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Rating Government Funders - 6 May 2009's new funder ratings give an independent and unique insight into what to expect from numerous government funders giving money to the voluntary and community sector.

We’ve rated nearly 200 of the funders featured on the website covering European, national, regional and local government funding.

Through researching and running the website for nearly 6 years, we’ve learnt a lot about the way government funds the voluntary sector - some good, some bad. Either way, we’ve got plenty to share about what to expect, how to get the right information and the best way to approach funders.

Ratings have been awarded based on five indicators which we think are essential for every funder to make their funding accessible

  1. Availability. Does the funder make available all the information you expect and need to know?
  2. Contacts. Is there typically an appropriate person to talk to, with knowledge of the funding you’re interested in?
  3. Clarity. Is their information of funding digestible to the average reader?
  4. Relevance. Is it clear who the funding is aimed at and how the funder decides who receives funding?
  5. Applications. Is the application procedure fair and clear?

However, our ratings are by no means a final verdict, just a starting point to begin discussions about the voluntary sector’s experience of government funders. We are inviting all subscribers to share their experiences and contribute to the DSC Funder Rating. If you would like to share your experience, email us at

Some of the Best

National and Regional

  • Community Foundation Network
  • Community Development Foundation
  • English Heritage
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • First Light Movies

Local Authorities

  • Brighton and Hove City Council
  • City of London Corporation Council
  • City of York Council
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Thurrock Council

Select the Funder you are interested in to see their rating