Funding Support has now been around for just over 9 years and in that time has worked with a wide range of funders, grantmakers and local community groups and charities. We have:

  • Worked with and supported 10 funders and grantmakers

  • Assessed and reviewed over 600 grant applications

  • Secured nearly £4m for charities and community groups

  • Delivered training to over 300 people, helping them to understand funders and grantmakers

We are a small team based in Nottinghamshire, that are always happy to discuss new work and opportunities. So pick up the phone or email us and lets see if we can help you.

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James Kirkpatrick

James has worked within funding for over 20 years, working for the Community Fund, Big Lottery Fund and BBC Children in Need before setting up Funding Support.

He continues to work for funders, supporting the work of the Boots Charitable Trust in Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands Funding Forum across the region. He also continues to assess grant applications for a number of funders including Comic Relief and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Over the last 9 years James has also worked with charities and community groups helping them to secure nearly £4m from trust, foundations and other sources.


Natalie has worked within the charity sector for over 15 years, working for both grantmakers and directly developing and delivering services. 

Over the last 12 years she has supported charities to develop their service user involvement approach, developing significant skills and understanding of the values and practice of co-production.

She currently works part time for RNIB as part of their National Involvement Team, and is an active member of the Shared Learning Group on Involvement (a network of 30 national charities).

Natalie Swiderska