Five top tips for filling in a funding application form!

Faced with an arts/community funding application form and can’t see the wood for the trees? Don’t worry, below are my five top tips to help you through the process:

  1. Discuss your idea or project you would like funding for with like-minded people. This is so that you can really focus on: a) what the main aim of the idea or project is; b) what you need to achieve it; and c) how much will it cost. This will then allow you to decide how much funding you would like to apply for.
  2. Avoid tackling the application form in one sitting. Break it up into manageable sections that you can fill in portion by portion. You won’t get tired and the form will seem easier to fill in.
  3. Make a list of the information you need to research. This may involve contacting other people or organisations and they need time to respond to your questions.
  4. Allow extra time for yourself to collate evidence of your costs as you may have to evaluate information from more than one supplier.
  5. After finishing your funding application, leave it alone for as long as possible, and then go back and read it from the point of view of the funding provider. It’s an important exercise as it will highlight whether all the evidence to support your application is there in the funding form!

Oh, and lastly, proofread your application! Good luck!