Bid writing made clear

Author: Mr robert culyer

Published on: 23 March 2017

It is not as scary as you think. Once you have prepared all the ground work, the actual filling in of the form is quite straight forward.

I would just mention that not all trusts require you to fill in a form, so it is important to check how they wish you to apply. Some trusts ask just for a letter, but in some cases it is seen as an initiative test to see whether or not you can follow a simple instruction!

The next stage is to check that you fulfil the criteria of that particular trust. There is no point in spending time filling in a form if the trust that you are applying to only lends to one legged lion tamers, over the age of 75 with both sets of grand-parents living!

Job 1: Evidence of Need/Demand

This might require you doing a survey in your local area to prove that the public want what you are hoping to offer. What you are hoping to provide may be part of the strategy for your local authority and they are looking for organisations to provide this. You could also consult the Indices of Deprivation, Public Health Outcome Figures and reports from The Joseph Rowntree Foundation to see if any of them help you prove need.

If it is church repairs it will be a case of producing your Quinquennial report.

Job 2: Prove that you can deliver what is needed

If the project is a social group or say a post office in your church, you need to show that you have a plan to deliver this project. Part of the proof maybe that you or someone involved have run a similar project in another area. Basically this bit is your business plan. For example, expected turnover/expenses, number of employees/helpers, governance etc. Also trusts are quite often looking for you to be working in partnership with another organisation: if you are running a silver surfers club, you might be working with a local computer shop.

If it is church repairs, you will need to show who is going to project manage the development and what specialists you will be employing to carry out the work.

Job 3: To show the expected outcomes

This will include showing what positive impact you will be making to people’s lives, ie

  • What difference
  • To Whom
  • Why it has made a difference

Job 4: Outputs of the project

This means how many people are expected to benefit from your project. It is important to think wider than your local parish. If you are setting up a dementia café, it is likely that you will not only help the people in your local area, but it is likely to be from a much larger catchment area. On top of the sufferers you will also be helping their carers and families. Measurement of outputs should be SMART (no, I don’t mean clever!) Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound.

Once you have completed your application, I would suggest that you have someone else read it. One of the Diocesan Ambassadors will willingly have a look at it or failing that get someone else in your parish to proof read it.


The author...

Mr robert culyer

Parish Funding Support Officer

This article is from...

Articles in this issue...

Breakfasting in South Creake

Our small village, although it has probably up to 40% holiday/second homes, has an attractive modern building - the Memorial Pavilion.

More

A stitch in time saves…

One of the greatest pleasures of our work is having the opportunity to discover hidden histories and connections in frontals and vestments that have previously been repaired or altered, perhaps several times and appreciating the skill and workmanship of generations of embroiderers and makers.

More

Explore your relationship with God further

There’s one way to make a difference in your church that doesn’t cost a penny: get people thinking about vocation.

More

Practical churchyard management

Although the legal ownership of a churchyard, either open or closed, is usually vested in the incumbent, his/her own rights and obligations in respect of it are very limited.

More

Ideas for family fun in the sun!

Summer offers plenty of chances to do things together which seem less appealing in the cold winter months and can be a prime time for engaging with the community with local fetes, flower festivals, events and summer visitors milling around.

More

Failing organ given new life in Upton

A successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund is financing the complete restoration of a fine Victorian church organ in Norfolk and an exciting community project.

More

The rewarding journey at Barton Turf

A few months ago you probably noticed in the press, and on local radio that Barton Turf Church was awarded an HLF grant.

More

Got your number?

In the finance team, we regularly receive queries from parishes asking what their charity number is, this is a question that is normally asked when they are opening a new bank account or applying for a grant.

More

Bidding for a new roof at Holy Cross, Caston

Holy Cross is a rural church situated in the Breckland Deanery.

More

Top tips to promote and publicise your summer parish event

One of the most important things when planning your event is to let people know it’s happening.

More

Keep up to date

Subscribe to our eNews for a snapshot of news, events and resources, usually emailed once a fortnight

Signup to newsletter