Charity Excellence Lists Of Grant Making Charitable Trusts & Foundations And Free Funding Finders

There are some 10,000 UK grant making charitable trusts and foundations and, whilst there are search databases and consultants available, these can be expensive. Charity Excellence gives you everything you need and everything is completely free. There's the COVID19 funder database and, within the Income questionnaire, there are 25+ downloads of funder lists, 20+ funder research lists and 3 downloads of 100+ free funding finders. These resources are being continuously added to and updated.

COVID19 Funder Database

The database is the only comprehensive source of emergency funders available.  There are 500+ and the records are updated weekly, on Monday. However, this funding is different to normal trust funding, so additional functionality has been included.  You need to watch the video first (3 mins), or you won’t find all the funders you could.

Funding Finders

Funding Finders – UK

Funding Finders – International

Funding Finders – US

Funding Lists

Each contains a whole series of funders, with a bit about each and a link to their website (click funder name), so you can apply, or find out more. 

These lists are more focussed and have more detail than the Funder Research lists below, but have fewer funders; between 30 and 200 in each of these lists.  The funder research lists can each include several hundred funders.


Help and Funding for IT and Tech

Armed Forces

Individuals & Families


Music & Musicians

Capital (Buildings & Equipment)

Older People


Small Charities

Core (Running) Costs

Social Enterprises

Crisis & Growth

Social Welfare


Sport & Leisure


Start-ups & New Ideas

Environment & Horticulture


Hard To Fund Causes

Unregistered Charities

Heritage & Churches

Women & Girls


Young People



Funder Research Lists

Funder Research Lists contain less detail than the funder lists, but substantially more funders. Those in bold have been published as at the date of this document – below.

Accommodation & Housing


Animals (International)

Arts, Culture, Heritage & Science


Economic & Community Development

Education & Training

Environment & Conservation

Health & The Saving Of Lives

Human Rights & Equality

Overseas Aid & Famine Relief

Older People


Relief Of Poverty

Religious Activities

South East Asia


Young People

Newly Registered Grant Making Charities 2020

These are lists of grant making charities, extracted from the Charity Commission database.  Lists of newly registered grant makers in England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are available on the Charity Excellence Resource page. 

For a list of the 236 newly registered grant makers in England & Wales in July and August 2020, download this from the Income questionnaire.

View Some Funder Lists

If you want to have a look at some of the funder lists themselves, click here

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