Writing Funding Bids For Charities - 4 Key Steps

Writing funding bids for charities in 4 simple steps. How to write a successful funding application bid for your charity.

Writing Charity Funding Bids For Successful Grants Applications

Writing a charity funding bid that will make your grant application successful may appear to be a black art, but it isn't.  Here's how to apply for charity funding - the 4 simple steps to successful funding bid applications.

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Funding Bid Step 1 – remember who this application is about and for

Our funding bid isn't about what we want, but what our beneficiaries need and the grant funder wants. We are meeting a real need, not just chasing funding. We’ve looked at the funder’s website/annual reports to see if they’ve funded projects like ours before.

  • Top Tip: If possible, engage the funder to help maximise your chance of success. There’s no magic fundraising ratio, but very roughly 10% of bids to ‘cold’ funders are successful, whereas it’s more like 30% for engaged funders, although it seems to have become much more challenging recently.

Funding Bid Step 2 – we meet the grant application requirements

Our bid meets the funding criteria - they are a funder of our type of charity and the work we want to apply for.

  • Top Tip: Comply with any instructions on how your funding bid is to be submitted, such as online/mail applications, deadline dates, word count/length, attachments.

Funding Bid Step 3 – our application makes the case well

Our bid includes the information, facts and/or figures, to make the case for funding, explains why we are best placed to deliver the project, and conveys the urgency of the need and the difference the project will make.

  • Top Tip: Ensure that all costs have been identified and accurately estimated. Some funders will accept all overheads, but not many, for most it’s 10% to 15% and some won’t accept any.

Funding Bid Step 4 – Our grant application will engage the funder

Our funding bid is succinct (brief and clear) and will be understood by those reading it.   Our bid is also emotionally engaging – people give to people and want to know that their funding will make a difference to an issue that matters to them.

  • Top Tip - keep it jargon free and any acronyms should either be in common use or have been explained.

Succinct - briefly and clearly expressed.

Jargon - professional terminology or slang expression that not everyone will understand.

Acronym - an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word - BBC.

How To Make Your Charity Bids Even More Successful

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My thanks to Lisa Gagliani whose input improved my original draft.

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