Top Hints & Tips for Your Sport Grant/Funding Application!
Posted: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:09
We have recently launched an exciting new agreement with Funding 4 Sport to help fund sport and physical activity in our local Luton and Bedford community. Funding4Sport write funding bids for organisations on a 'no win, no fee' basis and have an 85% success rate! They write funding bids for community groups, schools and sports clubs for both capital and revenue based projects.
We have complied some of the most important hints and tips below to improve your sport funding application, increasing your chance of success for your project in Bedfordshire.
- It sounds obvious but make sure you always thoroughly read the funding stream guidance notes. These guidance notes often provide you with essential information, such as what is and isn't funded as well as providing you with tips on completing the application.
- Check you meet the funding criteria, are you eligible to apply for the funding stream - this can often be found in the guidance notes. This will save you a lot of time in the long run.
- When applying for funding always keep in mind the funding bodies key aims. For example if the aims are increasing participation, then how will your project increase participation and how can you evidence this.
- Plan your project. This will save time, money and many future problems. Also some funders (e.g. Sport England's Small Grant programme) like to see evidence of the plan when you apply. Therefore ensure you have a clear vision of what you want to do and how and why you want to do it.
- State the obvious - Assume nothing other than the funder has no prior knowledge of your club/group, sport, local area or project activity.
- Seek advice and a critique of your application - teamBeds&Luton and Funding4Sport offer a FREE application checking and advice service. Make sure you utilise local experts.
- Funders want to see SMART outcomes or outputs. If the funder asks for this ensure that your project is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and is within a Timeframe. For example "to set up a girls section and recruit 20 girls by working with local schools over the next 12 months".
- Get support for your project from local partners - Funders like to see that your project is supported by local key partners. Have you spoken to your NGB, Sports Development Officer, County Association and Local Authorities?
- Remember you are trying to "sell" your project idea to the grant funder. Provide a strong case and enough information for them to want to fund your project. Put yourself in their position and think whether you would support the project from the information you have provided.
team BEDS&LUTON are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for our local sports clubs to have a free 1-2-1 consultation with Funding 4 Sport in our Luton offices at Wigmore Hall. It's a great opportunity for anyone looking for funding to sit down and have a 30-45min conversation about:
- Advice and support on shaping your project idea
- Advice on how the club can write the funding application
- Identifying suitable funding sources, and assisting clubs and organisations to complete application
If you would like to book an appointment with Richard Sutcliffe for the 3th November between 12-9pm, please contact Funding 4 Sport directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07580 129369