Funding Tips

Funding Finder is a useful and important tool in seeking funding. Here are a variety of useful steps you can take, both before and during the application process, to give you the best chance of success.

Before you seek funding & apply

  1. Develop a project plan
    • Why does this project need to happen?
    • What are you proposing to do?
    • What will success for this project look like?
    • How are you going to achieve this?
    • Where are the main activities happening?
    • When are the key dates and milestones?
    • Who is involved in the project and do they have the skills necessary?
    • What type of costs are involved? Be realistic in estimating costs and consider getting detailed quotes.
  1. Research and gather evidence
    • Who has done this type of project before? Talk to subject experts.  Learn from their experiences.
    • What are the statistics or results that support the need or benefit of your project? Consider using relevant demographics.
    • Are any permissions required – planning approvals, public land permits?
  1. Identify potential funding sources
    • Research what type of organisations fund the type of project you are planning.
    • Consider various opportunities to generate income, such as: fundraising, sponsorship, crowd-funding, partnerships, investments, loans, sales, and membership fees.
    • Be brave and creative – look for mutually beneficial partnerships.
    • Discuss your funding needs with your existing networks to explore opportunities for advice and further connections.
  1. Get to know your proposed funders
    • Read the relevant funding program guidelines and consider the assessment criteria.
    • Look at the type of projects they have funded in the past.
    • Ensure both your organisation and your project are eligible.
    • Be clear on what is eligible for funding in each funding program.
    • Call and speak to the funders – ask them about what they are trying to achieve with their funding program.

Ready to start your application

  1. Start drafting early
    • Check funding round’s closing date and time.
    • Allow time to gather all your supporting documents.
    • Allow time to ask questions and revise your application.
    • Submit with time to spare in case of technological faults.
  1. Ensure your application is clear and concise
    • Keep your project plan in mind and ensure you are clear in communicating what you are going to do.
    • Stay relevant to your audience and avoid fancy jargon, unexplained acronyms and broad meaningless statements that are not evidenced.
    • Write in a reader-friendly way.
  1. Be a compelling communicator
    • Stand out and sell your project – why is this project important?
    • Do not assume the assessors know about your organisation and the work you do.
    • Show that your organisation has experience and is capable of undertaking this project.
    • Ask an honest friend to proof read your application – ask them to find errors, and ask them to make sure it includes all the detail needed to make sense.
  1. Link with funder’s priorities
    • Show how you will achieve the priorities listed by your funder.
    • Use headings to ensure you address all the relevant priorities.
  1. Support your application
    • Attach relevant evidence of support for your project by stakeholders.
    • Include evidence of any permissions, permits or approvals you require.
    • Provide any plans that provide background or context to the project.
    • Provide your budget and consider how you would proceed with the project in the event of part-funding.