There are very many different kinds of funder and understanding them better will give you confidence and help your bids.
Public sector funds are shaped by public strategy so you need to know that. Independent trusts will be interested in it too but also do their own research and learn from comparing many hundreds of bids.
Big high profile funders are most likely to be able to speak to you or even visit you – take advantage of the chance to ask questions. If they are based a long way away from you they may not understand your situation unless you explain.
Do all the deep research you can and it will feel less like begging from a stranger and more like sharing with a friend – which is what most Funders would like to be.
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