Posted tagged ‘Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid’

Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: step 6

June 20, 2010

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.   (more…)

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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 – 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…)

Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: step 5

January 11, 2010

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 🙂     (more…)

Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: step 4

December 22, 2009

RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE THE NEED:

Many application forms will ask a question like “How do you know there’s a need for your project?”  It’s no good to state that it’s a project you’ve been wanting to do for ages, or that one of your Trustees is really keen.  Getting this answer wrong is one of the quickest ways to ensure your bid ends up in the waste-paper bin!      (more…)

Sharing the secrets of my favourite charitable trusts and foundations

December 18, 2009

Given the season of good will and all that, I wondered whether there would be any interest in me sharing the details of some of my favourite less well-known charitable trusts and foundations?     (more…)