Success in funding applications(CFNI) webinar resources

14 Oct 2020 Sandra Bailie    Last updated: 23 Feb 2021

On 14 October Lynn Kennedy from NICVA delivered a webinar on Success in Funding Applications as part of the CFNI Accelerator programme funded by Department for Communities (DfC). 

Lynn outlined how to find the perfect funder for your project or organisation, described the application process and gave an overview of what makes an application successful.

She started by saying that the funder needed your organisation/project in order to deliver their mission and reach the people they wanted to, so it was important to have a partnership approach.

She also highlighted the importance of choosing the funder carefully, quoting Stephen Covey - "If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, each step we take only gets us to the wrong place faster"

Lynn then described the range of different types of funder and the type of questions you should ask when choosing a funder or funding scheme, such as:

  • Are you eligible to apply?
  • Do you meet their current funding priorities?
  • Do they offer the size of grant you need?
  • Will they fund exactly what you need?
  • Is match funding required? In kind or cash?
  • Do you need to have a partner(s)?
  • Can you meet any additional requirements?

Some tips

  • Remove the risk for the funder - well governed organisation, project objectives clear, management systems in place, complete and realistic budget
  • Evidence the need - surveys, focus groups, vox pops, audits, research, interviews
  • Put people first
  • Cost a project realistically 
  • Make the impact of the project clear - what difference will it make?
  • Have all of the documents prepared and ready in good time
  • Get in touch with the funder and take any advice they offer


GrantTracker - almost 900 funding schemes for voluntary and community organisations in NI at your fingertips

NICVA's fundraising advice hub

The Fundraising Regulator - Code of Fundraising Practice

The National Lottery Community Fund and full cost recovery  - Guidance for applying for project overheads

NICVA's GrantNet funding conference videos and resources - Halifax, TNL Community Fund and Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Esmee Fairburn Video funding from a funder's perspective's picture
by Sandra Bailie

Head of Organisational Development

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