3. Decide what your project will do
Once you are clear what differences you are trying to make, then you will be able to plan what your project actually needs to do to achieve them.
Think about the specific activities, services or facilities, that you can provide for the target audience that will lead to the differences you identified. These could be things like: running a drop-in youth cafe or an outdoor activities course; providing a trained counsellor; building a new playground and so on. In the example provided in last week’s e-bulletin, the organisation decided that in order to increase the young people’s self esteem and expectations, they would set up a mentoring service.
You should be able to relate each activity or service back to the differences that you want to make.
4. Ask difficult questions! Is this the right project?
You need to be as sure as you can be that your project is the best way to address the need that you’ve identified and make the differences that you want to achieve.
If you don’t already know what’s on offer around your area, do the research so that you know that your project fills a gap that is not currently being addressed and complements existing services rather than duplicating them.
Funders will not fund projects that should be paid for by statutory bodies. For example, if you are applying as a pre-school, your request will only be eligible if it clearly falls outside the free entitlement for three and four year olds. If you are applying as a school, it needs to be for work outside of statutory requirements, so applications for school buildings, playgrounds, equipments, or staff etc. would not be suitable.