Top 10 CBF tips

Your grant applications help us understand what your organisation needs and how we can best support best. So preparing a clear, well thought-out application that outlines who you are, what you want to do and how you are going to manage your project is important.

Start with out top ten tips and give your CBF grant application the best chance of success.

1. Start early – give yourself lots of time to gather the information needed for a strong application.

2. Read the grant guidelines and follow the instructions, hints, tips and prompts throughout the application form. Don’t miss something that our assessors will pick up on. Our Frequently Asked Questions and Guides also have lots of useful information that will help you prepare your application.

3. Chat with our Grants Support Team before you start your application and ask for advice about your ideas and how to apply to make them a reality. Early preparation allows you to seek detailed feedback from our Grants Support Team before your application is assessed. Our Grants Support Team are experts and are here to help, so get in contact!

4. Engage the people you need to contribute as you prepare your application, such as a technician’s report and quotes from suppliers. Give them and yourself plenty of time to gather what you need.

5. Collaborate with other stations, local organisations, council and businesses. Letters of support from partners should explain how they participate in and benefit from your activities.

6. Budgeting should add up to give our assessors confidence that you can manage the grant they may allocate.

7. Detail any other contributions – providing a financial contribution towards a project will show our assessors that the project is so important to you that you’ll put as much as you can towards it before asking us. And always include in-kind contributions, e.g. use of your own equipment, volunteer time, etc.

8. Review your application to double check that all questions are answered and all attachments attached.

9. Get feedback – ask someone else to review your application to make sure it makes sense to others before you submit.

10. Submit early to allow for any unforeseen circumstances. Late applications will rarely be accepted unless you can make a case for exceptional circumstances.

Need help with your grant application?

Get in touch with our Grant Support Team. They are always happy to answer your questions and provide advice on your project ideas and what you should include in your application before you submit. The earlier you do this, the better!

Our Frequently Asked Questions and Guides also have lots of useful information that will help you prepare your application.

Find out more about our grants, key dates and recent successful grantees.

Applying for a grant

Our grants are allocated twice a year, with the majority of funding being allocated early in the year as part of the first round.

Apply for a CBF grant online >

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