Your burning questions – July update

Our BIG Advice Team receive up to 900 enquiries every month. We’re here to give advice and support before an organisation applies for funding. Below are three of the most recent burning questions:

What are the success rates for your grants of up to £10,000?

From July 2012 to June 2013, the success rates were:

2014 Communities – 90%

Awards for All – 66%*

Communities and Families Fund – 78%

Investing in Ideas – 50%

* Requests from arts and sports group are likely to have a lower success rate than 66%.

We’ve recently downloaded one of your application forms and cannot type into it or save it. We’re using a recent version of Adobe Reader.

Our application forms often need the most recent Adobe Reader version. This is available for free from Adobe’s website. Once this is fully downloaded and installed (not just updated) on your computer, please 1546887 250x250go back to our website. Then download a fresh application form. You should now be able to type into it and save it.

Other help on using our application, including for Apple Macs, is on our website.

Where do we find the ‘areas you would like to see access more Awards for All funding’ (from Q19b)?This is under ‘What are we looking for’ section on the Awards for All website. The areas are for the local authority area your project is specifically taking place in.

Please note it is not essential to come under one of these areas. Indeed, you do not have to come under any of our priorities at Q19b to potentially receive funding.

Latest tips on applying

Applicants to Supporting 21st Century Life can find out more about more on our investment in support for families. A video summary is available of this now.

For arts groups applying to Awards for All, this guide will explain what is more likely to be funded.

If you have any other questions about our funding, you can go to Ask BIG, where we give answers to other commonly asked questions.

Alternatively, if you can’t find your answer at Ask BIG, you can email us at

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