Funding is the provision of monetary resources in order to finance a capital project, operations, or a special project (such as research). The funds may come from internal reserves or outside providers of capital, such as lenders, investors, or donors. Common sources of funding are as follows:
- Donor contributions
- Equity-based crowdfunding
- Government grants
- Investor stock purchases
- Operating credit from suppliers
- Rewards-based crowdfunding
The term can also be used in a more narrow sense, where it implies that funds are being allocated to an internal project from internal reserves. This application is most commonly found in government entities.
Funding is more easily obtained when there is a specifically-defined need for it, along with a business plan, collateral, and a statement of projected cash flows.