Published on November 10, 2014
What makes a good funding application?
1. What makes a good funding application?
2. You are the funder What do you need to know? •Can the group manage a grant? •What do they want to do? •Are they eligible? •Is there strong evidence of need? •Has it been well planned and well costed? •What difference will it make?
3. Q: Fit for Funding? •Are they who they say they are? •Is the organisation well managed? •Can they manage their finances? What evidence would you need to answer these questions?
4. Get Fit for Funding! All funders require: •Constitution or governing document •Committee of at least three people •Bank account – 2 unrelated signatories Most recent accounts Registered Charity details
5. Q: What is the Project. What are they going to do with the money? Is it clear?
6. Your Project. Your ‘project’ describes what you want the funding for. Be clear – what do you want to achieve and what will you actually do.
7. Q: Are they eligible? Does the project match your criteria? •How much do they want? •Who will benefit? •Is it in the right geographical area? •Does it match your outcomes?
8. Eligibility READ THE FUNDERS CRITERIA ....Then read them again. If you don’t meet funder’s criteria your application will be rejected immediately.
9. Q: Why is the project needed? Is there strong evidence that the project is needed? Is it what the community wants or is it one person’s great idea? How could they show you the supporting evidence for the project?
10. Evidencing Need •What problems will your project address? •Consultation, surveys and feedback •Unique Selling Point/Competition •Statistics – keep it relevant and light! •Fit with local/national strategies •Evaluation and lessons learned from others
11. Q: Is the project well planned? •Have they shown they have planned the project? •Are there adequate resources? •Does the amount match the size of the project – is it realistic?
12. Plan your project What do you need to make it happen? •Resources – equipment, materials, staff/volunteers, proportion of overheads Cost out all elements of the project •Be realistic – research, get quotes •Don’t underestimate! Who will manage the project and make sure it happens? •What skills do they have to do this?
13. Q: What difference will it make? Will a grant help achieve your fund’s aims? Have they clearly shown what impact the project will have for local people? How will you know?
14. Impact and Outcomes Its not just about what you physically do = Outputs “We will run 12 training sessions and train 50 young people” Show what difference that will make = Outcomes “45 young people reporting increased confidence to...” “ Young people will have improved skills and confidence” “ Improved chances of finding employment ” Use ‘Increase in..’ ‘Reduction in..’ ‘Improved..’
15. Q: Who would you fund? ?
16. Plan your application! Get your ducks in a row Before you put pen to paper
17. For funding advice and support Lincolnshire CVS Grantham, Boston, Spalding, Louth Ruth Copleston 01476561798 [email protected] Voluntary Centre Services Lincoln, Gainsborough, Sleaford Vanessa Maunders 01427 613470 [email protected]