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How to make your application complete

April 15, 2014

*This blog was updated on 19/12/17. This was to take into account the introduction of the new National Lottery Awards for All Scotland application form. 

Filling out a funding application can take up a lot of your time and it will probably feel great to finally submit your application to us. But before you do this, we recommend making sure your application is filled out correctly – as your application can only go for a decision once it’s fully complete!

This checklist is primarily for people filling out a National Lottery Awards for All Scotland application form, but will also be relevant for people applying to our other funding programmes as well.

So without further ado, here are the eight most common mistakes people make when filling out their application forms – and how to avoid them.

New And Old A4A Form

1. Application form

Occasionally we receive old application forms that are no longer in use or forms for the wrong funding programme.

Before sending in your application, please make sure you have the latest version of the application form (or the right application form for the programme you are applying to) by visiting our website or getting in touch with the Advice Team.

2. Organisation name

The name of your organisation should be consistent throughout the application process, not just on your form. For instance, it must be the exact same name as the one on your bank statement and governing document.

3. Contact details

Please accurately fill out the date of birth, phone number and home address of both contacts (if the home address is a flat, we will need both the flat and the building number).

The main contact section of the National Lottery Awards for All Scotland application form

4. Legally responsible (senior) contact

We know that the date of birth and home address of the senior contact (who may be a trustee or director) aren’t always readily available. However, we do need this information to process your application.

Additionally, please make sure the senior contact is not the same person as the main contact.

The section of the application form to fill in the legally responsible (senior) contact's details

5. Bank details

Your organisation’s bank account needs to be set-up before you apply to us. Please remember to attach a copy of a bank statement from the last two months. It must be in the name of your organisation, and must also show your organisation’s:

  • Address
  • Sort code
  • Account number

6. Project start date

Please ensure that the start date of your project is at least 10 weeks after you have submitted your completed application.

7. Digital signature

It’s also worthwhile double checking that your digital signature has been added correctly to the application before it is submitted. If emailing your application, this must either be a scanned copy of a real signature or, alternatively, a good quality smartphone photo of one. We can’t accept a typed name.

8. Sending in scans

Lastly, if sending in scanned documents, please check that the entire document has been scanned correctly. No information should be missing, and the scan must be clear and legible throughout.

Still unsure about what’s needed?

Feel free to get in touch with our friendly Advice Team on advicescotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk or 0300 123 7110.

Even if it seems like an obvious question, we prefer you to ask this before you apply – it could save you a lot of time afterwards!

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