Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: step 7

Posted July 29, 2010 by tamaraessex
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Describe the Project:

Sounds easy, doesn’t it?  But this is where you have to use your journalistic skills … and by that I mean “Think tabloid” !!!   You only have a line or two to grab the interest of the people reading your funding application – so make the project sound captivating, effective, and significant in those first few words. Read the rest of this post »

And fundraising just got harder …..

Posted July 16, 2010 by tamaraessex
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So the voluntary and community sector will get less Lottery money.  Isn’t that just great?  What started out as being “our” pot of money all those years ago, then got raided to fund bolt-on NHS services and bolt-on education services.  And then came the Olympics.  Read the rest of this post »

Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: step 6

Posted June 20, 2010 by tamaraessex
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Demonstrate Your Track Record: 

As well as having a superb project that exactly hits the priorities of your chosen funder, any charitable trust or foundation needs to feel confident that your organisation is robust and that you have the capability to successfully manage the project you are proposing.

Spell out that your organisation is robust, has delivered a range of projects successfully before, and has managed budgets of a similar size.  List a few specific projects that have worked well.   If this is a larger project than you have managed before, use other ways of demonstrating that you have the skills – you might have a Trustee with a financial background, or a member of staff who managed large projects in their previous job, or a Trustee who works for a larger organisation and manages large budgets, for example.   Read the rest of this post »

Lottery – reasons they reject bids:

Posted May 25, 2010 by tamaraessex
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The Blog is Back!!!   My apologies for the gap since the last blog entry.  Hopefully this will make up for it – I’ve unofficially got hold of the official list of the top eleven reasons that Lottery applications are rejected, and I’m sharing  the top three here.   Read the rest of this post »

Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: step 5 (b)

Posted March 7, 2010 by tamaraessex
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A Little More about Outcomes:

In response to a couple of requests, and because I think this is one of the main obstacles to a great funding bid, I’m going to expand a little on the vexed question of outcomes.

When I wrote about this earlier this year, I said that if you found the outcomes question EASY to answer, you probably hadn’t done it right.  I stick by that.   It is always going to be a difficult balancing act, to strike the correct line between wanting to OVER-state your outcomes (because you want to show how brilliant your project will be), and UNDER-stating your outcomes (because you want to make sure you can deliver them and demonstrate you have delivered them).   

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Favourite funding sources – update: Awards for All simplifies!

Posted February 21, 2010 by tamaraessex
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So is someone from Awards for All reading this blog?  Did my uncensored rant against the unnecessary complexities of their forms really make a difference?  No I don’t think so as their changes must have been well underway before I ranted.  But nevertheless, it’s cause for celebration throughout the land!

Awards for All was intended to be the “simple” bit of Lottery funding, for small, local projects often run by previously unfunded community-based organisations.  But with a centralised over-controlling approach (perhaps stemming from top-heavy micro-management from political masters nervous of bad publicity if money went to a group unable to properly manage it), they achieved a ridiculously-complex form which was totally disproportionate to the small levels of funding offered.     Read the rest of this post »

Favourite funding sources – for capital projects

Posted February 8, 2010 by tamaraessex
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A few people have asked for information about funders for capital projects (especially for buildings), so this blog will focus on current sources for community buildings in the UK.  I’m going to describe my current experience of three major grant applications which I am submitting on behalf of Christchurch Community Partnership for their new Druitt Hall community centre.  We are at the stage that we have fairly detailed architects’ plans, for which planning permission has been secured, and the land is in the process of being transferred to us.     Read the rest of this post »

Favourite funding sources – part two

Posted January 29, 2010 by tamaraessex
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It was pleasing to see how many readers had clicked through on the link to www.communityfoundations.org.uk last week to follow up my suggestion of accessing Comic Relief and Grassroots grants through your local Community Foundation.  If you’re successful, do let me know!

It’s impossible to discuss funding sources without mentioning the Lottery.   Now many of us remember when there was a plethora of different funding streams under that heading, a whole range of completely separate awarding bodies.  Is it good news that they’ve mostly merged into BIG Lottery and Awards for All?  I thought it was, but am now unsure because in April 2009 they moved arts, sports and heritage back OUT of Awards for All and returned them to the Arts Council, the Sports Council, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Some arts organisations complain that the benefits of Awards for All was that favouritism didn’t come into it, but now that applications go to the Arts Council smaller organisations struggle and feel discriminated against.  But that’s all wandering into controversial areas!  And we are where we are, and must write our bids accordingly!     Read the rest of this post »

Favourite funding sources – part one

Posted January 19, 2010 by tamaraessex
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Today I want to point you towards your local Community Foundation, for several very good reasons.  In most areas of the United Kingdom they are distributing some quite significant pots of money, but usually through  a much simplified, more user-friendly application process.

Comic Relief grants, FairShare grants, and Grassroots grants are all available through the Community Foundations, and these three pots are invaluable for smaller voluntary and community organisations.  Best of all, you don’t need to be a registered charity to receive any of them.     Read the rest of this post »

Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: step 5

Posted January 11, 2010 by tamaraessex
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UNDERSTANDING OUTCOMES

Oh this is a big topic!  Getting to grips with inputs, outputs and outcomes is a whole two-day training course – more than can be dealt with in a short blog!   Still, I’ll do my best 🙂     Read the rest of this post »