Location, location, location: where charities are most likely to miss out on funding

Research has revealed the areas of the UK where charities are most likely to miss out on funding.

Also revealed in the research is a funding gap between the good causes most in need of support and where grants are being targeted.

The study, by online grants platform Brevio, is based on details provided by 2,300 charities and involving 1,945 grants.

It has revealed that the highest concentration of charities in need of funding is in London and the South West.

But while London benefits from a high concentration of funders and available grants, there is no similar concentration in the South West.

Eastern regions including Lincolnshire are also missing out geographically.

In addition to London, the highest concentration of available grants is in Birmingham and Manchester.

Meanwhile, charities supporting victims of abuse are also missing out on funding, the research found.

Services supporting victims of abuse are among the good causes most in need of funding over the last year but they not among the list of issues funders are focusing their grants on.

Other causes to miss out include religious groups, emergency responders and art projects, which all have the lowest number of available grants.

Instead, funders’ focus is more likely to be on the environment and tackling climate change.

But Brevio notes that funders have also been concentrating grants on combating homelessness and funding social and community projects, which are also highlighted as charitable causes most in need of financial support.

The online platform says that the lack of funding for supporting victims of abuse comes amid a rise in domestic abuse cases and calls to helplines amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the Office of National Statistics there was a 22% increase in calls from victims of abuse to helplines in 2021 and a 6% jump in the domestic abuse crime rate.

“This increase in demand for domestic abuse support services has put significant pressure on charities who provide these services , resulting in a greater need for funding,” said Brevio.

Billy Wright, Brevio chief executive, praised funders which are being, “flexible and adaptable in their approach, rather than being primarily geographically focused”. He also backed funders which are “open to being needs led”.

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