Data reveals causes and areas facing the biggest funding gaps

New research suggests there is a funding gap for charities that support victims of domestic abuse and regional gaps in south-west England and Lincolnshire. 

Data from Brevio, a social enterprise that aims to simplify the grant research and application process, reveals the causes and areas that have the greatest disparity between funding needs and available grants.

Using its own giving platform, Brevio collected data from 2,300 charities and 1,945 grants. 

It found that homelessness, supporting victims of domestic abuse, and social and community projects were the causes most in need of funding during 2021.

But it found a slightly different focus for funders, where social and community projects, environment and climate, and homelessness services were among the cause areas with the most available grants. 

Researchers said this shows a clear funding shortfall for charities that supported victims of abuse at a time when the Office for National Statistics has found a six per cent increase in the number of domestic abuse crimes in England and Wales and a 22 per cent increase in calls made to domestic abuse helplines in 2021.

The data also reveals which geographic locations across the UK were most in need of funding throughout 2021 and, comparatively, where the highest proportion of funders were making grants available. 

It revealed a high concentration of charities with funding needs in London and south-west England during 2021. 

But while the highest concentration of available grants over the same period were found in London, followed by Birmingham and Manchester, the biggest funding gaps were found in south-west England and Lincolnshire.

Billy Wright, chief executive of Brevio, said: “We are encouraging funders to be flexible and adaptable in their approach, rather than being primarily geographically focused."

Research published earlier this week by the think tank NPC found homelessness charities are likely to miss out on levelling up funding because the issue is being ignored, despite the public feeling it is the most important issue on the agenda.

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