Presentation on theme: "Bid Writing Basics Hannah McSherry Project Development Officer"— Presentation transcript:
1 Bid Writing Basics Hannah McSherry Project Development Officer Herefordshire Council
2 Project Development Team Established 12 yearsPart of Regeneration Programmes TeamAdvice and signposting on fundingLocation of match fundingAssistance on bid writing for voluntary and community groupsMonthly funding updatesProduce Funding Directory
3 Ask Away!If you have any quick questions during the presentation, please ask them.
4 Getting started – make a list! What do you want to do?Where do you want to do it?Why do you want to do it?How are you going to fund it?When are you going to do it?
5 Getting Started Continued . . What do you want funding for? List the things you want to doTry and prioritise if more then one project, or prioritise costs if a large projectIs it capital or revenue or both?Have you discussed it with anyone?Start to develop or update your business plan
6 Where do you want to do it? Is the project purely local, or does it cover a wider area?What else is going on locally?What funding is your area eligible for?Do you have any local support and can you prove it?
7 Why do you want to do it? Is there evidence of need? What do you want to do?Where do you want to do it?Why do you want to do it?How are you going to fund it?When are you going to do it?Has there been any consultation locally?Is it a local priority-for you or the funders?
8 Putting a value on your organisations contribution In kind contributions – be it volunteer time or the donation of goods and services? You need to put a value on these.Match funding for your own organisationMatch funding from another external funderPrivate donations
9 Putting it all in writing . . A business plan is a written document that will help you describe your social enterprise and its objectives, its strategies, the market it operates and its financial forecast.For more information around business planning please contact Elaine Edwards on
10 How are you going to fund it now . . . . . and in the future? What are your funding options?Grant or Loan?One fund or more?Are you eligible?How long will the funding last for and how does this impact upon your business plan?Talk to the funders directly – they want to help.Check Submission Dates - do they fit with your plans?
11 Grant, Loan or Both?A grant is a money that you have to apply for and it is given to you without paying anything back – although all grants have conditions that must be adhered too.Loans are money that you borrow from a bank and have to repay over an agreed amount of time. Loans normally add interest, so you have to pay back a certain amount plus interest. As voluntary and community organisations grow and develop they need to consider which funding and financing options will be most useful and ultimately most sustainable in the long term.Grant / Loan Mix
12 Applying for funding - Is everything in place? Bank AccountConstitution/ Memorandum and ArticlesMultiple copies of applicationUp to date business planTime to collect support infoCo-ordination of Partners(if required)Match Funding (if required)
13 Bid Writing 1 Read the Guidance make sure your project is eligible. Talk to the funder directly – develop a relationship with them and ask them for clarification if you are unsure.Don’t assume they have any prior knowledge of your organisation – even if they are a local funder.Critical Friend
14 Bid Writing 2Make sure you have all the relevant supporting evidence / documents in place e.g. evidence of need and local support, business plan, proof of ownership if there is a building involved in your project etc.Be clear about how you will carry out the project e.g. who will manage it and how will you undertake monitoring and evaluation etc.
15 Outputs and Outcomes?More funders looking at Outcomes – what's the difference?Outputs – Relate to quantity and direct activityOutcomes – Relate to quality and changes that result from that activityYou will always need Outputs to achieve Outcomes!
16 What is Monitoring?Monitoring is about collecting information that will help you answer questions about your project. It is important that this information is collected in a planned, organised and routine way. You can use this information to report on your project and to help you evaluate.All organisations keep records and notes, and discuss what they are doing. This simple checking becomes monitoring when information is collected routinely and systematically against a plan. The information might be about activities or services, your users, or about outside factors affecting your organisation or project.Monitoring information is collected at specific times: daily, monthly or quarterly.
17 Steps to Successful Monitoring Build simple, user-friendly monitoring systems into everyday activities, collecting data at the most natural pointGet commitment from those collecting the information, by explaining why they are doing itMake sure that everyone responsible for monitoring has clear and consistent guidelinesMake sure that monitoring records are completed fully and accurately – people may not regard it as a high-priority activityGive people collecting the information feedback on the results of their monitoring, and how it is being used to make the organisation more effectiveCheck that the project is not collecting the same piece of information more than once.
18 EvaluationEvaluation is about using monitoring and other information you collect to make judgements about your project. It is also about using the information to make changes and improvements.It doesn’t have to be complex and is an essential step in securing future funding.
19 Useful ContactsHannah McSherry – /Dave Tristram /Elaine Edwards - Community Enterprise and Finance Officer at Herefordshire Council –HVOSS –