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Funders turn down great work all the time, they cannot fund everything....Have you presented your work better than the next applicant? If you haven’t included a fact about your work in the application the funder will not know it. Have you told the funder everything they want to hear? Check their guidelines against what you have drafted.

If they say “we will fund innovative work”, you say “our work is innovative in this way …”

Do deep research to really understand the funder. Spell out to the funder how you fit with their priorities. Know who you may be competing with – the other organisations in your field and spell out where you fit beside them.

Our world has changed. Just talking about what you did before the pandemic with no reference to how the world of your service-users has changed is missing a trick. Don’t sound irrelevant to the biggest thing that has happened in centuries.

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