The following information has been taken from the website of Skillset, the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses.
Obtaining individual funding is always extremely difficult as many funding initiatives are aimed at companies or organisations. There are, however, a few directories of grant-making trusts which list organisations and charities that do support individuals. Although many have strict application criteria, it's worth wading through them to see if you, or your project, fit the bill.
Here are some examples (these directories are usually available in public libraries and colleges, all good bookshops, as well as from the publishers' website):
- Directory of Grant Making Trusts
Published in association with The Charities Aid Foundation, this publication lists trusts that award money to companies, charities and individuals. Published by the Directory of Social Change.
- The Educational Grants Directory
This publication lists sources of funding for students looking for help up to first degree level. Also contains a guide to loans and sponsorship available. Published by the Directory of Social Change.
- Charity Choice
Charity Choice has an online directory of charitable organisations. It also publishes Charities Digest which provides details and information for over 5,000 organisations; it also includes useful sources of legal advice as well as contact names and registration number for each entry.
- The Grants Register
Leading source for up-to-date information on the availability of, and eligibility for, postgraduate and professional awards. Published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Free to use funding search site provided by GRANTfinder, the grants database. The site contains the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of grants, loans and other initiatives operating in the UK.