What a Funding Officer wants to know! By , The Big Lottery Fund.

As a member of the Big Advice team, we regularly speak with our funding colleagues to ensure that we are providing the best possible advice. Awards for All is our most popular fund, so I’ve asked five Awards for All Funding Officers What should an applicant include in their application? here’s what they said:

Peter Watson – “I would like you to provide a good breakdown of costs requested, especially in relation to sessional staff (hourly rate and hours worked per week). Also, I would like to know any details of any partnership working or volunteeringinvolved in the project.”

Shaunagh Jones – “I want to know why the project is needed within your community; it’s good to cite SIMD statistics and statutory reports, but I want to know why your project will have an effect on these, if there’s a demand for the activities and how will you engage people? It is also good to know where the match funding will come from, if you need any.”

Ulrik Westen-Jensen – “I would like you to provide an estimate of the number of people who will benefit from your project. Instead of putting ‘numerous’ or ‘many’, provide a number so that we can get an idea of the proportion.  Although each project is unique, I would like to know whether the grant applied for, will have an impact on 10 or 100 people.”

Stephen Cox – “Tell us about your project and not just the history of your group. Tell us what you want to do and why you want to do it – then explain who the project benefit and how it will benefit this group. Use plain English and make sure to apply in the correct name.Lastly, don’t submit an application and then leave the country for 6 weeks!” 

Michael Smart – “I would suggest that you don’t just quote statistics on poverty and deprivation in your area – make sure to include how your project addresses these local issues and how it will help the people affected. The best evidence comes from the people your organisation wants to help – what change do they want to see in their community?

A few of the Funding Officers gave the same tips; so here are the Top five:

1)  Don’t just quote statistics on poverty and deprivation in your area – make sure to include how your project addresses these local issues and how it will help the people affected.

3)  Provide any details of match funding.

2)  Provide an estimate of the number of people who will benefit from your project.

4)  Provide a breakdown of costs requested, especially in relation to sessional staff.

5)  Don’t just provide the history of your group – tell us what you want and why you want to do it!

I hope this has given you a few tips to include in your Awards for All application. If you have any questions, just get in touch to chat about your project idea. You can reach us on our Big Advice line by calling 0300 123 7110 or you can send us an email, advicescotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk. Good Luck!!

Source: Big Blog Scotland

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