Funding Workbook

Funding Workbook

This virtual workbook is designed to help you package an activity or idea into a project so that it can be used for an application to a funder.  Working through the steps should allow you to create a detailed and honest picture of the activities you deliver and identify why those activities are needed.  It’s about getting the passion for your cause over to the funder in a clear and simple way.  This could be the reframing of existing work into a project or the creation of a whole new service.

We have created this virtual workbook as a summary of the advice we give on a regular basis.  By the end of it, you will be aware of a range of tools that will create meaningful text, specific to your organisation to be used for a variety of applications.

Why do I need to write it as a project, can’t I just get running costs funded?

Project funding is preferred because it’s more efficient to fund, here are some of the reasons why:

  • It’s easier to measure the impact and see if the outcomes have been met.
  • Projects are time-limited and the funding is therefore not being placed with one organisation for long periods of time meaning more organisations get a chance to have their work supported.
  • Projects are more focused, the money goes to the problem / issue / need rather than the organisation.
  • It’s easier to justify public / donor’s money on helping a particular cause or group than funding rent / wages / refreshments with no real clear purpose.

Before you start this journey, know that it doesn’t happen overnight, it’s about practice and experience.  If you are working on this for the first time, it may seem overwhelming but if you know what you want to do and if you are already doing the work, you know all about it.  The challenge is telling other people about it.  Give yourself some proper time to look at it and work with other people that know the project too if you can.  Also, know that you can seek support and you are not alone in the process.  Get other people to read it and make sure that people who have no idea what you doing are able to understand it.  Remember, WVA can help with this process.

Consider that the funding panel making the decisions don’t know you and don’t know what lovely people you are;  how amazing your volunteers are; how great the people you work with are and they can’t be sold on everyone simply being ‘awesome’.

You have to sell them your idea, some strong outcomes of the project and the impact it has on everyone involved.

Explore the sections below:

WVA Virtual Funding Workbook - Section One

WVA Virtual Funding Workbook - Section Two

WVA Virtual Funding Workbook - Section Three

WVA Virtual Funding Workbook - Section Four

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Funding and Finance

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