To increase your chance of a successful application take a look at our review guidelines.
- The Vibe : First and foremost the vibe of the project and your instinct should guide you on any given application. This is about charitable giving and all projects are going to have various levels of benefit. How does this project impact you at a human/personal level
- Local Community Benefit : Projects should have a local community benefit. We are targeting postcodes for a specific reason, the grants are about your community, your people in need that you can help. If the application is from a larger scale organisation that resides in the postcode but perhaps operates at a national or international scale, then those applications are less likely to fit our philosophy. Look for the smaller local projects put together by people really helping your communities.
- Project/Budget Well Defined : Clear outline of what the project is and how the funds will be spent. We need to understand that the project is well planned and budgeted so that the funds being sought are well thought out. You should have a clear understanding after reviewing the application about how the funds are going to be allocated and what the specific outcomes will be. It should be clear that the applicants have put some thought and effort into defining it.
- Appropriate Scale : We prefer that projects match the scale of funding available. While it may be that we cannot fund entire projects, the funding that is provided should provide a specific benefit that is measurable in some fashion. The funding should either cover specific items or benefits in some shape or form or a reasonable portion thereof. If the funding is a minor top up on a more significant scale project then it should be reviewed less favourably than other smaller scale projects that may have more merit.
- Longevity : Preference should be given to projects that have longevity. We want the community to get the most benefit possible from the amount of money we are giving away. Depending on the project we would prefer to place less weighting on projects that are temporary or disposable. This of course needs to be judged on the merits of the project.