Top Tips for Preparing Funding Applications

At the Funding Masterclass at the BIG Event 2011, the group identified the following Top Tips for preparing funding applications which we agreed we’d share with everyone.  These were tips that the delegates themselves came up with after having reviewed real funding proposals in small groups:

  • Match the criteria
    Clear specifications
    Identify the need
    Get someone else to read
    Look at risk management
    Give enough details – clear examples
    Don’t make assumptions about reviewer knowledge
    Apply for the right scheme
    Know where you get additional expertise
    Good evaluation
    Make it exciting!
    Tell a story
    Indicate who is doing what
    Avoid jargon
    Well crafted measurable + meaningful objectives (SMART)
    Talk to the funders
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