Writing funding applications can be challenging at times and requires a certain set of skills. Attention to detail is imperative. We’ve spoken to proven bid-writers and have gathered their top tips and tricks that you can use to enhance the chance of being successful. Here’s our 5 no-nonsense tips from bid writers:
1) Call The Funder
This is important when seeking advice and clarity on points you are not sure about. It gives you a chance to ask any questions that will allow you to meet their specification. Also, it allows you to build a rapport by telling them who you are and what you do. This means that when they are looking through applications they are more likely to recognise you. So, don’t hesitate to call. It will not only increase your likelihood of a successful bid but will show initiative and save time when receiving feedback.
2) Use Your Time Wisely
Fundraising can be time-consuming, so it’s important to be efficient with the time you have. Keep notes of any ideas you may have and research is a must! Start early, avoid rushing, and ensure you have all the documents before starting.
3) Don’t Overestimate
Ensure you apply for funding within your means. If you have only managed funds of circa £10,000 then don’t jump to a bid for £150,000. Apply upwards in stages, for example, £10,000 to £25,000, to £50,000. As you are very unlikely to get funded for £150,000 if your only experience is at £10,000 level.
Once finished, review your work, proofread again and again. Then have someone else read through your bid, even have it professionally looked at in some cases. People will often notice mistakes you may have missed; an avoidable error could be the reason you are unsuccessful.
5) Request Feedback
Even if your bid hasn’t been successful this time around, requesting feedback is an important learning curve when writing your next bid. The funder is obliged to give reasons why they are not accepting your bid, meaning you could use the feedback to build strong answers for future attempts. It could be the difference between you being successful.
Looking For A Place To Start?
Why not join Aspire4u’s FunderMentals bid development training! With experiential learning-based workshops that put you in a room with proven bid writers and project planners to get the best insights. You can develop a bid you can feel proud and confident in submitting. To view upcoming dates and book your space, please visit our Eventbrite page.
We hope you find these tips useful and look forward to hopefully seeing you in our FunderMentals bid development training workshops!
Written by Danni McKee
For Aspire4U CIC,
The Mindset Lead Organisation
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