Thank you for your interest in applying to The Funding Network's upcoming Oxford Gives event, taking place from 6.15pm on Tuesday 19th May at Magdalen College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AU.
Please read the below guidance before continuing with your application.
What kind of organisations will be considered?
TFN supports not-for-profit organisations and 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 non-profits, please visit our website.
· TFN does not support organisations which involve the promotion of any specific religion or political party.
· Organisations do not have to be a registered charity but must be a registered not-for-profit with clearly stated charitable aims.
· Organisations should have an annual income of £500,000 or under, so that around £4,000 would make a useful contribution either to core costs or a particular piece of work.
· For our this event, TFN will only accept applications from organisations which work in Oxfordshire or have their national / international office based in that region.
Organisations already funded by TFN may re-apply after at least one year’s gap. If an application is not successful at the Selection Panel it may be resubmitted. Organisations 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 organisations, and the requirements for "sponsoring" an application reflect this. The Sponsor must know your work well, but not be paid by your organisation. If selected, your Sponsor must be prepared to publicly pledge at least £250 to your organisation / project and speak in support of it on the night. These requirements are designed to be an indication that they are confident the organisation / project is sound and would spend the money wisely.
Sponsors may not be in the paid employ of an organisation that they sponsor; other kinds of personal affiliation, such as trustee, mentor, or volunteer relationships, are entirely acceptable.
Please complete the following application form by 23.59 on Thursday 27th February. If you would like feedback on your application before submitting, please contact Jennie by 1pm on Tuesday 18th 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. There is the option to save the form and access it via your email address and a password so that multiple people can work on the application.
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. Shortlisted applicants are then invited to a five-minute phone call with our panel - these calls will take place between 3.30 - 5.30pm Tuesday 10th March. 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 applicants are informed of the outcome a few days after this meeting.
Typically four organisations will be selected to present at this event, with the aim of getting a good variety of issues. 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.
Preparing for the event
Selected presenters are required to attend a workshop with the TFN team prior to the event to help prepare their pitch. The date for this will be confirmed closer to the time. You are welcome to bring one additional person from your organisation with you to the session.