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Application form Guidance

Application form Guidance

Thank you for your interest in applying to The Young Funding Network (YFN). In order to apply to pitch at a  YFN event, you’ll need to follow these simple steps:

1. Find a “champion”

2. Complete the short application form with details of your project/organisation and a copy of your accounts

3. Create a two-minute film telling us why you should be selected and upload it to your application (optional)


What kind of charities will be considered?

YFN supports projects that aim to achieve social change: they have the potential to enable enduring positive transformation for individuals, communities, society and/or the environment over the long term.  Examples of projects include those which

·        address issues of inequality and disadvantage (e.g. Settle & Flamingo Chicks)

·        create advocacy/campaigning/dissemination with the potential to change attitudes, behaviours, public policy or society for the better (e.g. Feedback & Reprieve)

·        attempt to find a new/better solution to an underlying problem (e.g. GravityLight Foundation & ColaLife)

·        focus on personal development to change the way beneficiaries act and live (e.g. Tender & Carney's Community)

·        pilot solutions with the potential for expansion to support many more people (e.g. Foodcycle & Streetdoctors). 

To see other examples of previously funded projects, please visit our website and if you'd like to do a quick eligibility check you can do so here.

In addition:

·        YFN does not support organisations which involve the promotion of any specific religion. 

·        Organisations do not have to be a registered charity but must be a not-for-profit with charitable aims (ie social enterprise, CIO, CIC are all fine, as long as they are not-for-profit or all the profit is reinvested).

·        Organisations will normally be under five years old and small-sized where up to £1,000 would make a useful contribution either to a particular piece of work or to the organisation’s core costs. Organisations should have an annual income of under £200,000 though the vast majority are much smaller than this. 

Organisations already funded by YFN may re-apply after at least one year’s gap. If a project is not successful at the Selection Panel it may be resubmitted, but only once in a 12 month period. Projects which have been funded by TFN (our parent charity) should not apply to YFN and projects which have received funding from YFN on multiple occasions may find it more difficult to secure further funding - if you would like to discuss your options before completing your application please contact jennie@thefundingnetwork.org.uk.


What is the role of the champion? 

YFN was created as a network of peers interested in giving to social change projects, and the requirements for nominating a project reflect this. The champion must be prepared to pledge at least £30 to their project on the night, and speak in support of the project if it is selected for presentation at the funding event. Ideally, they should have attended a YFN event so they understand how we work, though this is not a set requirement. These requirements are designed to be an indication that they are confident the project is sound and would spend the money wisely.


Champions may not be in the paid employ of a project that they support; other kinds of personal affiliation with projects, such as trustee, mentor, or volunteer relationships are entirely acceptable.


Application Process

Please complete the following application form ahead of the deadline indicated in the email and be aware that this form may become unavailable once the deadline has passed. Application deadlines are usually 5-6 weeks ahead of an event but if you are unsure of the deadline please contact jennie@thefundingnetwork.org.uk to confirm. 


You should ask your champion to look over your application form before submitting as it is also their responsibility to ensure the application is received complete and on time (there is the option to save the form and access it via your email and a password - you should provide this information to your champion). They are also often able to add valuable insight into whether the application makes a compelling case for YFN support. 


YFN works on slender resources and tight timings, so it is in your interests to ensure that your application is complete, as we will not be able to chase you for missing information.

When completing your application please do not provide links to other reading or documents. Whilst we appreciate that you are enthusiastic about your organisation and have much to share, we place word limits on our applications for a reason; to ensure that all applicants share a level playing field and that our selection panel is not overwhelmed with information. Your application will only be assessed on the information provided in the application form.

Selection Process

This will be explained in more detail once you have submitted your application. In brief, the selection process has two parts - all applications are initially read and scored against criteria to create a shortlist. The Selection Panel then meets to discuss the projects and final decisions are made. All projects are informed of the outcome a few days after this meeting, usually around four weeks before the event.


Typically three organisations will be selected to present at each event, with the aim of getting a good range of issues and geographies covered (unless the particular event is devoted to a specific issue or place). YFN always receives more applications than slots available and it is a competitive environment but will we endeavour to give feedback to both selected and rejected applicants.


Selected projects are required to attend a meeting with the YFN team prior to the event.

What information will you be asked for? 

What information will you be asked for? 

The YFN application is broken down into four sections:
  • Organisation Details
  • Your Application
  • Financial Information
  • Monitoring Information
Organisation Details:
Organisation contact details
Name of your sponsor
Organisation set-up
Social media details
Presenter information
*File needed: if you are a registered company limited by shares, we'll need your articles of association

Your Application:
Aim of your project (30 words)
Background to your project and organisation (100 words)
What problem is the project addressing? (100 words)
How will your project address the need identified? (250 words)
How many people will your project directly reach? And who are they? (30 words max)
How many people will your project indirectly reach? And who are they? (30 words max)
What will the impact of the project be and how do you plan to assess this? (200 words)
What would you do with a contribution from YFN? (150 words)
Do you have any volunteering opportunities in this project, and if so what are they? (100 words max)
Sponsors note (100 words)
*File needed: an optional 2 minute (max) film clip pitching for YFN support

Financial Information:
What is your annual turnover? (50 words max)
What are your main sources of funding and how long are these secured for? (50 words max)
What is your target level of reserves?
What is your current level of reserves?
*File needed: most recent annual accounts or budget/cash flow/management accounts in lieu of these

Monitoring Information:
Location you work in
Beneficiary group you support
Need you address
Details of your current Trustees/Directors, occupations and dates appointed
*File needed: a publicity photograph

Page 3 - Organisation Details

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TFN will only support organisations limited by shares if it is written into their governing documents that 100% of any profits are reinvested back into the organisation. We will not support organisations if they have the potential to pay dividends to non-charity shareholders now, or in the future. To confirm your status please attach your Articles of Association.

Please provide a clear outline of your organisation structure and how you meet TFN's criteria of being not for profit with charitable aims.

Page 4 - Your Application

A very brief description of the project.

Why was your organisation created? What does your existing work do?

What is the need and how have you identified this? Why is your project important? Include any measurements that have been taken to verify the problem - statistics, your own or independent research etc

What is your solution to the problem you have identified? Unless this is a new project please mention what you have achieved in the last year and give evidence of your track record. Outline how your project will work and if you have a compelling sum that shows how funding your project would save resources elsewhere please include this.

Indirect beneficiaries include: wider family, community, etc

How will you assess the impact of the project? What results do you expect to see - do you have any evidence that your solution will solve the problem you have identified? If this is an existing project please provide details of your impact to date.

Please explain how you would spend up to £1,000 (a brief budget is useful) and provide an explanation of how you plan to raise any money not raised at YFN.

Providing volunteer opportunities although desirable, is not compulsory. This can be practical, hands-on volunteering or offering skills, knowledge, introductions etc.

A brief statement from your champion outlining why he/she thinks your organisation is worth support, and details of any affiliation between the champion and the organisation.

This is a chance to bring your application to life and to explain why you should pitch at our next event – it does not need to be a professional film, but you should demonstrate your passion and drive for the project. The film should contain nothing except the presenter(s) talking. We recommend presenters do not recite a script, but instead try to talk spontaneously and naturally. Before submitting the film, please check it for audio quality.

Page 5  - Financial Information

Page 6 - Monitoring Information

This should be a photo which brings your project to life and will be used by the YFN team in publicity materials should you be selected for the event.

Please select the country where your work takes place. If this is across more than one country, please select the option where this specific project will operate. If your work is global then please select the global option.

Please provide details of your Trustees, their current occupation and the date they were appointed to your board. 
Name Occupation Date Appointed

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