Funding the criminal justice voluntary sector
Voluntary organisations working with people in contact with the criminal justice system receive funding from a variety of sources. These funding sources include national and local government, as well as charitable trusts and foundations. Overall, funding for the sector is fairly evenly split between government and non-government sources. However, Clinks’ research shows that charitable trusts and foundations are the largest source of funding for smaller organisations (with an annual income of £500,000 or less). The way organisations receive this income also varies, with some organisations delivering contracts, while others, especially smaller organisations, rely mainly on grants.
How Clinks supports the sector
Each year Clinks publishes research on the voluntary sector working in criminal justice. Our state of the sector report provides a vital source of evidence that we use to advocate for the sector with key decision makers and funders.
Clinks also provides practical information on funding and income, to support the voluntary sector working in criminal justice. In particular, Clinks focuses on providing content tailored to the needs of small, specialist organisations rooted in local communities.
Visit the pages below to explore our funding and income guidance and resources.
Clinks members can access additional support and resources. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a Clinks member, and how to join, click here.
- Read Clinks' State of the Sector 2022
- A closer look at funding for the criminal justice voluntary sector
- Update on funding for the criminal justice voluntary sector