1. Receiving your application – Once we receive your completed application form we will send you an acknowledgement and let you know the name of your funding officer.
2. Assessing your application – Your funding officer will contact you to arrange a visit that suits you and may ask you for some additional information. This could include, for example, a detailed project budget, staffing information, a copy of your organisation’s latest accounts and, if your work is existing, some evidence of the impact or difference your project has made to date.
3. Face-to-face assessment visit – During the visit your funding officer will discuss your project and explore how it meets the programme outcomes and three key themes. Your funding officer will also discuss with you how the project will be delivered and the difference the project will make.
4. Assessment report – Once the visit is complete your funding officer will write up an assessment report which will consider:
how your project meets the programme outcomes and three key themes
if delivery and cost of the project is appropriate and realistic
if your organisation has the skills, experience and resources to deliver the project.
The assessments will be moderated by our team. If further clarification is needed, your funding officer will contact you.
5. Decisions – There are different decision routes depending on how strong your application is and the amount of funding you have requested. Your project is presented at decisions meetings alongside other projects and this is a competitive process.
The team will meet to discuss your project and if it does not strongly meet the assessment criteria (outlined in point four above), your project will not be awarded funding. This decision will be endorsed by the Senior Head of Funding and your funding officer will inform you of the decision.
If your project strongly meets the assessment criteria, then who makes the decision will depend on the amount of funding requested:
For applications requesting funding of £200,000 and under
Projects at this level will be presented at a meeting of experienced staff from across the organisation. Decisions will be made at these meetings and endorsed by the Senior Head of Funding. Your funding officer will inform you of the decision.
For applications requesting funding over £200,001
Projects at this level will be considered by our Northern Ireland Committee, which is made up of six people (see further details of the Northern Ireland Committee members). Your funding officer will inform you of the decision.
6. Communicating the decision – We will let you know our decision within four months from submission of your completed application.
If your project is unsuccessful your funding officer will provide some feedback by phone and you can also arrange a feedback meeting. You will also receive a letter confirming the decision.
If your project is successful, we will send you an offer letter and your funding officer will be in contact to discuss next steps.