Funding and finance

In 2013/14, the sector's income was £43.8bn; nearly 80% of its funding was from individuals and government. Donations from individuals generated £7.2bn, accounting for 16% of total income, while contracts and grants from government bodies, worth £15.0bn, generate a third of the sector’s income (34%).

Find out more on the top issues in the funding and finance environment below, along with our most recent blogs. 

If you’re looking for practical advice on funding, check out the guides on the NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit knowledge bank, or Funding Central to search for funding opportunities. There’s information specifically on our contracts and commissioning work on our public services pages and on Knowhow.

Take a look at the UK Civil Society Almanac for information on the sector's finances.

What we're working on

Autumn Statement 2016

The Autumn Statement was on 23 November. Read our immediate reaction and reflections on the statement by senior policy officer Michael on the blog.

Before the statement, we wrote jointly (pdf, 410KB) with other organisations across the sector calling for a new dialogue between the government and charities.

Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy will come into force in April 2017, and will apply to charities with a payroll of more than £3m. NCVO is working to ensure that there are appropriate apprenticeship standards available for charities to use under the scheme. You can read more about the incoming changes on the website.

Find out more about funding and finance

  • In April 2016 we published Understanding the Capacity and Need to take on Investment within the Social Sector (pdf, 723KB) that should help social investors zone in on the charities and social companies for whom social investment is most likely to be relevant.
  • NCVO’s Navigating Change (pdf, 3.1MB) report, commissioned by Lloyds Bank Foundation, explored the finances of 40,000 small and medium-sized charities to improve our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that they face.
  • NCVO’s Financial Sustainability Review of the Voluntary Sector (July 2015, pdf, 837KB) analysed trends in the sector’s income, expenditure and assets over the economic recession and recovery, and how headline figures of the sector’s finances have masked vastly different experiences of the wider economic recovery between smaller and larger charities.
  • If you’d like to get in touch about a funding and finance issue, drop a line to our senior policy officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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