Our Community Development Team provides specialist information and support to local community groups, social enterprises and charities. Our expertise allows us to provide critical support to our Members when they need it most. Helpfully we’ve created a Library of useful toolkits and links that provide easy to navigate information and guidance across a broad range of issues facing organisations like yours.
Can’t find what you need? Our Community Development Team provides tailored support to groups on a case-by-case basis.
If you need to speak with a member of our team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing email@example.com or call 0300 500 8085.
Finance & Funding
Managing your organisations finances, identify funders, completing grant applications and fundraising strategies.
|Charities Aid Foundation (CAF Online) - How to Write a Great Grant Application
|Guidance on writing grant applications from the Charities Aid Foundation
|Charity Commission - Charity Reporting and Accounting: The Essentials - November 2016 (CC15d)
|Information on Charity Reporting & Accounting
|Charity Connect - Core Cost Funding
|Core costs fundraising sources
|Charity Finance Group (CFG) - Essential Charity Finance for Trustees
|CFG Essential Charity Finance for Trustees guide:
|Chartered Institute of Fundraising - Small Charities
|Fundraising resources for small charities
|Community First Fundraising Support
|A team of professional Voluntary Sector Consultants are on hand at Community First to support all your fundraising needs
|Crisis Decision Tool
|A new online tool that guides charities and social enterprises through next steps on insolvency, merger, collaboration, cost cutting, raising finance
|Crowdfunding Mastery - Academy
|The Crowdfunding Mastery Academy is run by the Social Change Agency and offers practical advice, information and training on Crowdfunding
|Directory of Social Change (DSC) - Funds Online Funding search - subscription service
|Funding search - subscription service
|Fundraising Regulator Resource Library
|Fundraising Regulators comprehensive resource library
|GOV.UK Charity Reporting and Accounting - The Essentials
|Government website offers a wealth of information about Charity reporting and accounting.
|Grantway, FREE funding Search
|Free funding search by category and keywords
|Groundwork - Tips/Checklist for Grant Applications
|Tips on writing grant applications from Groundwork
|HIWCF: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation funding opportunities
|Spacehive - The Ultimate Guide to Crowdfunding
|Spacehive provides a single portal where people with project ideas can build support from their community, ensure their plans are viable, pitch for funding from the crowd and our partners at the same time, and share the impact they’ve created. How too guides, event and webinars are all available.
|The Fundraising Regulator - Code of Fundraising Practice
|Fundraising Regulator - Code of Practice
|The Fundraising Regulator - GDPR & Charitable Fundraising
|Guidance on GDPR and fundraising
|The National Lottery Community Fund
|Information on the various grants available from the National Lottery
|TOP TIPS for successful grant fundraising
|Tips for writing successful funding applications
|Trustees and Fundraising - A Practical Handbook
|Trustees and Fundraising - A Practical Handbook from the Institute of Fundraising & Partners