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1 Big Lottery Fund What REALLY does make a good application and why funding applications fail Sarah Carroll Funding Officer (Local) 15 May 2014

2 How is the Lottery pound spent? Camelot (0.5 pence) Prize money (50 pence) Taxes (12 pence) Retailer (5 pence) Administration (4.5 pence) Good causes (28 pence)

3 Who distributes ‘good causes’ money? Big Lottery Fund (40%): Arts Council England (20%): Heritage Lottery Fund (20%): Sport England (20%): Which distributor is right for you?

4 Our mission is to bring real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. We have awarded funds to many outstanding projects all over the UK who have made a fantastic difference. But we can always do more…. From February to July 2014, we are inviting people to add their voice to a UK wide conversation around key areas of Big Lottery Fund’s work. Your views will help us consider our role as a funder and help shape our vision and plans from 2015 to 2021.

5 Big Lottery Fund - outcomes Outcome 1: People having better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills Outcome 2: Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems Outcome 3: Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy Outcome 4: Healthier and more active people and communities

6 Understanding the Funding Environment Demand-led programmes: Chances of Success Awards for All (small grants) success rate currently 60% Reaching Communities (large grants) Stage 1 currently decreasing at 31% Stage 2 success rate currently 60%

7 Awards for All

8 £300 - £10,000 12 months to spend grant New activity and projects Repeat and regular activities – If income less than £30,000 in last financial year Not for running costs Simple application form Up to £10,000 in any 12 month period

9 What can Awards for All pay for? equipment hire or purchase information technology equipment building and refurbishment work professional fees training updating equipment and premises for health and safety reasons volunteer expenses transport costs venue hire Research / feasibility studies

10 Reaching Communities Two strands Reaching Communities (two stage) –Revenue grants £10,000+ –Capital grants £10,000-£100,000 Reaching Communities Buildings (three stage) Outcomes focussed Community led

11 Reaching Communities You must contact us if... You are applying for Reaching Communities Buildings project OR You are planning to apply for more than £500,000 OR Your project has previously been funded by us

12 Some recent local successes ─ Chatterbox LGBT Group - £8,033 ─ The Elizabeth Foundation - £5,775 ─ Portsmouth Training Co-operative - £10,000 ─ The Parade Community Pre-School - £5,394 ─ Moving Forward - £3,986 ─ Guinea Community of Portsmouth - £9,595 ─ Mustard Seed Ministries - £368,593 ─ Connors Toy Library - £291,782

13 TOP TEN TIPS Make this your checklist

14 1. Read the guidance notes They’re written for the benefit of the applicant

15 2. Don’t chase funding streams Funders can tell if you’re forcing your project to fit

16 3. Get your governance sorted Insurances, policies and procedures Read our Good Governance Guide

17 4. Involve your beneficiaries They will be fundamental to the design of the project

18 5. Evidence the need It’s not just about what you think Don’t assume that readers (funders and partners) will automatically see there is a need. It is up to you to convince them.

19 Sources of evidence ‘Hard’ Information Local statistics Focus groups Questionnaires Interviews Focus groups Consultations Interviews ‘Before and after’ data Deprivation Index Census Strategies and policies Research reports Local & national priorities Local statistics Questionnaires Letters of support ‘Hard’ Information Waiting lists Office for National Statistics ‘Soft’ information

20 6. Outcomes Are you clear about the difference your project will make

21 7. Plan your project Know how it links to your organisation and your aims

22 8. Get your finances sorted Know your budget

23 9. Be aware of timescales Consider the time you will need to allow

24 10. Find a critical friend They can be more honest

25 Pitfalls to Avoid Don’t.....  Rush or jump right in without reading the guidelines  Assume the need for your project ‘speaks for itself’  Forget to include sources and dates for all your evidence  Omit to consult beneficiaries and stakeholders  Focus on the organisation, building or activities rather than the people you want to help

26 Do.... Keep your answers simple, clear, specific and consistent. Act on any feedback we have given you. Proofread your form and use the form’s checklist. Make sure your application links together

27 Getting funding and planning successful projects

28 FUTURE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: Power to Change Supporting community-led enterprises and kick starting community action across England Power to Change is a new initiative which will invest up to £150 million to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises across England. It will be delivered by an independent Trust. We envisage that the Trust will open to applications for funding in the second half of 2014.

29 W here to find out more Big Advice Line: 0845 4 10 20 30 Textphone: 0845 6 02 16 59 Email:

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