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Applying For Funding?


Welcome to this section of Sandwell Trends designed especially for voluntary and community organistations requiring information to support funding applications. This section has been developed in partnership with voluntary sector organisations in Sandwell, in response to the increasing need to provide accurate up to date information to evidence local need in funding applications.

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What Funders Want to Know:

To see information about Sandwell's population, health, economy, levels of deprivation and ward profiles - Click here



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Sandwell Trends provides a wide range of information for the borough as a whole and at various levels of geography, that may be of use when preparing a funding bid. Please visit the Sandwell Trends home page.



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Or enter key words into the sites search facility.

If you have specific requirements the search facility is often the quickest way to find out what information is available on Sandwell Trends.



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You can cut and paste specific tables, maps and charts from the site into your funding application to enhance your documents and to enable funders to see graphical information in an easy to understand format.

Click on the button opposite to learn more about how to use Sandwell Trends.


If there is specific information you feel that this section should provide or would be of benefit to yourself as a fundraiser, please contact Research Sandwell on: 0121 569 3078 or e-mail:


Funding Information Trail


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Help for Smaller Groups

An information trail has been designed to lead groups, with less experience, through information that might be useful when putting together a funding application. Please click on the button opposite to start on the trail.



Are you looking for funding? Do you need some support?


There are a range of support services and resources available within Sandwell to assist you to access the most appropriate funding for your group:


For information about sources of funding: 


For hints and tips about applying for funding: 

  • CHAINS website toolkits and advice plus free downloadable Apply Yourself & Budget Yourself software.


For one to one support: 


Support Organisations


Sandwell MBC - External Funding Team
The External Funding Team can assist you through the many stages of the External Funding Process from finding funding for your project or idea, completing your bid, to the evaluation of your projects.

Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
SCVO provides representation and support to the local voluntary and community sector. It offers a wide spectrum of specialised services and aims to support all not-for-profit community groups and voluntary organisations.

Sandwell Community Information and Participation Service (SCIPS)
SCIPS offers facilities, skills and expertise to provide a range of high quality services, and a link for all communities to consult on local, regional and national, Housing and Regeneration issues. SCIPS exists to enable an effective exchange of views and opinions, enabling communities to influence and affect change.

Community Help & Information Network Sandwell (CHAINS)
CHAINS is a partnership working initiative between Sandwell Community Information and Participation Service Ltd (SCIPS) and Wednesbury 2000 Ltd, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The website is a free resource for the promotion and support of Sandwell's community sector.


Research Sandwell - Local Intelligence and Consultation