We had no idea where to start with applying for grants and funding, so we started fundraising. This was the most familiar method for us to raise money
Ways you can fundraise
People come up with more inventive ways to fundraise every year and will often think of creative ideas they have an interest in.
Here are a few traditional ideas:
Summer and Christmas fairs
We decided to put on a fun run in Urmston. We thought it would be a great way to raise loads of money and awareness of our cause
Find people to help you fundraise
The beauty of fundraising is that everyone can choose to fundraise in their own way.
Each person will play to their own strengths and interests. How much they can help you will depend on the time they have and their commitment to your cause.
You’ll need people:
with a motivating personality who can inspire others
who are methodical and reliable to handle behind the scenes activities
For inspiration on where to find people to help, look at Build a team.
I wanted to raise money for a cancer charity after suffering with the illness myself. Storytelling Club were all eager to get involved. We’ve run afternoon tea events in local cafes with our most successful raising over £700 in 2 hours
Ways people can donate
There are now a lot of online fundraising platforms which help community groups and charities raise money.
Here are a few:
Crowdfunder uses crowdfunding to raise small amounts of funds from a large amount of people
ActionFunder is a platform that lets you pitch for funding and matches you to the right funders for your project
Justgiving was one of the first fundraising platforms on the scene. In March 2019 it removed its platform fee of 5%
LocalGiving is aimed at local community groups. It takes a processing fee of 5%
Wonderful.org operates on a much smaller scale with 600 charities listed. There are no processing fees or membership charges
Share your story
Do you have a story about how your community has come together to support each other?
We'd love to share your story on our website to encourage other people to get or offer support.