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The Diocese of Norwich Grant Finder empowers parishes to search for Government, Lottery and charitable trust funding in a quick, easy and accessible way. The website comprehensively covers all available funding opportunities, including national Government programmes, regional schemes and local initiatives.
The website 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.
Since 2015 the tool has proved invaluable and in January 2017 the website was visited nearly 230 times in just one month, or seven times every day.
The areas of work searched for the most by users were ‘Religion’, ‘Community’ and ‘Older People’. The most searched for funding was for ‘Community Development’ and the most searched for funding by eligible expenditure was for ‘Costs Associated with Maintaining Buildings’.
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.
The Revd Robert Parsonage and the churchwardens of Poringland were able to quickly 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 through pages and pages of search results on the Internet.
Speaking about the search tool, the Revd Robert 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 has made a real difference in the local community. Churches, organisations and charities for the first time are able to easily search for and find all the information and funding they need at just the touch of a button."
How do you access it?
You can access the online funding search tool 24/7 as much as you want, and run as many funding searches as you choose, by visiting www.idoxopen4community.co.uk/dioceseofnorwich