Writing funding applications
Before you start to put together a proposal for senior management or for funders, you need to answer six key questions:
WHY do you want to run the activities? What outcomes and benefits do you hope to achieve?
WHO do you want to provide the activities for and who will organise/run them?
WHAT activities do you want to provide/do pupils want to participate in?
WHERE will the activities take place?
WHEN will the club(s) take place?
HOW will you fund activities and tell people about them?
Now that you’ve answered the above questions, you can begin to write your funding proposal. Keep the following golden rules in mind:
- Keep your proposal as simple as possible.
- Don’t be over-ambitious especially to start with. Start small and build on your successes.
- Always read the funding criteria before completing an application.
- Be creative! Don’t be put off by jargon or by the funding criteria – small ‘tweaks’ to your original plans can often be all that is needed to make your proposal eligible.
You may find that you are eligible to apply to more funding sources if you register for charitable status or “piggy back” on the charitable status of the school’s PTA. For more information visit www.charity-commission.gov.uk/publications/cc21.asp.