Top Tips for Funding Applications
  • Make sure you meet the fund’s criteria (if you don’t they won’t be able to consider your application).
  • Answer all the questions… even if it feels like they are asking a similar thing in different questions. Better to repeat something than not to answer a question.
  • Provide them with all the supporting documents that they ask for. Incomplete applications may not be considered.
  • If you are having problems with the application it is often possible to email the funder for clarification and advice. Some funders encourage you to phone and discuss your project before submitting an application – this can be very worthwhile.
  • If the application asks you to provide evidence of community support you will need to provide proof that you have carried out community engagement. How do you know your community is in favour of your project? Letters of support can also be useful if there is the opportunity to provide these.
  • If the funder requires proof of need, make sure you can explain why your project is needed. Are there official figures that can illustrate local need?  Do you have anecdotal evidence?  If you are looking for funding to continue a service, think about providing testimonials from those that have used the service before.
  • If the application asks for the project outcomes, they want to know what benefits will come about because of the project/funding.  So instead of saying, “lots of people will come to our community café”  you would say something like “the café will provide the opportunity for people to socialise locally, helping tackle social isolation and loneliness and improving well-being.”
  • Make sure you can give a full breakdown of costs. Funders will want to know what exactly the money is going to be spent on.  Often they will require quotes, sometimes more than one, if they ask for these make sure you have them.