Top Tips - Applying for Funds
Top Tips for Completing Funding Applications
- Read all of the guidance. Thoroughly. Then re-read it, just to be sure.
- Find out the funders key criteria (e.g. increasing participation amongst children, encouraging social cohesion) and clearly explain clearly how your project meets these.
- Find out what is excluded from the fund – what the funder will not give money for – and ensure that these are not mentioned in the application.
- Be clear on what you want to achieve with your project and how the funding will help this.
- State the obvious – don’t expect the funder to understand your sport.
- Seek advice (e.g. from your local Sports Development Officer, Sport Nottinghamshire, your NGB officer, a friend or the funder etc.) Ask someone who doesn’t know the full details of the project if the application explains what you think it does.
- Proof read all applications before submission, especially online applications.
- Identify why the project is needed. Use local intelligence (surveys) or national data (e.g. Sport England’s Market Segmentation) to show this.
- Be realistic with your costs and make sure your sums add up.
- Explain what impact the project will have on the beneficiaries.
- Be realistic with what you can deliver – don’t over promise as it may affect your ability to re-apply for future funding.
- Get support for your project from your local authority and National Governing Body; they may be able to help.
- Contact your Local Authority Sports Development Manager or NGB for advice and support.