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Work in progress


Please note that this page is currently in development.


You are viewing a preview of our new web pages, designed to deliver our research in a useful and usable format for CEOs and Trustees of small voluntary and community organisations. We are planning to ‘launch’ this new area of the site in Jan 2018. 


All feedback is welcome. Do get in touch with

We don’t have any magic words for securing core funding; but we do have some insight from funders and ideas that may be useful when considering how to make your case. 

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All articles and quotes on this page draw from IVAR’s research, particularly from our work with trusts and foundations & voluntary and community organisations.


We ask the question ‘what’s keeping you awake at night and how can core funding help you sleep better?’

What difference does core funding make? 


Core funding would enable us to support the core of our operations – the key staff, the office, the basic communications (phone/IT/postage) so that we can continue to deliver well what we already deliver. It should enable us to feel more secure and continue to gain stability and plan longer term. In turn that allows us time/research to find other project specific funding where our business plan identifies a need/demand.

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