Hints and tips

  • Read the guidance carefully and ask for help if you need it – Norfolk Community Foundation’s Grants Team is happy to advise you, or visit the Advice & Support section to find out who else may be able to help.
  • Fill in the application form as fully as you can – remember, we may not know anything about your group, where it’s based, its activities or who benefits, so tell us why your project is important.
  • Tell us about the difference the funding will make, not just how you would like to spend the grant.  See our guidance on Planning your project to help you explain the outcomes of your project.
  • We are interested in people, not buildings, so if you are applying for funds to repair a leaking village hall roof (for example) don’t just tell us that you need to stop the leak, tell us who will benefit and how.
  • Demonstrate that you have consulted with your community/users of your service and that they want and/ or need the project you are proposing.
  • Choose a referee that can properly support and strengthen your bid. Your referee should be someone from the local community who knows your organisation and the work you do. They should not be associated with your organisation as a member, employee, volunteer, management committee member or a relation of any of the aforementioned by blood, marriage or civil partnership. A suitable person might be a local councillor (a member of your local Council for Voluntary Service), community or support worker/professional. 
  • Fully explore the costs of your project before applying – you may feel that any contribution will help, but our panels want to see that you have properly researched the action you are proposing, and its costs.
  • Double check if you need planning approval, change of use or any other permissions to carry out your proposed project – we may ask to see evidence that you don’t need these as well as evidence that you have secured them.
  • Make sure you have understood what you need to do to make an application – leave yourself plenty of time to complete the form, and make sure you can gather all the information/ documents to support your request. We cannot consider your application until all the information required is received, so you may miss out.
  • Be prepared to talk to us about your project – we often get in touch with the main contact for the application to find out a little more detail or ask specific questions, so make sure the person submitting the application is well informed.  We understand that not everyone is confident at filling in forms so this is designed to help us fill in any gaps, and help you make a strong case.
  • Make sure you have understood the monitoring requirements of any grant awarded, and if necessary keep notes/ evidence throughout the delivery of your funded activity to make sure you can provide a full report after it ends.  Visit the Monitoring section to find out more. 
  • Publicise your project – NCF offers a simple guide to promoting your project, with hints and tips for how you may wish to involve local press, radio or social media in supporting your work. Download the NCF Media Guide.  We’re happy to advise if you are not sure how to acknowledge your grant. 
  • Remember – Norfolk Community Foundation represents a network of local donors who are committed to supporting local good causes.  They are very keen to hear how their funding has helped you, and we are always happy to pass on your thanks for your grant or any other information you would like to share.