Here are some practical tips and points to consider when preparing your funding application:
All funding applications are different. Make sure you read the application form carefully and understand what is needed. Include all information requested & ensure it is current.
Plan ahead to ensure that you have all the information you require to submit a full application before the due date.
Make sure that your purpose and project fits within the funders criteria. If unsure ring and discuss your project with the funder.
Assume the funders know nothing about you or your project.
Answer these key questions:
Why –Detail the purpose of project;
What – Detail the steps to complete the project;
Who – People involved;
How – Methods to complete the project.
Provide an accurate and up to date outline of your current financial position.
The contact person on the application needs to be actually available to contact.
Keep a copy of the application it will make it easier next time you apply.
Be realistic, be honest, and don’t rely on one funder to fund the whole project.