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We recognise that very few community groups can survive for long without some level of funding being available to them.

In this section you will find a free funding search tool. This is a commercial funding database we have subscribed to - so you can use it for free through our website.

To use the funding search tool you first need to register with us. This is a separate process to signing up to add information onto the website but still only takes a couple of minutes - after which you can begin searching the funding database right away.

You will also find here toolkits, advice sheets and general hints and tips to help community groups make their funding applications more successful.

All of the information provided here is free and we are happy for you to pass on the information to others. If you want to use extracts from the toolkits or reproduce the toolkits in full in other work – please do credit the CHAINS website as your source.

Apply Yourself: Download, Installation & User Guide 103 Kilobytes Thursday, 29 September 2011
Apply Yourself: Help for planning funding bids (by kind permission of Funderfinder - Windows 32 bit) 1.37 Megabytes Thursday, 29 September 2011
Applying for funding - general advice and tips 513 Kilobytes Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Beehive September 2013 newsletter 1.09 Megabytes Thursday, 24 October 2013
Being realistic when applying for funding 505 Kilobytes Friday, 12 August 2011
Different funding options open to Community Groups 790 Kilobytes Tuesday, 01 May 2012
Enhancing your performance through improved listening skills 505 Kilobytes Thursday, 01 March 2012
Finding information to support a funding application 539 Kilobytes Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Finding information to support a funding application 539 Kilobytes Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Guidance on how to ensure your new project is deliverable 532 Kilobytes Friday, 09 September 2011
Help with applying for Awards For All (England) funding 769 Kilobytes Wednesday, 02 November 2011
Help with setting meeting agendas 521 Kilobytes Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Help with working up a funding bid 461 Kilobytes Friday, 09 September 2011
How to put together a winning funding application 678 Kilobytes Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Looking for evidence for your funding application? Introductory guide to Sandwell Trends website 765 Kilobytes Friday, 03 February 2012
Making your case for getting funding 457 Kilobytes Friday, 02 December 2011
Match funding explained 411 Kilobytes Friday, 09 September 2011
Money Saving Tips - 1 113 Kilobytes Monday, 03 August 2015
Positive Activities for Young People In Sandwell events brochure for Summer 2012 2.77 Megabytes Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Prevention of homelessness strategy 2012 draft version 1 173 Kilobytes Thursday, 14 June 2012