Applying for Funding
KENT & MEDWAY FUNDING FAIR
Stronger Kent Communities’ ever popular Kent & Medway Funding Fair is back and this time we’ll be visiting the district of Dover. Held at the Discovery Park in Sandwich, the day will offer delegates networking opportunities, fundraising seminars and one-to-one mentoring along with the chance to meet those from leading trusts and foundations in the exhibition Marketplace.
To register, visit: https://www.fundingforall.org.uk/events/kent-medway-funding-fair/
Applying for Funding
Once you’ve found the best funding opportunities for your community group, activity or event, you’ll need to complete a formal application. Typically this is an online process.
Applying for funding can be a time consuming process. Application forms can appear daunting, and the level of information you are required to provide may seem excessive. It’s important to remember that time spent on preparing a high quality application will increase your chances of success.
Most funding opportunities are highly competitive. Funders design their application process to gain as much information as possible to help them make their decision, and to ensure that their funding is targeted at the best projects.
Think of the application form as your opportunity to sell your project and to persuade the funder why they should back it.
You will usually be expected to carry out a consultation before you apply for funding for your community group/project.
There are some golden rules to follow when writing an application for funding.
- Make a call
Before making a start on your application, call the funder to make sure your project meets their criteria.
- Take time
Don’t rush your application. Take time to complete the application carefully, making sure you answer all the questions. A rushed application is likely to be a rejected application.
- Take advice
Often funders will provide advice and resources to help you complete the application form. Make sure you read any guidance notes before you start your application. Ask friends or colleagues who may have been involved with similar projects.
- Take care
Quality counts when it comes to writing your bid. Ask someone to proof read your application to check for any errors. You could also ask a ‘critical friend’ to take an independent view of your bid – would they give you the money?
- Think ‘outcomes’
Most funders will want to know about ‘outcomes’ – what difference will your project make? Don’t confuse this with ‘output’ or what you will actually deliver.
- Evidence ‘need’
Funders will want to see evidence that there is a need for your project. What statistics and other information can you use to support your case? Is your project in a deprived area? Can you identify a gap in local services for your community?
- Why us?
Funders are looking for the biggest possible impact and so will often look favourably on projects that can demonstrate that no other source of funding is available to them. You need to show why your project is the one for them.
- Partnership working
Funders will look to see if your project supports or compliments other projects. Demonstrating that you are working in partnership with others will be to your advantage.
- Make milestones
Funders will want to see the timescale for your project. Include the key milestones for development in your application so they can see how you intend to deliver it.
- Think ‘future’
You will be expected to show that you’ve thought about how you will fund the project in the future. They will not be interested in funding a project that folds as soon as the funding ends. Draw up plans to make your project sustainable.
Contact the Communication & Engagement Team