Posted tagged ‘Lottery’

And fundraising just got harder …..

July 16, 2010

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.  (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…)

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 one

January 19, 2010

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.     (more…)

Fundraising in a Recession

November 18, 2009

In the current economic climate, fundraising from businesses is harder than ever.  Worse still is the impact the Olympics are having on the availability of Lottery funding.  Reduced “pots” under the Lottery umbrella has massively lowered the success rate of applications – we used to expect a 25% success rate, this has plummetted to around 10%, even for Awards for All (the most “accessible” funding pot).  In turn, this pushes more applicants on to the charitable trusts and foundations, thus lowering the success rate there too. 

When funders know that 90% of the bids they read won’t be funded, they look for a reason to throw yours into the “reject” heap.   It is essential therefore to ensure that your funding bid avoids the wastepaper bin.  I’ll be publishing tips from my “Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid” here over the next month to help charities and community organisations write well-targetted, realistic and well-evidenced funding proposals.