The Ferret is a product of years of support from our paying members. If you’re one of the many thousands of people that have supported our work – thanks! You are the largest, and most important source of income to The Ferret. If you've not yet joined, you can do that online here.

We also supplement the income from our members with money from grant giving bodies, event fees, and selling stories to other media organisations.

We have launched stories in partnership with a range of other media organisations including The Guardian, The Daily Record, The Times, The National and The Sunday National.

We do not accept funding from any organisation that seeks to influence our editorial.

As all of our paying members are eligible to stand for election to the board, we try to be as transparent as possible with everyone about how The Ferret works. Our transparency dashboard is updated regularly with information on our  web visitors, social media performance, complaints and financial documentation. You can find it here:


All our accounts and annual returns are available on the Financial Conduct Authority website. You can find them here:

Grant funders

The Ferret is grateful to the organisations listed below for providing funding or in-kind support to The Ferret, since we launched in 2015.

In current financial year: 

£10,000 or more

  • European Journalism Covid-19 Support Fund
  • Luminate Group
  • Lankelly Foundation
  • European Climate Foundation

Less than £10,000

  • Google Covid-19 Emergency Fund
  • Public Interest News Foundation
  • Caledonia Centre for Social Development 

In previous years: 

£10,000 or more

  • The Seedbed Trust
  • Google DNI Fund
  • First Port
  • Luminate Group

Less than £10,000

  • Cooperatives UK
  • One Kind
  • 38 Degrees
  • Centre for Investigative Journalism
  • Lenfest Institute, Community Listening and Engagement Fund
  • Lush
  • People's Postcode Lottery