Our application form asks:
Please outline the results/benefits/changes that you expect to achieve as a result of the funding?
This is the most important section of the application, but in our experience many groups have struggled to complete this section satisfactorily, making it difficult for us to fully assess their application.
Being clear about what you are trying to achieve and monitoring how well you are progressing towards your goal are hallmarks of a well-run, effective organisation. This information will also form the basis of the post-grant monitoring and evaluation process. Having said that, we also know that not everything that can be measured has value and not everything that has value can be measured!
In our assessment we will take into account the relative size of an organisation in terms of our expectations for this section (i.e. we would expect a more sophisticated approach to outcomes and impact monitoring from a larger charity compared to a small voluntary group).
We need to know:
- how people’s lives will be improved and/or communities be strengthened as a result of our funding and your work
- why you believe this will be the case (whether it is continuing an existing activity or testing a new approach)
- how you will know if you have achieved the change you aimed for.
If relevant we would also be interested to know how the funding will make your organisation more robust and likely to continue to offer activities in the future.
- ‘Social contact is an essential factor in determining older people’s health and well-being. People coming to our lunch club will be less lonely and less prone to mental health problems. We will be able to check on their wellbeing and help them be better informed about other services available to them. Their carers also benefit from 2 hours respite every week. We will monitor numbers and we will ask users and carers to fill out a short questionnaire and we will capture case studies. If we can attract new members we will become more financial sustainable.’
- The aim of our holiday activities programme in this deprived neighbourhood is to give local young people the opportunity to use their time constructively and develop new skills. As a result they will develop greater self-esteem and confidence. We will survey the participants at the end of the project and capture case studies (anonymously). We anticipate that this will help prevent anti-social behaviour in the area, and the ‘community performance’ at the end of the project will also help strengthen our overall community.’
If, after reading this section, you have any queries on the outcomes of your proposed project, contact the grants team for more advice on 01749 344949 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.