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UK Based Global Funding
1. Charity Commission - funders are usually charities. Use the advanced search function.
a. Registration Details – select ‘Registered’ and then insert the dates you want to search.
b. Income – you can set income amounts to filter out very small charities, but it doesn’t work very well.
c. How The Charity Helps – select ‘Makes grants to individuals’ and/or ‘Makes grants to organisations’.
d. Under this section click box - ‘Main ways of carrying out purposes is grant making’.
e. Charities Working Outside England & Wales – select the countries you want. The number in brackets is the number of charities.
f. Other Criteria – select any you want to refine your search.
Then click search. As long as you have less than 10,000 results, you will find an ‘Export Results’ button at the bottom of the page. This has large amounts of information you probably don’t need – delete these columns out.
It can be a bit laborious to use, so I’ve done the hard work for you. Down load this as the various funder research lists from the ‘finding new funders’ assessment statement in the income questionnaire.
2. UK Government - DfID international development funding.
3. OSCR (Scotland) – select Search Charity Register, then go to:
a. Additional Filters and select Geographical Spread. From the pull down box, select Overseas Only or UK and Overseas.
b. Next go to Activities and select Makes Grants. Organisations, or Individuals.
c. Select any other filters you want and then search.
d. You can use the Registered From – Registered To function to find new trusts.
4. CCNI – under How The Charity Operates:
a. Select Makes Grants.
b. Under Regions Worked, select Internationally. You can select by country using the Countries Worked pull down tab.
c. Then select any other filters to narrow your search.
5. Nuffield Trust - 2012 report on UK foundations supporting international - Table 6 on page 50 lists them, with details.
6. Bond - international development funding sources.
Other Global Funding
7. Advance Africa.com – not really Africa, but rather global NGO funding. A bit clunky and lots of adverts, but a lot in there too.
8. BackHer.com – curated funder lists for women - Africa, Asia North America and International.
9. CASE – a social enterprise global funder database.
10. Development Aid – grants and tenders search engine.
11. Devex – international development.
12. European Commission – funding and tender opportunities.
13. EveryQueer.com - 20 grants for LGBTQ entrepreneurs.
14. Funding Opportunities – global search engine for funding and a lot more, Canada based.
15. Funds for NGOs – free e mail alert, everything else is paid for.
16. Girls Not Brides - nice piece of work, with a long list of useful funding sources.
17. Grant Station – US based, charged for, but you can sign up for free e mail alerts.
18. Heritage Alliance – international funding directory.
19. Inside Philanthropy – list of global development funders.
20. LMD Funding Database – last mile distributors global funding database; energy enterprises.
21. NGO Monitor – private funders.
22. Philanthropy News Digest - free searchable grant database, mostly US.
23. Peak Proposals – scroll down to a list of about 20 search engines.
24. Portal 365.org – click for a wide range of categories.
25. Terra Viva - grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.
26. Triple Funds - government, foundations etc, developing countries, paid for, but with free monthly funding e mail.
27. We Are Spur – funding for LGBTQI+ organisations.
28. Wikipedia – a list of global charitable foundations with links to each.
29. Funds 4 NGOs – list of LGBTQI+ funders.
30. Inside Philanthropy – list of LGBTQI+ funders.
31. Peak Proposals Africa Funding Sources – links to foundations for agriculture, conservation, disability, orphans, education, environment, human rights, HIV/AIDS, and women.
32. Hub Cymru Africa – that’s right, a welsh list of funders for Africa, although not all are for Africa, but some less well known ones.
33. Gatsby Charitable Foundation – East Africa.
34. Africa Grant Makers Affinity Group – not grant searches, per se, but lost of resources on funding for Africa.
35. IFLA.org – Research Report: Funding Agencies and Organisations in the Asia and Oceania Region, as at 31 July 2018.
36. Peak Proposals Asia Funding Sources – links to foundations for education, environment, and HIV/AIDS.
37. NGOs India - list and links to foundations that support NGOs in India.
38. PAK NGOs – lots of NGOs in Pakistan, including the latest funding opportunities.
39. Dafne – donor and foundation networks in Europe.
40. European Foundation Centre - search by sector area and also country.
41. Eurofunding Toolbox - all EU funding programmes.
42. IETM - funding finder arts and culture in Europe.
43. Fundraiso.ch – paid for database. Swiss and Liechtenstein foundations, Swiss development associations, sponsors, funds and important foundations in Germany and Austria.
44. German Association of Foundations – a bit niche, but there’s over 300 of them. Remember to right click your mouse and select ‘translate’, if you don’t speak the language.
45. Data.be Business Info – information on companies and the people who run them. Remember to right click your mouse and select ‘translate’, if you don’t speak the language.
46. Foundation List – 25 Dutch foundations that fund NGO projects internationally.
Download the US Funding Finder resource, from the CEF income questionnaire, for US search tools and funder lists.
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