A really useful post from The Big Lottery Fund blog about common application mistakes, and how to avoid them!
When we announced our latest round of Awards for All grants this January, we took a look at some of the most common mistakes made when applying for our small grant funding, and how you can avoid them.
It seems obvious, but you’d be amazed by the number of application forms we receive that are incomplete. If your application is not complete then it can’t be assessed. Make sure you thoroughly read through the application guidance first and ensure you answer all the questions in the form.
Again, it might sound simple but please double check that all of your personal information, such as names and addresses are spelled correctly.
The most common application mistakes we see are:
- Contacts not being suitable; ensure your senior contact is able to be legally responsible for any grant we may offer.
- The main and senior contact being the same person.
- Home addresses, dates of birth and landlines not included for both contacts, which includes schools.
- If you are a company, the senior contact needs to be registered as one of at least three unrelated directors at Companies House.
- If you are a registered charity, the senior contact needs to be listed as a trustee and there should be at least three unrelated trustees registered at the Charity Commission.
- The name and address of the organisation not matching what is registered at the Charity Commission or Companies House – we do check this.
- The bank account name not being the same as your organisation’s name.
- The organisation’s incomings and outgoings not being provided.
If you have a great idea for a project and think you might be eligible for funding, please see ourwebsite for more information. Any arts, heritage or sports activities that do not meet one or more of our outcomes should apply for funding from another source.
If you have any questions about your application, please call our Big Advice Line on 08454 10 20 30.