Funding Top Tips

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Funding Top Tips

Getting Started with an application

There are a number of areas that your management committee needs to address in advance of starting to plan a bid for funding.

  • What do you want the money for?
  • Is the project solely for sport – will it provide training and qualifications which would enhance a person’s employability?
  • Will it improve the health and wellbeing of individuals / a community?
  • Will it provide diversionary activities for young people at risk of offending?

These questions will influence which funding source you approach.

Can you deliver the project?

Targets, outputs and outcomes included in a bid need to be achievable. If you have indicated that you will provide match / in-kind funding – are you able to do so? In addition the club must have all the evidence of good management, relevant policies and documents in place already.

Who will manage the project?

The award of a grant can be the start of hard work. There needs to be someone in your club who is capable of maintaining records, being the point of contact for the funder, and submitting all required paperwork within set timeframes. Failure to follow funders’ requirements could result in you having to pay the money back.

Other Top Tips

Read all of the guidance. Thoroughly. Then re-read it, just to be sure.

Find out the funders key criteria (e.g. increasing participation amongst children, encouraging social cohesion) and clearly explain clearly how your project meets these.

Find out what is excluded from the fund – what the funder will not give money for – and ensure that these are not mentioned in the application.

Be clear on what you want to achieve with your project and how the funding will help this.

State the obvious – don’t expect the funder to understand your sport.

Seek advice (e.g. from a Glasgow Sports Development Officer,  your NGB officer, the funder etc.) Ask someone who doesn’t know the full details of the project if the application explains what you think it does.

Proof read all applications before submission, especially online applications.

Identify why the project is needed. Use local intelligence (surveys) or national data (e.g. Sportscotland Market Segmentation) to show this.

Be realistic with your costs and make sure your sums add up.

Explain what impact the project will have on the beneficiaries.

Be realistic with what you can deliver – don’t over promise as it may affect your ability to re-apply for future funding.

Get support for your project from your local authority and National Governing Body; they may be able to help.

Contact Glasgow Sport Grants Officer for advice and support.​​​​​​​​​

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