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Our application process

To pitch at an event, organisations must be sponsored by a TFN member; it is one of our unique qualities. TFN is truly led by its members, who share a deep commitment to and a real curiosity for initiatives driving social change. The great news is membership is open to anyone; see here for details on how to become a member. 

TFN takes individual privacy very seriously, so we do not share the details of our current members. Organisations that do not know a TFN member can ask somebody to become a member with a view to nominating them. It can be a Trustee, volunteer or someone close to the organisation, but it cannot be somebody who is in paid employment of the organisation. Once they have signed up, we ask that new members attend and donate at a TFN event before being eligible to sponsor an organisation. At an event, a sponsor explains to the audience briefly why they support the organisation, and begins the live crowdfunding by pledging the first £250.

Our application process is simple:

  • TFN members receive an email notifying them when applications are being accepted for a specific event. 
  • Organisations sponsored to apply then complete an online application form, which must include a sponsor's note from the TFN member explaining why they support this project. 
  • TFN staff conduct due diligence on all applications before sending them for scoring to a selection panel. 
  • The same selection panel interviews shortlisted candidates. 
  • Selected candidates attend a pitch training workshop, to learn how to make the most of their six minute pitch. 

The application process for Young Funding Network regional TFN events differs slightly in that organisations pitch for a lower amount and sponsors do not need to be TFN members. Please see our TFN regional page and Young Funding Network website for more information. 

What kind of charities will be considered?

TFN supports organisations that drive lasting positive change for individuals, communities, society and the environment. To learn more about organisations we have supported, please see here

Organisations do not have to be registered charities but must be registered non-profit in order to be considered by TFN. Social enterprises, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) and Community Interest Companies (CIC) will be eligible as long as they are not for profit or any profit is reinvested in the organisation. This should be clearly stated within the organisation's governing documents. 

TFN funds organisations covering a wide range of sectors, but our priorities are in crime reduction and peacebuilding, education, environment, health, human rights, inclusion and livelihoods. 

TFN does not fund:

  • The promotion of any religion.
  • Organisations that are affiliated with a political party. 
  • Individuals.
  • Fundraising challanges. 
  • Organisations with a turnover of over £1.2million.

Organisations may re-apply no sooner that one year after receiving funding, and on completion of an impact report. 

Please note that we do not accept unsolicited applications.

You can use our eligibility checker to ensure that your organisation is eligible to apply in the first instance.

Become a Member

The Funding Network is made up of individuals and businesses who want to support social change. Members of TFN can increase their understanding of the social change sector, deepen their engagement with the causes they give to, share their passion for social change, help organisations they already support and increase the impact of their donations.

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Tel: 0845 313 8449
Email: info@thefundingnetwork.org.uk

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