Grant applications help the CBF understand what your organisation does well and how you could function better with our support. Follow these Top 10 tips to give your next grant application the best chance of success!
1. Read: our grant guidelines and learn what you can. The guidelines will help you through the application form and detail eligibility. We also have resources to support you on our website (including FAQs and guides) and provide application tips through our monthly e-news (make sure you’re subscribed!).
2. Engage: as you prepare your application, note the people you need to contribute. Give them and yourself plenty of time to gather what you need, e.g. quotes and letters of support.
3. Follow instructions: throughout the application process, we’ve included hints, tips and prompts. Keep an eye out for them when you apply and make sure your answers are clear and concise.
4. Collaborate: our assessors love to see projects where you are partnering with other stations, local organisations, council and businesses.
5. Detail contributions: providing a financial contribution towards a project shows our assessors that the project is so important to you that you’ll put as much as you can towards it before asking us. Always include in-kind contributions, e.g. use of your own equipment, volunteer time, etc.
6. Budgeting: make sure your budget adds up to give our assessors confidence that you can manage the grant they may allocate.
7. Chat with our Grants Support Team: ask for advice on the types of activities funded and what information you should include in your application. Our Grants Support Team are experts and are here to help so get in contact!
8. Review: double check that all questions are answered and include all required attachments. Get someone else to review your application before you submit.
9. Submit early: plan to submit your application two weeks before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances. Early preparation allows you to seek feedback from Grants Support Team and gives you a chance to provide further information before your application is assessed. Late applications will rarely be accepted unless you can make a case for exceptional circumstances.
10. Share your grant application: make sure others are aware of your application so they can help if you are sick, on holidays or leave your organisation.