Funders are made up of a range of organisations including; trust funders who give grants and a range of local and national government departments who give grants and put out tenders to deliver services.
Funders will have very specific ideas on how they want their money to be used. To stand the best chance of getting the funding you must match what you do with what they want. Also, filling in application forms or writing letters takes valuable time and to apply to an organization where you do not stand any chance of success is wasting that resource.
Your Organization Matches the Funder’s Conditions
A funder will want to give its money to the kind of organization it wants and it will consider;
- Where you are based. A funder may be restricted to a region, county, city or parish.
- What kind of legal structure you have. Many will only give to registered charities, for example.
- How large or small your organization is. Some funders will prefer small, grass root organizations or large national ones.
- How long you have been operating.
- If your organization is led by its members or users.
Your Project Matches the Funder’s Conditions
A funder will have conditions on what it will give money for so your project must match what they want, it could be;
- A certain age group or area for those who benefit from the project.
- A certain gender.
- A certain race, creed or culture.
- The funder will not pay for equipment or salaries.
- The funder only pay for a certain kind of activity.
A Good Budget For Your Project
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You Are A Credible Organization
The funder will what to give its money to an organization who they believe will be able to deliver the project properly – on time, to budget and with good results. They will consider;
- Your past history.
- Your set up – have you got all the necessary things in place – governing document, bank account, the proper policies and procedures.
- The way you explain your project in their application form or letter
Researching what the funder wants can be done by looking at their website or looking at a funding database. Most funders will provide clear information on their conditions (though not all) to give an idea of whether it is worth applying.