As an independent researcher or scholar it can be difficult to access to funding as it is often restricted to students or staff of educational institutions. However, the more you advertise (i.e. publish, lecture), the more you’ll have an increasingly impressive resumé or CV that will be attractive to funding bodies. Every lecture or publication is a building block towards your goal.
Remember also that along the way you’ll meet people who may be able to act as referees for grants, so act nice!
Do not assume that funding bodies based in a particular country only take applications from the citizens of that country – read the terms and conditions to check this.
See this listing of funding opportunities at the Open Education Database (OEDb) to get a sense of the kind of funders there are, such as, universities, libraries and private foundations.
Independent Scholar Funding Noticeboard – links to funding possibilities for scholars outside the academy.