Application form hints and tips – CCRF Round 5

Please remember that this is a competitive application process. Your application will be assessed against other applications with only the strongest applications chosen to receive a grant.   

  • Be clear and focused in setting out your case for funding. Tell us what you are going to do, why and how. In previous applications applicants provided information on national strategies, national statistics and frameworks but omitted clear details of what the funding would actually be used for and how it would help mitigate the impact of welfare reform, social inequalities and poverty  
  • Sell the project/activities you are trying to fund – tells the what, the why and the how. Tell us how you came up with your idea – where local people involved in discussions around this? 
  • Be creative with your new idea – how is it unique? 
  • Make your application as easy to read as possible. Use short paragraphs and an accessible font so that the decision making panel can give your application the attention it deserves. Do not be afraid to put things in simplistic terms – jargon often blurs what youre trying to say.  
  • Ask someone else to proofread your application before submitting it. 
  • Be clear as to how your project/activities will mitigate the effects of welfare reform, combat poverty and social inequality, promote social inclusion and have a preventative impact in communities – give examples 
  • Tell us how you will measure your outcomes and outputs – what evidence will you gather along the way? How will you gather this? 
  • Demonstrate clearly the impact your project/activities will have on the community. Set out the need in the community and how you will meet that need. Don’t be afraid to be passionate about your cause! 
  • Funders want to know there is value for money in the projects/activities they are investing in. Talk about the ongoing sustainability and impact of your project/activities on your audience and the community. Be sure to include the number and types of people who will benefit from your project and how. 
  • Think about the timeframe – ensure that you will have enough time to deliver your project/ activities within the period of funding. If your project involves recruiting staff be mindful of the time this can take. If your project/activities involve input from partners make sure they know about it and are able to meet your timescales. 

Below are some examples of content that you may find useful in helping you to tell us about your project/ideas/activities. These examples are merely illustrations. Remember there is no word limit on the applications form so make sure you tell us everything! 

Example 1  

What would you like us to fund? 

We are seeking funding to pilot a new service in the Greenock that will provide those in the community access to bespoke money management services. The need for this new service has come about as a result of feedback from the community, who at present, have to travel 10 miles to access the nearest service and often have to wait 2-3 weeks for an appointment. This community experiences high levels of unemployment, fuel poverty, high level of debts and recent DWP benefit changes have had a huge negative impact on an already fragile community. We propose to deliver money management services that will include credit checks; budgeting sessions; support with DWP claims. These services will be available to all in the community. We expect the delivery to be one-to-one and some group delivery, partnering with local groups to perhaps use their venues, however we plan to seek the opinions of clients in how best we can deliver the services to meet their needs.  These services will be available community wide.  

What will the funding help you achieve? 

By introducing this money management service we hope to: 

  • Provide information and advice at an early stage to prevent crisis and support the development of a more financially aware community. This greatly increases our capacity. 
  • Provide support and practical assistance to meet immediate needs 
  • Increase financial awareness to enable people to take more control of their finances 
  • Ensure that people are supported to access benefits and they are supported to navigate the complexities of DWP 
  • Increase the awareness of DWP staff to the needs of the community 
  • Establish long term partnerships with DWP and other local groups  

We anticipate that 75 individuals will access this new service on a one –to-one basis and if delivery of group sessions is identified as viable we would aim for two sessions per month with approximately 10 participants each session. Depending on the situations that present during the life of this pilot project we could see very tangible outcomes such as debt restructuring, additional benefits accessed, credit union memberships – only time will tell. Beyond this project individuals will have the skills and support to prevent them from financial crisis in future.  

How will you monitor and evaluate your project? 

  • We will collect feedback from clients via questionnaires. We will use pre and post questionnaires so we can measure the real difference our project is making 
  • Keep records of visits/ group attendance 
  • Collect case studies showing the impact of this new service 
  • Collect feedback from partner organisations relating to the benefits they experience, increase in their awareness/knowledge of clients needs  
  • We will produce an end of project report detailing success and lessons learned 

Financial Information 

The funding requested will be used to: 

Hire 2 sessional staff – £XX 

Produce materials to support the project e.g. hint & tips leaflets, training materials = £XX  

Venue hire (when delivering out-with our own premises) = £XX 

Example 2   

What would you like us to fund? 

