Funding Toolkit: Good and bad practice

Good and bad practice

Good practice hints

You will score points, if assessors can see that:

  • The issues the project addresses are clearly identified and directly related to the priorities in the call/of the funder
  • You have provided clear evidence to show why these issues need to be addressed and the benefits that will arise from doing so
  • Your project activities offer an effective solution to the problems and opportunities you've identified
  • Your project could be expected to have a significant impact (in one or more locations / one or more sectors etc).

Bad practice – things to avoid

You won't score many points if assessors can't see:

  • how the project addresses the funding priorities
  • how the project will contribute to skills, employment, productivity and growth
  • or if they think the project is only going to have a limited impact

Frequent errors:

  • Including reference to previous iterations or names of the bid in the text… or worse – mentioning where it was last submitted to by accident… – use 'find' and spellchecker to spot such errors.
  • Cutting and pasting from previous bids without suitable modification.
  • Writing style. If in doubt, a straightforward writing style, emphasising actual activity and outcomes is far better than trying to develop a 'florid' or 'academic' style.
  • Make sure your Gantt/timetable matches the text description.
  • Complacency – where funding has been ongoing from a funder for a while.
  • Failing to fill in all sections fully – perhaps assuming you've answered that question already.
  • Unrealistic finances.

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