Tips and Hints
Tips and Hints
Have you ever wondered what is it that funders are looking for, and whether there is anything you could do to make sure that your application has the best possible chance of success? The tips and hints below should help you ensure that you tick all the boxes and avoid some of the common mistakes. This will help not only for Postcode Local Trust, but other funders too:
READ THE GUIDELINES
Make sure you are eligible before sending. Don’t assume that because you were sent a link to the Trust that this automatically makes you a suitable organisation for funding. If you’re not sure, call first – we don’t want you to waste your time filling in a form if you can’t apply in the first place.
SHORT AND SHARP
A good application should be concise, communicating as much information about the organisation and project as possible in a succinct manner. An application that waffles on for pages will send assessors to sleep, and will almost certainly be overlooked.
Don’t use jargon. If abbreviations and acronyms are necessary, use them sparingly. The best way to ensure your application is read thoroughly is to write in plain and understandable English.
Spelling and grammar errors make an application look sloppy and unprofessional. Please paste your written answers into a word document to check them for spelling errors before submitting them.
MAKE YOUR CASE
Ensure that you make a clear case for your project – the most important information is what you intend to do, why it’s necessary and what the long term impact of your project will be.
Your application is often the only opportunity we will have to find out about your organisation and your project. If you don’t follow instructions, or fail to sell yourself, this is the impression we will be left with. Think of it as a job interview – first impressions count!
READ THE QUESTION
We were told this at school, and it still applies. Ensure that the answer corresponds to the question, and gives the information that we require. There is a document titled “Completing the Application Form” on our website – this tells you what we expect to see, so make sure you read it and follow it.
CHECK YOUR FIGURES
It is confusing to read through an application where facts and figures don’t add up, so make sure the information is consistent throughout. The individual cost items you request on your cost breakdown should equal the total amount that are requesting.
MAKE IT LEGIBLE
Please DO NOT write in block capitals. It makes our job more administration-heavy if we have to convert everything.
Always, always proof read your application before sending it. Incorrect information wastes time and is easily avoidable.
At the very least, ensure you have done the bare minimum for your application. To send in information over and above what is requested is fine (as long as it does not equate to War and Peace). But to fail to meet even the minimum requirements is the quickest way to ensuring an unsuccessful application.
We know that there are certain things that are not covered by statutory funding. And we know that the current climate means even more ‘every day’ items now need to be funded. But we don’t want to read 100 applications asking for the same thing, and we certainly are unable to fund them all. Please try to make your projects different and interesting.
Funders talk to other funders. We like to share information with each other, particularly if we have experienced problems with an organisation. If you are applying to multiple funders, make sure you are consistent, and ensure you follow the rules.
HOW MUCH CAN I APPLY FOR?
We provide funding from £500 to £20,000 (or up to £10,000 in Wales). If you are a registered charity, you can apply for up to £20,000. If you do not have a registered charity number, you can apply for up to £2,000.