Fill out the application form
The research and preparatory work will help ensure you have as much information as possible at hand to complete a large part of the application form. Now use the following tips to help you....
Give yourself enough time – don’t underestimate how long it can take to complete an application form. And seek help from others in the community or authority who may already have expertise in completing funding application forms. You could approach:
- Your Parent Council
- Your education department
- Active Schools Coordinator
- Community and Learning Development Workers
- Local clubs
- Local voluntary groups (Volunteer Scotland can tell you who your local groups are)
- Community Planning Partnerships
- Community Councils.
Make sure the content is factual – focus on ‘why’, ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ – particularly ‘how much’ and ‘how you will use the money you are applying for’.
List what you think you need and where you have no other forms of funding. If funders like your proposal, they will be willing to discuss the level of funding with you.
Write clearly and concisely, using plain language and avoiding jargon.
Assume that those assessing the application have NO prior knowledge of your circumstances or what you want to do.
Follow the instructions very carefully.
It is better to type your application, rather than use handwriting.
Ask someone to read your application before submitting it.
Contact the funder and ask for advice if you are unsure about anything.
Always keep a copy.
Finally, have a realistic timescale for the project as a whole. Once you have filled in the application form, it can take several months to hear the decision. It may be better to plan delivery of the project for the following school year. If you get a decision within the same school year, you can always use the extra time to prepare and ensure that all the relevant tasks have been planned. Taking a little time to review the proposal; the level of funding received; how the school will manage the project, e.g. how regularly should partners meet to review progress, will all lay down the groundwork for a worthwhile and manageable project.