Six tips for a top grant application
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We give out around £400,000 each financial year in grants, mostly to small community groups – our next grant application deadline is 12 January 2023. Take a look at our tips first so you make the most out of your application.
1. Don’t assume knowledge.
The person reading your application may not be familiar, or that familiar, with your group and what it does. Don’t assume they have any prior knowledge about the group, its track record, how it delivers its work and the needs of the people you support.
2. Be clear about who benefits
Try and be as specific as possible about who you are aiming to support. Instead of saying: “Our sports club aims to reach young people from the north of the borough”, be more specific, such as: “We will engage young people aged 11-15 from White City who do not usually take part in sport.”
3. Can you demonstrate your service or project is needed or wanted?
It always strengthens an application if you can provide some evidence that your proposed project or service is wanted by the people who will benefit from it. Have you done a survey or held some discussions with these people which you can summarise? What are the challenges locally you are trying to help address?
4. Be realistic.
Sometimes groups in their applications seem over ambitious about how many people they will reach or support. Similarly, sometimes newly-established groups apply to us for a lot of funding but do not have a track record of delivery. So be realistic about what you aim to achieve for the size and age of your group.
5. Apply when it is the best time for your group.
We have three funding deadlines each year (usually around January, April, and September) and we divide the funds we have between these three periods. We aim to let groups know the outcome within a month of the deadline. Apply when you are ready and have researched the needs of the people you are looking to help.
6. Talk to us.
We are always happy to speak to new applicants before they put together a grant application. Do leave plenty of time to talk to us in advance of the deadline so you have time to refine your submission.
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