We are looking to develop our volunteer workforce and are applying for funding to help us do this. The drop-in café we operate in Maryhill provides low cost, nutritional meals for all ages in the community and it serves as a hub whereby people can access support and information on benefits, fuel and energy, bill paying, support services on specific days provided by partner agencies e.g. CAB, Advocacy projects etc. We want to raise the knowledge level of our volunteers, who more often than not, are asked a wide range of questions by café users when our partner services are not available. This funding will be used to gather information on a range of support services, helplines, contacts etc. and loaded on to iPads that our volunteers can then access to support our service users. Our volunteers will be supported to source information, load the iPads and update information. This will be complimented by volunteers attending a range of knowledge sharing information sessions, we anticipate 6, with our partner agencies. 

What will the funding help you achieve? 

By investing in our volunteer workforce in this way we will be providing them with additional skills and knowledge to provide support within the community by acting as a point of signposting and in some cases a triage service. We will also be increasing the confidence and skill levels of volunteers who will be able to use this as a step towards employment. We will also be strengthening our relationships with other agencies and providing the platform for wider knowledge exchanges which will ensure volunteers and staff working to support members of our community in relation to welfare reform, social isolation, poverty and health issues are well informed and therefore better equipped to support people in the community and have a preventative effect. We will be setting in place something that can be added to and enhanced over time. 

We will be able to support the development of approximately 20 volunteers over the period of funding which will allow us to have a pool of volunteers who can support our community in a range of ways and means going forward. The diversity of needs in the community may see us supporting individuals to access for example more benefits; negotiate debt repayment plans; accessing health support services. The relationships developed during this project will help sustain growth amongst partner organisations.  

How will you monitor and evaluate your project? 

We will look to capture the impact of this project on 3 counts: 

  1. with our volunteers – increase in knowledge and confidence 
  1. café users – benefits of the service, ease of access 
  1. partner organisations – increased knowledge exchange and awareness of shared resources 

The methods used will include focus groups, individual feedback, surveys and case studies. We will also seek input from service users in relation to producing content for our website. 

The timing of our evidence collection will for volunteers and partner organisations will be pre and post involvement. We will capture evidence from café users on an ongoing basis.  

Financial Information 

The funding will be used to: 

purchase 3 iPads = £XX 

pay volunteer expenses (estimated at £XX per day x 20 volunteers x number of day) = £XX 

Costs associated with knowledge sharing and training events (approximately 3 events) = £XX 

Example 3  

What would you like us to fund? 

We are seeking funding to develop our ‘cooking on a budget’ service in the North Ayrshire area due to an increase in demand from residents. We started this service last year and have seen a steady demand from people of all ages as welfare cuts continue to leave their mark. The cooking courses run over a 4 week period, with 2 sessions each week (10 people per session). Our sessions are open to all ages and we encourage young and old to learn together. Funding from the Community Capacity & Resilience fund would enable us to add to this service and incorporate a selection of community breakfast, lunches and dinners each week whereby those involved in the course invite their family and friends along to enjoy the food cooked and  also hear from guest speakers who will talk about health, nutrition, fast food v fresh food, and growing your own produce. These speakers would come from local NHS staff, Healthy Living Centre, local chefs, and hopefully the local garden centre staff. 

What will the funding help you achieve? 

This funding will enable us to take additional steps towards helping people in the local community to eat healthier, maximise their spending in relation to food and increase their awareness of health and nutritionIt will also address issues of isolation by providing community meals. During the funding period we will be able to provide 30 community breakfasts; 30 community lunches and 30 community dinners. We anticipate that the multiplyer effect will take place, that is those that come along to dine will then become involved in the cooking sessions. We hope that the guest speakers will encourage and motivate people to seek out other sources of support in relation to health and well-being and explore options for food growing. We will get feedback from all participants at the end of the courses to determine the immediate impact the sessions have had. By providing this foundation we are confident that the impact will be longer term and post this funding we will look at perhaps training volunteers to deliver future sessions to build on the momentum. 

How will you monitor and evaluate your project? 

  • We will aim to get baseline information relating to cooking habits, shopping habits, awareness of nutrition etc and through questionnaires and case studies demonstrate the impact at the end of the project 
  • We will get immediate feedback from those preparing the meals and those who participate in the meals 
  • We will get feedback on the usefulness of the guest speaker talks from participants and the speakers also 

Financial Information 

We will use the funding as follows: 

Additional ingredients for meals = £XX 

Additional hours for catering staff = £XX (based on 2 members of staff working 4 additional hours each week) 

Costs of printing menus and posters etc = £XX 

Additional tableware, cutlery, serving dishes etc = £XX 

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