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Transcript of Funding Workshop
Tuesday 5 November 2013
Welcome & introductions
Purpose of this workshop
Finding and choosing funders
Writing style - ensuring legibility
Structuring an application
What you want funding for
Experience of funding applications
What do you want from the workshop
Setting up a Residents' Association
Gives a more coherent voice;
Creates stronger community;
Can improve your social life!
Essential for applying for funds if you're not already part of a constituted group or charity
What you'll need:
A bank account that requires at least two non-related people to sign for cheques and withdrawals
That's when good neighbours become good friends...
Please refer to handouts
What's the outcome?
Delivering a composting workshop on an estate
Reduction in waste going to landfill;
Council saves money (£138 per tonne of waste);
Waste reused on estate, helping residents produce own food;
Creates talking point; encourages more participation in community
What's the outcome?
Starting a football team for 13-14 year-olds in a deprived area
Reduction in youth crime;
Reduction in obesity;
Young people have greater sense of purpose;
Improved employment prospects;
Greater social inclusion.
What's the outcome?
Running an IT course for elderly people
Reduced sense of isolation;
Elderly people more confident in use of IT;
Elderly people able to play greater role in society;
Increase in positive references to Princess Diana in Daily Mail website comment threads etc...
A Voyage into the Mind of a Funder...
Desperate for an excuse to not read your application
Make sure it's read:
Count the number of sentences in the passage;
Divide the number of words by the number of sentences; make a note!
Count the number of words of three or more syllables ('complex words'); don't include proper nouns;
Number of complex words, divided by number of words, multiplied by 100 = percentage of complex words; make a note!
the average number of words per sentence to the percentage of complex words;
Multiply the result by 0.4;
This gives you your FOG Index score.
Avoid inadvertantly revealing your negative thoughts. For example:
"We hope to reduce the impact of initial hostility to the project by..."
"We will reduce the likelihood of incurring unexpected expenditure by..."
"We don't expect there to be any problems arising from lack of skills..."
Spelling, grammar and punctuation
Know your apostrophes:
My sisters friends books
My sister's friend's books
My sisters' friend's books
My sister's friends' books
My sisters' friends' books
"We aim to..."
"We would like to..."
"We hope to..."
Not passive sentences:
"The enemy will be engaged on the coastal landforms"
Active sentences are better:
"We will fight them on the beaches"
Letters of proposal - structure
Benefits for the funder
Service user outcomes
Evidence you can deliver
Your solutions to the need
A note about budgets
Offer value for money;
Get quotes for large value items if requested;
Don't try to claim the maximum amount if you don't need to - they'll know!
Monitoring & Evaluation
Or: 'Mind your KPIs', i.e. Key Performance Indicators
You have been watching...
What is it and does it work?
'Hard' outcomes - those which are easily measured using statistical data; e.g:
reduction in waste going to landfill;
reduction in youth crime.
'Soft' outcomes - those which cannot be measured statistically and rely more on anecdotal evidence; e.g:
Greater sense of community;
Young people have greater sense of purpose.
Two More Things:
Get it proofread!
Get it in on time!
Measure baseline data
Take photographs; make observations.
Repeat process during and after the project - lessons learnt?
You want to set up a gardening project on the estate where you live. You need funding to fence an area off and buy tools, plus a shed to keep them in. You haven't got any money and you'll need about £1,500. Which funder(s) would you apply to?