What does a strong application look like?
Strong applications will demonstrate:
- How your project will meet one or more of our anti-poverty and inequality priorities.
- How your project will demonstrate its outcomes - what indicators will be used?
- An active consideration of other means of funding (e.g. match funding, in kind support other funders, income generation)
- A clear consideration of sustainability - what will happen after the funding period?
- How your organisation and your project has engaged with the community.
- A budget that is clearly broken down into its component parts.
- A consideration of collaboration and joined up working. This creates better outcomes for people, efficiencies and better chance of sustainability. Who else out there is doing similar work?
Do all applicants need to demonstrate future sustainability?
In the main, yes. This can be achieved in several ways:
- Sustainability through income generation, partnership working, building relationships
- A clear indication of actual applications (or intention of applying) to other funders to diversify income streams
- Building case for support / evidence to enable strategic discussions with the relevant public sector partners (e.g. CCG, LA, PCC).
- At the very least, applicants should be able to demonstrate that they are pursuing a ‘mixed funding’ model (i.e. one that doesn’t solely rely on our funding going forward). This could include a membership model, or a way beneficiaries donate a small amount of money over the year.
- It might not be funding generation that can lead to sustainability. There may be a focus on growing the volunteering base to continue activities, or securing a venue to work from at better rates. Any efforts that can be shown to demonstrate any additionality from a previous request is favourably considered.
Will you fund core costs?
Yes - provided your work meets our priorities. Core costs are related to the running of an organisation / project and include salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs. We recognise that core costs are incurred in the delivery of good services. The costs incurred need to be suitably broken down within the budget section of the application form. Core costs can include:
- Management – costs associated with governance; user engagement; consultation; monitoring & evaluation, required to deliver the project
- Research and development – innovation / developing new ideas; quality assurance; staff training / development
- Support services – phone; IT; finance and audit; marketing; premises; travel and subsistence (including volunteers)
Will you fund construction/capital costs?
- Construction (capital) costs will be considered on a case by case basis, taking into account the impact of the project (based on our priorities), and match funding and future sustainability.
- Depending on our stake in the build, we may specify using local builders and inclusion of an offer work experience / apprenticeships. However, this would be proportionate to the size of grant. For example, if we were a smaller funder in a wider bid, while we’d express a preference to use local builders we would not make this a prerequisite of funding. However, if we were the majority funder, we may do.
- Any application related to construction costs will need to be supported by a comprehensive future sustainability model.
- If we have invested in construction costs, we will not consider future applications by the same project / organisation for future running costs.
- Environmental sustainability is important and there would be an expectation to build sensitively and sustainably according to legislation.
Upon submitting Stage 2 of a Large grant for construction costs, the applicant is asked to provide:
- Confirmation of match funding for the build
- A Business plan
- At least three recent and signed letters of support from direct beneficiaries
- Evidence of community consultation i.e. results of consultations or surveys
- Schedule of occupancy/activity for example existing regular groups using the facility, average user numbers per group and frequency of each group activity
- Site plans or drawings of the facility
Are there any items you don’t fund?
We will not fund:
- Activities that have already happened.
- Activities run by a Company Limited by Shares
- Anything that promotes/advances religion
- Anything that promotes/advances a political stance
- Projects linked to animal welfare
- Travel Abroad
- Activities that benefit one individual
- Activity or services which the Government (National or Local) is obliged to pay for by law
- Contributions towards general fundraising appeals
Can the applicant receive a wage from their application?
- Yes – though we’d look to ensure that the wage was proportionate to the overall grant and in line with similar roles. For bigger organisations and grants, we need assurance that salary benchmarking has been completed.
What is your approach to repeat funding?
- Grants can be made over 1 or 2 years. We understand tackling deep-rooted problems takes time so we may sometimes fund over a longer period. However, our interest in supporting work in the longer term has to be balance against our need to encourage new groups and new thinking. This means our funding can’t continue indefinitely.
- Repeat funding will be considered on a case by case basis. Any application for repeat funding needs to include a robust evaluation of the work funded previously, analysis of the continuing (or perhaps changing) need to support the application and a clear demonstration of sustainability options that have been pursued.
Can I have more than one grant at the same time/in a year?
- You can have up to 2 grants running at the same time and receive 2 grants within 1 year.
Can I get any help completing my application?
- Yes, absolutely. We have dedicated Capacity Builders who can support you in completing your application. They work on an area basis, so please get in touch and we will connect you with the Capacity Builder for your area.
Can I get a word copy of the application form to work on?
- Please email us for a word copy of the application form. You will still need to submit your final application online, but if you prefer to work from a word document, we can provide you with this.
If I have been previously unsuccessful, can I reapply?
- You cannot reapply with the exact same application – you will receive the same response.
- You will have received feedback from us regarding the outcome of your application. In some cases you may be able to adhere to the feedback, improve your application and reapply for the same project, in which case we advise you work with a Capacity Builder on your reapplication.
- If you are applying for a new or different project and it is eligible for our funding, you can apply again to our fund.