Planning your project

 

An application for a grant should explain clearly what the project is, who will benefit, why it is needed and include a breakdown of what it will cost.  The Funding FAQs, Monitoring and Hints and tips sections of the website will also help you.

As well as what you will do with your grant, the application must say what benefit the project will bring.

All funders, including the Norfolk Community Foundation, are interested in the change or difference that a project will achieve as a result of a grant. These are often referred to as the outcomes of a project.

OutputWhat will you do (example: deliver 12 weekly workshops for ….)

OutcomeWhat change has your project brought about (example: x people are less isolated….)

Voluntary and community groups can decide on outcomes when planning a project – generally speaking identifying around three outcomes is sensible but do make sure they are achievable.  These can then be used in the application form to explain the change that will happen and the benefit the project will bring. It provides us with a much better understanding of the project and how a grant will help improve the lives of those taking part.  However, we understand that sometimes projects don’t achieve all the outcomes they set out to, and sometimes a project results in different outcomes than expected.  

A triangle template is a very useful and simple tool to help you plan your project and clarify the project activities and its outcomes.

A village hall committee that wants to organise computer classes for older people might use the template in the following way:
project-outcomes-diagram2