26th Feb 2020

Did you know that putting people in the lead when you’re applying for grant funding makes a stronger case for your cause?

All funders want their funding to make a difference and are clear, through their criteria, what they will and won’t fund.

Quite often they like to fund projects that improve people’s lives and local communities.  This can include activities for children, older people or community-based activities.

Here at DCA we work with many groups and organisations and they often ask for our advice when applying for grants.  A common mistake people make is not asking the community what they’d like but making assumptions about what they need.

When deciding what to fundraise for, it’s important to involve the whole community and put people in the lead.

So, what do we mean by putting people in the lead?

Basically, it means listening to people and asking them for their input.   For instance, if you are a trustee of a community building and you’ve identified that you don’t have a lot of activities for the older people in your community, the best way to forward before applying for a grant, would be to ask those people what type of activities they would like.

Their voice is the best way of providing evidence to a funder that your project idea is not an assumption about the needs of people but putting people in the lead by asking them for their advice and opinions.

Some ways to do this can be through a conversation, a community consultation or a short survey a focus group or even social media.  There is no one size fits all, so its important to be flexible and use a range of methods that work best to speak with the people you want to support.

If you need any further information, advice or guidance, don’t hesitate to contact us

Email: info@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk

Telephone: 01388 742040

Alternatively, we run a 2-hour workshop entitled Completing a Funding Application - Bring your Project to Life! where we look at the key things to consider when applying for grant funding.  For further information about this workshop and details of all our other training, please visit our training page here

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