Applying to Grant Makers

Accessing EU Funds - 2015 to 2020

In January 2015, The Wheel commissioned a report into European Union funds, specifically to cover the period of 2015 to 2020.

CSR & SME's - Choosing a Charity Partner

Download the new Corporate Social Responsibility for Small & Medium Enterprises brochure below.

This new guide, developed by Chambers Ireland, Dochas and The Wheel, is not only an excel

How to Rebut Crazy Donor Demands

One of the biggest challenges the nonprofit sector faces is the sometimes dysfunctional relationship between nonprofits and their donors.

10 Steps for Fundraising from America

A guest post by David Wickert, Director of Chapel & York.

10 Ways to Improve Your Next Grant Application

The following briefing draws on material from the popular Training People one day training seminar, ‘Researching and Securing Grant Aid’

Carefully targeted, thoroughly researched and well argued grant applications from appropriate organisations or partnerships are the exception rather than the rule.

Download the 'How to Apply for Funding' Guide

One of the most common fundraising questions that anyone can ask is, how do I write a successful funding application. Well, of course this is largely down to a combination of skill and sometimes good luck. But nevertheless, there are a number of key preparatory steps all fundraisers can take to ensure that they get off to the best start possible when applying for funds.

The Wheel has developed the following guide to help ease fundraisers out of the starting blocks and launch them towards the home straight.

Top Ten Tips for Keeping Donors Happy

We often forget that donors are our customers, our partners in philanthropy, and members of our organisational family. They deserve the best care that we can give them - not just to keep them coming back and giving more, but because of their generous spirits and commitment to our cause.

Top Ten Tips for Keeping Donors on Your Side

1. Be committed - you and your staff must really like donors and be committed to providing them first-class service. If donor relations is a chore, try another career.

What Does Unsolicited Mean?

This term is often seen in the content of a grant-maker stating "they will not accept unsolicited applications". This means that the grant-maker is not open to receiving applications from organisations or individuals who have not been asked to submit one.

If a grant-maker has this policy it generally means that trustees or staff select projects themselves to support and do not respond to unknown applications. In a very few instances it is possible to send a brief letter in writing to such funders by way of asking if an application would be welcome.

What is Matched Giving?

Matched Giving is when an organisation (normally a company) matches the amount of fundraising an employee does for another organisation (normally a charity). The fundraising of the individual, or indeed a group of individuals is matched from the company's own resource up to a pre-determined level.

Application Question 1 - Your Contact Details

The first and usually the easiest part of the application asks for your group's name, address and telephone/fax numbers. However, think carefully about who it is that acts as the main contact for the application. A fundraiser may fill in the form but usually it should be the Coordinator/Manager, Director or Chairperson who takes responsibility for the project and they should sign the form and keep a copy.

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