Writing the Funding Application

This section outlines:

  1. The core components of a funding application
  2. Where to use and how to present evidence of need and organisational track record as detailed in Identifying Needs and About Your Organisation.

Do not write your application until you have:

  • Assessed the community's needs (see Identifying Needs)
  • Researched the funding body (see Funding Sources)
  • Researched and planned your organisation's activities in response to:
    • An identified need
    • Your organisational objectives
    • The funder's priorities
  • Determined achievable outcomes
  • Developed a budget (see Your Budget)
  • Developed your proposal's aims, objectives and activities (see Designing Your Proposal). 

Remember: If your application is hastily written, without careful thought or planning, the funding body may think that your organisation will not be able to successfully execute the program. Complete your planning before you start writing.


The following will assist you to work through, step by step, the process of writing your funding application. This part of the website contains the following sections:

How to Write Well: Provides advice and guidance to help you write persuasive and effective funding applications.

An Executive Summary and Cover Letter: Describes how to write an executive summary and covering letter. ALWAYS write your executive summary last and provide a brief overview of your application.

Setting the Scene: Describes how to write a background to inform the funding body about the:

  • Problem which exists and why it should be addressed
  • Solution proposed by your organisation
  • Objectives to be achieved.

Describing Your Proposal: Explains how to detail the activities proposed and resources and materials required if your funding application is successful. Your description of your proposed activities serves as a roadmap for the entire project.

It provides:

  • Guidance on the prioritisation of activities
  • The scope of work
  • The processes, policies, and quality standards it will adhere to
  • An indication of who your stakeholders are and your communication strategies
  • An overview of the broad strategy involved in managing costs and personnel
  • How performance and outcomes will be measured.

Demonstrating Your Organisation's Strengths: This subsection applies the information you collated in About Your Organisation. Review the information and select items which highlight your organisation's capacity to successfully execute your proposal. 

Contract Compliance: Outlines common contractual matters and demonstrates how to construct a contract compliance matrix.

Checking the Application: Provides useful tips and suggestions for checking your funding application prior to finalisation and submission.


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