Here is our step by step guide for grant applications.
Step 1: Read the Guidelines
Reading the grant guidelines is very important as it provides you with the assessment criteria and gives you an indication of what is required in the application. For example, supporting documentation may be required for the application which could include letters of support or artist biographies. The guidelines will also offer you details about deadlines to meet, the period in which the funding can be used and whether your project is eligible for the grant that you are applying for.
Many council grants and funding bodies use their own systems (e.g. Smartygrants), so also be aware of how you need to apply for the grant.
Step 2: Contact Funding Body
Contacting the funding body or grant office to discuss your project is the best way to establish a relationship with the grant officers, and they will be able to assist you with any questions you have during the process. They can also confirm whether your project is eligible for a particular grant and clarify what they are looking for in an application.