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Securing funding can be a tricky road to navigate. Saba Salman from The Guardian asks how much money charities should have in the bank when applying for a grant.

Latest figures from the NCVO estimate that reserves held by UK charities are collectively worth around £49bn, which equates to 15 months of spending.

It’s not an insignificant sum. But while the amount held per organisation varies, the question of how much charities should ideally have in reserve is a difficult one to answer. Recently, one contributor to a live Q&A described applying to the same funder in successive years; the charity was told it either had too much in reserve (12 months), and should finance the work itself, or that there were concerns about sustainability (when they had seven months’ worth in the bank).

Standing out from the crowd: how charities can attract top funders

Organisations are generally required to include a reserves policy in annual reports, under the charities accountancy rules. But what size of reserves is right when attracting funders?

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