Top tips for funding applications.

Written by Natalie Doyle

June 29, 2022

A laptop, mouse and notebook

It’s been amazing the last few weeks to be able to contact clubs that have been successful in their applications for the Sport Sister Club Development Grants and fantastic to hear what they’re planning on spending the money on and the positive impact it will have.

We were overwhelmed with the number of applications we received and would have loved to have been able to fund more projects. I thought it might be helpful to use this month’s blog post to give some tips on completing funding applications to give your club the best chance of success.

1. Read the criteria and what the applications will be judged on. First of all, check if you are eligible for the grant. If you aren’t, then don’t waste your time completing an application as the organisation won’t be able to support your project. Next, look at what they are judging applications on. There will usually be some key areas that your application will be marked against so ensure you are providing adequate information to score highly in these areas.  If you have questions, then reach out to the funding organisation. They will be happy to advise you on your application and answer any questions you have.

2. Be specific with what you want to spend the funding on. The more specific you can be, the easier it is for the funding organisation to see that you have planned the project properly. Do your research and show you know how much things will cost and what you can realistically buy with the funding available.

3. Don’t be modest! You need to shout about your club and the brilliant work you are doing. What have been your biggest achievements so far? Why should the funding organisation be selecting you out of all the applications they receive? Imagine that they know nothing about your club and try to bring the magic of your club to life in your application.

4. Tell them about your area. Do some research about your local area so you can provide the funding organisation with some insight – is it a deprived area, an area with high levels of inactivity, or an area with high crime rates? Sport England’s Local Area Insights are great for this. Check them out here.

5. Demonstrate impact. Show what impact there would be if you received the funding.  Would more people in engaged in sport? How many? Perhaps you would develop new teams or engage an under-represented group? Funding organisations like to see that the funding will have a positive impact and achieve the outcomes they are hoping for so show how your project can help with that.

If you want more advice and tips about attracting funding into your club then check out our podcast episode – ‘Funding ideas for clubs’. You can find it here.

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