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. 

SPELL CHECK

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.

PRESENT YOURSELF

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. 

READ THE QUESTION

Ensure that the answer corresponds to the question, and gives the information that we require. 

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. 

Your project costs should be broken down so that we know the items and expenses we will be funding.

PROOF READ

Always, always proof read your application before sending it. 

HOW MUCH CAN I APPLY FOR?

We provide funding from £500 to £20,000. 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.