Apply for grants

Once you’ve found a potential funder, you need to write a successful application …

Before you put pen to paper, you need to:

  • Make sure your organisation and project is eligible.
  • Make sure you are ready to make an application.

When you complete your application, you need to:

  • Demonstrate a clear need for your project.
  • Show that your project is well planned.
  • Have accurately costed your project.
  • Provide evidence of good management.
  • Illustrate how the project will make a difference.

And finally …

  • Be absolutely clear about why you are seeking funding.
  • If possible, don’t leave your application to the last minute.
  • When writing an application, try to see things from the funder’s perspective.
  • Don’t make assumptions about what the funder may or may not know about your project or organisation.
  • Try to avoid technical language and jargon.
  • Try to make sure your application is well presented and laid out.
  • Don’t make the funder work for the information.