Funding Tips

Writing an effective funding application is usually the first step towards getting you project off the ground. RRAVS can offer you support and guidance to help you towards a successful application, get in touch for more information.

  • Remember when writing applications it is 80% preparation 20% writing.
  • Research funders.
  • Get a current contact name and address for your chosen funder and use it on all correspondence.
  • Avoid jargon and acronyms keep it clear and precise (but make sure you get all your points across).
  • Get to the point in the first paragraph: What do you want to do? Why? How much will it cost?
  • Ask the funder for a specific amount of money to fund a particular area of work.
  • Use the appropriate funder for the level of grant required.
  • Ensure your named contact can confidently answer questions the funder may have about the project.
  • Allow enough time between sending applications and the start of the project.
  • Think about the project as a package – include salaries and running costs.
  • Use facts & figures – evidence the need for your project – provide details of any consultations.
  • Make sure you answer all of the questions asked on the application form.
  • Make sure the application is completed in full and signed by the appropriate person.
  • Make sure it is submitted by the deadline date.
  • Get someone to appraise your application before sending it.
  • Give evidence of any partnership work, links to other services.
  • Include budget within breakdown.
  • Include a project plan which should include ideas about what will happen at the end of the project – Exit Strategy. Sustainability etc.

    RRAVS are here to help you through every step of the process.


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