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Top tips for newcomers to England Big Advice

22 July 2014

In this, the next in the series of regular updates for would-be grant holders, Karen Addison from the Big Advice team shares her top tips for getting started on your search for funding…


Big adviceI haven’t done this before, how do I get started?

This is one of our most popular questions! The best place to start is our website UK & England funding finder will identify the most appropriate grant for your group and provide an application form with guidance, to get you started.

We are not a charity does that mean we can’t apply for lottery funding?
You don’t have to be a registered charity to apply for funding. You do need to be set up as an organisation with social aims before you can apply. All your group needs is a committee (with at least three unrelated people), a governing document (such as a constitution), and a bank account (with two unrelated people who can sign for it).

I don’t know where to start! Which funding programme is the one for us?
If you have a project idea, the first question to consider is will it cost under or over £10,000? There are two ongoing funding streams that are open with no closing date:

What are outcomes?
Outcomes are how we need you to describe the changes that your project can make to the lives of the people who use it. Outcomes are not the activities or services that your project provides. You will need to use outcomes to tell us about the impact you will make with the funding if you are awarded it.


Is there any other help available?top tips book cover image
The website and our online resources can help you understand the funding process and how to apply to it. Split into easy to access links they can help you plan a successful project and create a stronger application

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. 4 August 2014 1:49 pm

    Re. Top tips to Newcomers to Big Advice Blog: Might be an idea to provide a link to NAVCA with instructions on how to find your local CVS who can help set your group up with a suitable constitution (if you don’t already have one) & advise on effective committees etc.?


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