7 Top Tips on funding and how to get it:
Passion – Bring the passion that you have for a project with you, and allow the people with the money to see that;
Talk to the Funders – Before you fire off an application form, talk to the funders; start a dialogue with them in the early stages, to determine if your project is a match for their funding;
Do what you are best at – Don’t try to tick boxes for your funders if it’s not what you’re good at. There are people out there who love ticking boxes who will do it for you.
What’s in it for them? – When you’re looking for funding, think about what’s in it for the funders. What are they going to get in return for supporting you?
Get Your Project Noticed – Funders won’t point their money at your project. You have to point your project at the funders. For example, collect statistics every step of the way. Funders love stats.
You don’t always have to ask for money. For example one community group asked the council if they could use their logo on promotional material and give them a progress report once a month – and the council were delighted.
Never give up – When you get turned down by a major funder, you need to think: do I quit now, or can I achieve this another way, by borrowing, bartering etc?
Don’t forget: it might be ‘no’ today but it could be ‘yes’ tomorrow.