Everything you need to know
to get started with Brevio
Brevio was founded and is funded by highly accomplished philanthropist Marcelle Speller, who was awarded an OBE for her work in the voluntary sector.
Brevio is driven by research and shaped by feedback. We worked closely with the University of Bath as well as charities and grant makers big and small, to build Brevio.
We are a not-for-profit, UK registered social enterprise, with B-Corp status pending. We are deeply committed to having a positive impact on society. And we are continually investing in research and development that pays back into the sector. We are independent, which means we are impartial and can fairly meet the needs of both funder and applicants.
Brevio’s board is made up of world leading experts spanning technology, academia, government and blue chip organisations. Read more about our team
What types of organisations can use Brevio?
Whether you’re a registered charity, a company with a social purpose (or both), you can register with Brevio. Check our full list of organisation types below:
Unincorporated association or club
Scottish charitable incorporated organisation (SCIO)
Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
You probably research and fill out many funding applications and have found they all require pretty much the same information. That’s where Brevio comes in - Brevio automates the initial steps in grant research and application to save you from filling in endless grant forms. Brevio provides you with:
- One organisational profile capturing the standard data
- Space to tell your story and write about your mission
- A dashboard to add all your specific and ongoing funding needs
- Instant notifications when you’re matched to funds for which you are eligible.
Ready to join? https://app.brevio.org/applicant/sign_up/get-started
Grant-givers already using Brevio
Our flagship product matches you to Grant givers using the Brevio application. Grant givers set up their eligibility criteria on Brevio, choosing from a range of categories, services and types of organisation. Charities set up their funding needs within Brevio, choosing from this same range of categories to establish their focus areas and beneficiaries. Brevio then matches charities to any funds for which they meet the eligibility criteria. It may sound complex but it’s all very simple: realtime eligibility matching.
Grant-givers who are not (yet!) using Brevio
Brevio has recently added a large number of grants to our database, some of these grant givers are using their own application forms and processes. In order to apply for these funds you must to go to the grant givers website and apply directly. The matching still works, showing you what your organisation is eligible to apply for.
We are working with all types of funders to make it easier for them to receive the Brevio application form, but in the mean time to make it slightly easier for you, you're able to download your Brevio profile by clicking the "Download funding profile" button in the grant information page, or via the 'My funding needs' tab, and you can copy and paste the information grants givers require, or use this as a supporting document to submit as part of your application.
Every time you are matched we will alert you via email, you can then:
- View details about your matches and the grant-giver
- Apply instantly to any Grant Givers using the Brevio application
- Follow the link to apply for matches outside of Brevio
*Please note: while we will always match you to any public grant criteria, we cannot guarantee complete eligibility to grant givers using their own application forms.
During the application you will need the folllowing information:
- Your organisation’s details, including governance, staff and trustee numbers
- Governance and safeguarding details, including any relevant documents & policies
- Key people and financial information, including signatories, forecast income and recent accounts
- Details on what you are seeking funding for, including your focus areas and beneficiaries.
Most of these you will only need to provide once. You can update this information at any time via your dashboard.
Once you’ve got all the information ready joining Brevio should take no more than half an hour to complete.
You can also invite a team member to help you fill out the required sections. If at any point you need to come back to the application later, you can save your progress and complete it when you are ready. You can also update your information at any time via your dashboard.
Yes, Brevio works best when you add multiple funding needs to cover your charity’s different requirements. You can set up as many funding needs as you like, under the following categories:
- Capital costs
- Core costs
- Project / Idea
- Capacity Building
- Monitoring & Evaluation
Each time one of your funding needs get a match you’ll receive an instant alert. And best of all Brevio will continually check for new matches for all of your funding needs!
Brevio already works with a variety of grant givers and in touch with new ones everyday. We are working with:
- Community Foundations
- Grant making organisation
- Trust advisors
- Membership bodies
- Wealth managers
Only grant-givers will be able to view your organisation's details. Brevio has done extensive work to be GDPR compliant and data secure. Brevio also provides the opportunity for some sensitive information to be hidden from funders, for example women’s shelters.
Once you have applied for a grant you will be notified by Brevio that your application has been successfully sent. The application will then be reviewed by the funder who is responsible for contacting you directly to outline the outcome of your application and next steps.
If you need to discuss anything related to your application (and the closing/decision date has passed) please contact the funder directly.
Sounds like a no brainer, right? Sign me up.
How we innovate
How we innovate
The rise of the new philanthropy
How we innovate podcast
How we Innovate
How we innovate
Why do two-thirds of UK grant applications currently fail?
With research revealing that 66% of UK grant applications currently fail, let’s explore the current UK grant application process and the reasons behind this.
Unlocking the potential of data in the third sector
How is technology transforming third sector? Data and digital technology present many opportunities for the third sector, so why has uptake been so slow?
UK charities are spending at least £442m to secure vital funding since Covid
Outdated and overcomplicated application processes could have cost hard-pressed British charities at least £442 million through attempts to secure desperately-needed funds during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new survey reveals.
How Brevio is helping charities find funding
While the past year was an extremely difficult one for charities and non-profits, many turned to new ways to find funding. And we wanted to share some of our success stories!
Going digital – what tools should your charity be using?
Here are some of our favourite digital tools that we think your charity would benefit from.
Five tips to optimise your funding need
For Brevio to work best, it’s important that your charity sets up your funding needs in a way that gives grant makers a clear indication of what you’re looking to achieve. To help you make sure that your funding need captures your aims, read on for our 5 quick tips. This is the best way to ensure you get a match!