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Workshop Objectives Awards for All aimsAwards for All aims Who can apply and what a grant can pay forWho can apply and what a grant can pay for How to applyHow to apply How applications are assessedHow applications are assessed Tips to improve your chances of successTips to improve your chances of success
Awards for All outcomes Awards for All projects must meet at least one of BIG’s outcomes: people having better chances in life with better access to training and development to improve their life skills stronger communities with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems improved rural and urban environments which communities are better able to access and enjoy healthier and more active people and communities
Find the right funder! Each of the main Lottery distributors runs its own small grants scheme with its own outcomes. To decide which to apply for, think about: What changes do you want to make to the lives of the people you want to help? Will the main purpose of the project help to achieve one of the four Awards for All outcomes? Or will the main purpose of the project support sports, arts or heritage?
Find the right funder! You choose.... Project 1: A healthy eating project for Somali families who are finding it difficult to keep to a healthy diet on a low income Eligible or ineligible?
Find the right funder! You choose.... Project 2: A project for young people to restore a vintage motorcycle, research its history and prepare a local exhibition to show the restoration process Eligible or ineligible?
Find the right funder! You choose.... Project 3: A project on an estate where there are tensions between older and younger people, to bring the two groups together to create a wildlife garden for everyone on the estate Eligible or ineligible?
Find the right funder! You choose.... Project 4: A project to set up a football league for homeless people Eligible or ineligible?
Find the right funder! You choose.... Project 5: A project to get homeless people fit and active through setting up a football league Eligible or ineligible?
Who can apply to Awards for All? You can apply if you are a: voluntary and community organisation parish or town council health body school You cannot apply if you are a: statutory organisation other than those listed above organisation not established in the UK profit-making organisation individual or sole trader
You can apply if... You have: at least 3 unrelated people on your governing body a UK bank account in the name of your organisation with at least two unrelated signatories You can: send BIG an application at least three months before your project is planned to start complete your project within one year of when BIG confirms your award
How much you can apply for? Between £300 and £10,000 Only one application at a time One Awards for All funded project needs to be completed and the End of Grant report approved before you can apply again
Awards for All can pay for: equipment hire or purchase information technology equipment building and refurbishment work updating equipment/premises for health & safety reasons sessional workers and volunteer expenses training transport costs venue hire
Awards for All cannot pay for: Activities that happen or start before BIG confirms the grant Existing activities and repeat or regular events Items that mainly benefit an individual Building / refurbishment work costing more than £25,000 (inc. VAT) Salaries of permanent or fixed term staff Statutory services and activities Day-to-day running costs Political or religious activities Routine repairs and maintenance Fundraising activities Used vehicles
You send us your application We let you know our decision You read our guide You send the documents we ask for We confirm the grant You start your project Application process 30 working days 20 working days 10 working days
How applications are assessed Applications will score higher if they : show strong evidence of need and how your project will help to make a real difference seek to involve as wide a range of beneficiaries and stakeholders as possible are from groups that have never received an Awards for All grant before are from groups with a smaller annual income e.g. <£10,000 score highest are for smaller projects e.g. project cost <£5,000 show they meet more than one of our outcomes
Improving your chances Are you asking for items and activities that Awards for All can fund? Is the name of your organisation on your application form, bank account and governing document exactly the same? Will your main contact be available for BIG to speak to during the assessment and grant confirmation period? Are you ready to send in your accounts, constitution, bank account details if a conditional offer is made?
Read the guidance and use the checklists! Ensure all parts of your application are complete and support each other Include a range of evidence to prove need for your project Show how you will actively involve users/ beneficiaries Get a ‘critical friend’ to review your application before submission If at first you don’t succeed, ask for feedback and try again! Some top tips for success....
Awards for All website
Support and Guidance available Programme Guidance Notes Good Practice Guides e.g. equalities Case studies of successful projects BIG Advice Line: Text phone: enquiries: