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Tips for applying for funding for community buildings

December 3, 2015

 

Need funding to build or refurbish a community centre or hub? We’ve put together answers to the most commonly asked questions about applying to help guide you through the application process. These questions are based on applying to our People and Places programme which offers grants of £5,001 to £1 million for 1 to 5 years.

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Establish the need for the project

Firstly we need to know that your project is really needed and that it is not duplicating the working of other facilities in the area. You should undertake research to ensure the project fits with local strategies and plans. If the facility is already being used, you will need to show a significant enhancement or expansion to the services offered.

 Consult and involve key stakeholders

We need to be sure that the wider community supports the need for the project you are asking us to fund. You should have or should be planning to consult with similar organisations to ensure that the project is a priority for the area. You should consult with current beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries to ensure the project is taking a grass roots approach. Consultation should be open and unbiased and lead the direction of the project. For more information about consultation, take a look at our project consultation blog post.

Define the project outcomes and benefits

We need to be sure what the impact of the project would be. A good way to think of the impact is by considering the consequences of what would happen if the project didn’t occur? The impact can be on a range of things- parents, carers, practitioners, volunteers as well as the environment and other organisations. Take a look at our guide to aims and objectives for tips and examples.

 Do an options appraisal for the capital work

An options appraisal should give details of all the options you have explored, including leaving things as they are, moving to rentable premises, moving to larger/smaller premises, sharing premises, adapting the building, and providing transport to a nearby existing building.  An evaluation of the options should also include an estimated cost of each alternative and the risk assessment for each option considered.  Any capital refurbishments’ or buildings should be considered good value for money.

Managing the facility

You should consider how the facility would be managed; who will be responsible for the wear and tear of the building and how your organisation could generate sufficient income to ensure that future overheads and bills can be paid.

Consider how you will ensure ongoing use of the building/land or project. If a range of organisations will be using it you may want to construct a timetable to show how the facility would be utilised. If a facility is currently under used, it is unlikely that we would fund it in the first instance.

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Our full Land and building guidance and further information is available on our People and Places webpage.

If you have any questions about applying, contact our advice team on 0300 123 0735 or enquiries.wales@biglotteryfund.org.uk. They are always happy to have a chat and point you in the right direction.

 

 

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