Frequently Asked Questions
What if my group is not yet set up?
I would recommend that you speak to our colleagues at
Amber Valley CVS, who will be able to advise you on how to develop
your group, with a constitution, bank account, committee and all
the relevant policies you need. Please speak to Angela Quinn on
Is your Group already set up?
Please contact Amber Valley Borough Council's funding
office on 01773 841493.
After I have contacted the Funding Officer, what
I will use all the information that you have
given me about your project or group and complete a search for
funding using my database Grantfinder. I will then send
you the report with potential funders for you to contact for
further information and application packs.
How do I apply for funding?
Mostly through application forms, but some funders will
ask for a letter outlining the project proposal. You will be able
to get the most up to date application when you contact the
Can I apply on line?
In a lot of cases you can apply on line. If you are
planning to do this is, it is worthwhile to print a copy to
complete in rough before you fill in the final application. Don't
forget to print off copies for your records! If you need to answer
questions you will have all the information to hand.
What deadlines are involved?
Some grants do not have deadlines and you can apply at any
time in the year. Other funding schemes have specific dates
throughout the year when applications must be received by. Remember
to ask for the next deadline when contacting funders for the first
time, this will give you enough time to complete your application
without rushing it.
What do I need to include with my
You may be asked to submit additional information with
your application. This may include your constitution, audited
accounts, bank statements, quotations for work or your project
What is 'match funding'?
'Match or Partnership funding' is where a funding body
won't fund 100% of your project costs - the exact percentage will
be made clear when you receive the information pack for the
application. You will need to secure extra money to ensure that you
can fund the project totally. Sometimes this extra funding can be
What are 'in-kind contributions'?
An in-kind contribution is a non-cash input which can be
given a cash value, this could be volunteer time for labour
How will my application be assessed?
Applications can be assessed in a variety of ways, some
funders have a set scoring system where marks are awarded against a
criteria, others could be through a meeting of trustees and based
on how well your project meets their priorities. All the
information about the assessment process should be in the
application pack, it doesn't hurt to ask and it pays to know how
your application will be assessed when you write it.
How long will it take funders to make a
This depends on a number of different things, for example,
how big the grant is (the larger it is the longer it takes as a
general rule) and when the assessment panel meets. The decision
time can take from a number of weeks to months. Again, ask about
this when you contact the funders especially if you are planning a
project for a certain time of year.
How will I be told if I am successful - or
It is normal practice to receive a letter confirming your
grant offer, in some cases funders may telephone to confirm but
this is rare.
If you are not successful you will receive a letter to
tell you, but you will not always receive feedback. If you would
like feedback on the reasons why you were not successful contact
the funder and ask, the feedback may be done over the phone or in