Thinking of applying for funding, and want to know what your chances are? If so, it’s usually best to get in touch so we can discuss your idea, as your chances can depend on what you want to do! However, we also like to give you a general idea of how busy or competitive our funds are, so here are our success rates for the 6 month period up to 28 February 2018:
At 54%, the success rate for National Lottery Awards for All Scotland has dropped a little, mainly due to a significant increase in applications received this year.
The success rate for grants for Community-Led Activity remains high at 79%, which is good news if you are a local organisation looking to involve your community in wellbeing activities!
The medium grants for Improving Lives remain very popular, and 55% of applications are successful. Check our blog from the end of last year for some tips on improving your chances.
There is a two stage application process for our large grants for Improving Lives – and this overall success rate of 40% covers both stages. This success rate has fallen, reflecting increasing competition for over the last six months. 60% of applicants were successful at the first stage, and 66% at the second stage. As above, check this blog for tips on applying.
The 38% success rate for Community Assets covers all those invited to apply for a grant. This low success rate reflects the enormous demand for this funding, which we discussed alongside tips for applying in this blog.
The overall success rate of 75% for the Scottish Land Fund is up on the previous six months. However, the number of applications has remained similar, indicating that the quality of applications has increased. It also reflects our attempts to tell you earlier if this isn’t the right fund for you.
What do these success rates mean for me?
A high success rate doesn’t guarantee you’ll be funded, and a low one doesn’t mean you won’t! The strongest projects that most clearly fit with the activities we want to fund will always have a better chance. However, you are competing against other applicants for any of our grants, so the success rates might give you an idea where the bar is set.
Do these success rates give the full picture?
Not exactly – many organisations talk to us first and don’t end up applying. We typically talk to two- or three-times more potential applicants than actually apply. We do this to help figure out if our funding is right for you, to help you apply if it is, and to save you time and effort if it isn’t. To discuss an idea, just get in touch with our team in Scotland!
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