Before you start
Applying for funding can be a daunting and confusing
thing. You get asked for lots of information and the forms and
questions can seem repetitive and hard to understand. Don't
panic! I'm here to help you at every step of the way, from the
first search for potential funders to helping you look over your
final application before submission.
I will ask you a number of questions to help me search
for the best sources of funding for your group. These questions
will be similar to those that the funders will need to know as
These initial questions are:
- Does the group have a constitution and bank account?
These are essential for funding.
- Who are your target groups that will benefit from your
- What do you want the money for and how much do you
- If the funding is for a building project - do you own or
lease the building? How long is the lease for?
This information will help me conduct a search
using Grantfinder (a database with information from thousands of
funding organisations around the country), I will send the
reports out to you so that you can start the application
Once you have received your Grantfinder report here are a few
handy hints that can help make life a little bit easier for
- Contact the funding bodies to see if your project is
eligible and learn of any deadlines for applications. Checking
eligibility before you apply can save you time and effort if you
are not eligible or cannot meet the deadlines.
- Get copies of guidelines and criteria for the scheme. You
will be able to find out what work will need to be done to complete
the application and how the funding body will want to monitor the
- Who is going to complete the application? Within the
group who has the most experience or knowledge of applications, or
will there be more than just you completing the form?
- What information will you need to collect to complete the
form? Will you need to source quotes for building work or
Once you have received the application form and supporting
information, make sure you read it carefully. Take a copy of the
blank form so you can use it to draft your application and keep one
copy for your final application.
Check the deadline for submission and give yourself
enough time to complete the form and check it through with your
group or with the funding officer. Make a list of all the
information you need to collect to answer the questions and again
make sure you give yourself enough time to get all the
These other hints may help you complete the form. If
you have any questions at this stage - give me a ring and I'll
try and help.