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Key Points in European Funding

  • Planning: Plan ahead so you don't get caught by short deadlines.
  • Clarity: Be clear about what you want to do and how it fits into priorities of the programme.
  • Partners: Build partnerships - not just funders but people and organisations who can add value to your bid
  • Budgets: Know what your costs are. You must be able to budget accurately when you build your bid.
  • Timing: Plan activities to take place in months 8 - 12
  • Transnational: Think transnationality - maybe not for your first application but once you have some experience in running programmes. Start finding partners in other countries 18 months to one year prior to the programme - find some anyway! It is hard work but definitely worth it.
  • Probity: Prepare for cashflow problems - try negotiating a contingency plan with UK funders
  • Patience: Be patient
  • Network: Do what you are best at and be prepared to share your knowledge and experience with others.

Don't just think of yourself as a voluntary organisation. For the purposes of European Funding you may be: a training provider, an employer, a public body, a community organisation.

Think laterally about the different ways you play a role in your community and for your users.