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
- 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.