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.