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I was reading a magazine, and I faced this sentence:

From 2005, it became really difficult to get funding for work on something

I was curious to know why the writer has used funding rather than the fund.

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Funding is the word we use for the process of raising money from investors or institutions.

So the writer is saying that it was difficult to persuade people/institutions to provide the money that was needed for one or other project.

Funds, plural, signifies the money that it raised, whether for a single purpose or for multiple purposes.

Thus, it would have meant much the same if funds had been used instead of funding.

However, it would not be idiomatic to speak of the fund, which would refer to a particular fund. The writer is speaking about the difficulty of raising money in general, not of any particular fund.

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