Thank you for your interest in applying to The Funding Network (TFN). Please read the below guidance before continuing with your application.
What kind of organisations will be considered?
TFN 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. To see examples of previously funded projects, please visit our website.
· TFN does not support organisations which involve the promotion of any specific religion or are affiliated to any political party.
· Organisations do not have to be a registered charity but must be a registered not-for-profit with charitable aims (ie social enterprise, CIO, CIC are all fine, as long as they are non-profit or the profit is reinvested. This should be clearly stated within the organisation's governing documents).
· Organisations will normally be small or medium-sized, where up to £5,000 would make a useful contribution either to a particular piece of work or to the organisation’s core costs; as a general principle, organisations should have an annual income of under £500,000.
· For our regional events, TFN will only accept applications from projects which work in the local area or have their national or international office based in that region.
Organisations already funded by TFN 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 received funding from TFN 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the role of the sponsor?
TFN was created as a network of people interested in giving to social change projects, and the requirements for sponsoring a project reflect this. In London, the sponsor must be a TFN Member but this is not the case for our regional events - but they do need to know you and be able to vouch for your work. If selected, your sponsor must be prepared to publicly pledge at least £250 to the project and speak in support of the project on the night. These requirements are designed to be an indication that they are confident the project is sound and would spend the money wisely.
Sponsors may not be in the paid employ of a project that they sponsor; other kinds of personal affiliation with projects, such as trustee, mentor, or volunteer relationships are entirely acceptable.
Please complete the following application form by 23.59 on Monday 18th February. If you would like feedback on your application before submitting, please contact Jennie by 9am on Thursday 7th February at the very latest - we can access your form remotely, but you will need to notify us and let us know any specific questions.
You should ask your sponsor to look over your application form before submitting so that they can give you support and feedback (there is the option to save the form and access it via your email and a password).
When completing your application please do not provide links to other reading or documents. Your application will only be assessed on the information provided in the application form and our subsequent due diligence.
The selection process has two parts - all applications are initially read and scored against criteria to create a shortlist. The Selection Panel then meets and has five-minute telephone calls with each of the shortlisted projects - this will take place from 10.30am - 12 noon on Thursday 28th February. This is designed in part to judge the ability of your proposed presenter and it is therefore essential that they be available for this call. All projects are informed of the outcome a few days after this meeting.
Typically four organisations will be selected to present at each event, with the aim of getting a good range of issues and geographies covered. TFN 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 TFN team prior to the event.