Posted tagged ‘charitable trusts and foundations’

Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: Step Ten

May 27, 2012

Final Read-through

If you’ve followed the first nine steps (plus the odd addition along the way), your bid should be in pretty good shape.  Quite rightly, the Ten Steps blog finishes with Step Ten, and covers the final read-through.  It’s a rather more important stage than you may have assumed!

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Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: Step Nine

December 30, 2011

Monitoring & Evaluation

Another question on grant application forms that is often answered badly, is the question on monitoring and evaluation.  You need to show that you understand the need to check and capture that what you are doing is actually delivering your original aims.  (more…)

Successful Bid-writing: The Power of Words

December 9, 2011

Ah, the power of words.  I was running a course on tendering for local authority contracts in Devon a couple of months ago, and on the evaluation forms one participant wrote “I never realised that the WORDS mattered so much.”  It raised a wry grin from me … well actually I had to supress a bit of a laugh.  Just what else do we have to persuade a funder to give us money?  Videos, slideshows, photo-montages are all well and good but I’m yet to find a charitable trust or foundation that doesn’t still want something written down! (more…)

Bid appraisal by (secret) checklist

August 5, 2011

It’s useful when a funder issues clear, detailed guidance notes.  Ideally, these should include a full list of what the funder is looking for in a bid.  As applicants, we can then use this as a checklist, knowing that whoever is appraising the bid is using the same checklist.  I’ve been doing some bid appraisals where unfortunately I knew that I had an appraisal checklist that was different from anything the applicants had seen. (more…)

Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: step 8

December 10, 2010

Value for Money – realistic costing:

Scroll back to an earlier blog that released the information the Lottery didn’t want you to know – the reasons why most Lottery bids are rejected.  In third place was “not demonstrating value for money”.  This makes this topic incredibly important, yet most people feel it’s incredibly intangible. (more…)

Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: step 7

July 29, 2010

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. (more…)

Lottery – reasons they reject bids:

May 25, 2010

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.   (more…)

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

March 7, 2010

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!

February 21, 2010

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.     (more…)

Favourite funding sources – part two

January 29, 2010

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!     (more…)