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The website enables parishes and community groups to access comprehensive funding information. It is also a valuable tool in identifying support and advice available to develop their services.
You can find more information on the Diocese of Norwich Grant Finder by visiting: www.dioceseofnorwich.org/grantfinder
What is it?
The Diocese of Norwich Grant Finder empowers parishes to search for Government, Lottery and charitable trust funding in a way that was until recently time consuming, difficult and required good IT skills.
Advanced yet simple – an intuitive but easy-to-use funding search tool allows organisations and individuals to find out what funding is available to them by simply selecting from handy drop-down lists, such as what they want funding for or what type of group they are.
The website provides comprehensive coverage of all available funding opportunities, including European Union, national Government programmes, regional schemes and local initiatives, and is kept fully up to date.
It also includes a number of proactive features that offer users additional value. Users can set up automatic email alerts so they are first to know when relevant new or updated funds are added, as well as signing up to weekly newsletters packed with the latest funding announcements.
Users funding search results and even specific schemes can be saved to a personal profile to set up email alerts that automatically inform users when similar schemes are added or updated.
The site also contains a polling tool which allows users to ask others whether they have successfully applied for any funding, giving you the intelligence needed to prove the value of providing them with such funding information.
The system was recently demonstrated to Rev Robert Parsonage and the churchwardens of Poringland. In a relatively short time they were able to build up a funding profile and produce a report with over 80 possible funders.
Previously the only way to achieve similar results would be to manually search on the Internet. However, many of the smaller funders do not have a high web profile so they may not appear in perhaps the first 3 or 4 pages of a Google search.
The Revd Parsonage said ”this is the final piece in the jigsaw of TRiO which will enable parishes to search for funding on every conceivable project from major repairs to funding a luncheon club for the elderly at a time and a place to suit themselves.”
Geoff Freeman, Parish Funding Support Officer said "The Diocese of Norwich Grant Finder will make a real difference in the local community. Churches, organisations and charities will for the first time be able to easily search for and find all the information and funding they need at just the touch of a button."