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. 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.
· 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 email@example.com.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
You should ask your sponsor 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 sponsor).
TFN 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.
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 and has short telephone calls with each of the shortlisted projects. This is designed in part to judge the ability of your proposed presenter and it is therefore important that they be available for this call. All projects are informed of the outcome a few days after this meeting, usually around four weeks before the event.
Typically four 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). 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.