How to write a great application for community grant funding – checklist

Posted on: April 14, 2022

A check list written by Essex Is United – VCS And Community Facebook Group

Be prepared

  • Organisation’s aims and objectives, annual accounts, bank details, constitution
  • Organisation track record, policies and procedures
  • Staff and volunteer profiles, how the organisation is managed

Be clear

  • Create a project brief which should include: WHO, WHAT, WHERE, HOW,
    WHEN
  • Aims and objectives, activities, target audience, project duration
  • Delivery staff, key volunteers, project partners
  • The need the project addresses, the difference the project will make
  • Project milestones
  • Sustainability or maintenance plan
  • Total costs – revenue and capital

Evidence need

  • Consultation reports, letters of support from tenants and community groups
  • Quotes from community questionnaires
  • Expert testimonial (eg advocates for play, wildlife etc)
  • Demographic/statistical data, ward information, Government reports about your
    neighbourhood

Know your funder

  • Make sure the project fits the criteria, always read the guidelines and check your
    group is eligible
  • Find out who they funded before and to what level
  • Make sure you are asking for eligible expenditure
  • Is there a grants officer to contact for queries?
  • Do you need to identify match funding?

Leave enough time

  • Review the application form and the application process, assess whether you
    need further information and check whether the funder will answer questions
  • Proof read and edit
  • Double check the budget
  • Make sure the right people have signed the form – including partners

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