The Small Charities Coalition exists to help small charities access the skills, experience and resources they http://www.smallcharities.or
need to achieve their aims. g.uk/home/
Social Enterprise SEN is the home of social enterprise in Greater Merseyside. This is the place to network http://www.sen.org.uk/
Network with other similar businesses; to find information and resources; to promote your goods
and services and trade.
Student Cash Point Student Cash Point is a FREE website designed to help students like you find the funding you need to cover www.studentcashpoint.co.u
the costs of going to college and university. k/Default.aspx
Sustainable Funding Established in 2000 as an initiative of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). We provide www.ncvo-
tools, training, consultancy and resources that pioneer, encourage and enable voluntary and community vol.org.uk/advice-
organisations to develop and implement a sustainable income strategy. support/funding-
The Chest https://www.thechest.nwce.
Welcome to The Chest, the North West's Local Authority Procurement Portal.The Chest has been gov.uk/cms/cms.nsf/vHome
created with funding from the North West Centre of Excellence to bring together buyers and Page/fSection?OpenDocu
suppliers making it easier for businesses to find out about new sources of potential revenue and to ment
grow and develop to the benefit of the local economy.
Fund We provide loans to charities and social enterprises that are unable to secure
sufficient funding from mainstream sources.
The Trustee CTN is the national charity for trustees providing opportunities for trustees to share knowledge and http://www.trusteenet.org.u
experience with each other enabling trustees to search for a vacancy or to post their own using k/
trusteefinder signposting to information and services giving trustees a voice to influence national policy
Third Sector Third Sector is the UK’s leading publication for everyone who needs to know what’s going on in the www.thirdsector.co.uk/
voluntary and not-for-profit sector.