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Writing Effective Grant Proposals 
for Collections Projects 
Geology Curators Group, December 2014
I’m Nick Poole 
CEO of the Collections Trust 
since 2004, responsible for 
writing £15m in successful 
grant proposals since 2008
Collections Trust 
The professional association 
for people working in 
Collections Management
www.collectionstrust.org.uk
What is a ‘grant’? 
• Support (usually financial) offered by a funder to support specific 
activities, usually following a competitive application process 
• Usually without expectation of repayment (unlike a loan, financing or 
capital investment) 
• Commonly governed by specific conditions 
• Occasionally requiring in-kind or match-funding support 
• Mostly restricted (as opposed to donations or revenue, which are mostly 
unrestricted)
Who offers grants? 
• Governmental organisations or departments 
• Arms-length public bodies 
• Charitable Trusts and Foundations 
• Non-profit organisations 
• Educational charities 
• Companies 
• Private individuals (often through a grant making organisation)
Trusts and 
foundations 
26,600 
Trusts and 
Foundations 
which don’t make 
grants 
Grant-making 
charities 
28,700 
Other charities 
which make grants 
11,700 
Trusts and 
Foundations which 
make grants 
in the UK 
Source: http://data.ncvo.org.uk
Benefits of grant funding 
• Supports activity that may not (at least initially) be self-sustaining 
• Supports speculative or innovative activity for which there is no clear 
precedent (and for which it would be difficult to develop a business case) 
• Supports research & development the outcome or exploitation of which 
may be unknown
Challenges of grant funding 
• Funded activities or funder priorities may not correspond to your aims 
and objectives 
• Tends to focus on short-term or time-limited projects which establish a 
longer-term demand on capacity and resources 
• May require specific methodologies for project management, risk 
management and financial reporting 
• Writing grant proposals is time-consuming and costly, and may not result 
in investment
Changing attitude to grants 
• All heritage-related grant funders are reporting significantly increased 
competition and a corresponding reduction in the success-rate (from 1 in 6 in 
one case to nearly 1 in 30) 
• Reduced yields on investments is resulting in reductions in available grant 
funding 
• New approaches including social investment or loan finance, not always 
suitable for collections-based projects without a clear financial return 
• Increased tendency towards small/micro-grant programmes (£2-5k) in the 
museum & heritage sector 
• Emphasis on ‘additionality’ and outcomes rather than supporting core costs
Golden Rule #1 
Only apply for grant funding 
for activities that are 
consistent with your 
museum’s aims, forward plan 
and core priorities
Why do you want the money? 
• Most grant applications are written on a responsive basis (‘there’s a grant 
programme, it looks relevant, we should go for it...’) 
• A grant may provide upfront investment, but it comes with two sets of 
conditions: 
i. The short-term obligation to fulfil the conditions of the grant, and; 
ii. The long-term obligation to sustain the outcomes of the grant-funded 
activity 
• A grant seldom exists to enable you to do what you want to do
Golden Rule #2 
Be prepared
Put your idea together 
• Grant proposals for well thought-through projects that have a clear case for 
support are always more likely to succeed 
• Before going out and seeking funding support, it is a good idea to put some 
definition around your idea, including: 
• The need for the project 
• The scope, objectives and likely outcomes 
• An idea of budget or resources 
• Ideas about partners who can help you deliver 
• Any research or relevant supporting evidence 
• Potential funding sources (including an internal resource) 
• Having your idea in hand means you are going to be in a better position to 
respond to calls with short timescales
Seek appropriate funders 
• Once you have defined your project, objectives and requirements you 
need to consider who has active or forthcoming grant programmes in this 
field 
• Keep yourself informed - funding opportunities may be on a rolling cycle 
or within a specific window 
• Look at projects similar to yours (eg. in the trade press), visit the funders 
websites and sign up for their alerts services 
• Make Funding Central your new best friend – www.fundingcentral.org.uk
Golden Rule #3 
R.T.F.M
Read the guidance 
• All funders are different, and the conditions, objectives and scope of 
every grant programme is different 
• Funders pour time, effort and resource into developing readable, useful 
guidance, setting out how you should apply 
• Most funders are highly specific about the submission process, formats 
and supporting documentation 
• The fastest way to see your proposal dismissed is not to comply with 
these requirements
Check eligibility early 
• All funders will give clear guidance about 
• Types of organisation that are eligible to apply 
• Types of costs that can and can’t be supported (eg. salaries, overheads or 
capital costs) 
• Requirements for match-funding or in-kind support 
• Ineligible proposals don’t even get read – they are just discarded
Speak to the funder 
• The majority of funders would prefer to spend time in pre-application 
support than seeing people waste time and effort on proposals that are 
out-of-scope or not relevant to their aims 
• Funders like to know how people are responding to their programme calls 
• A programme or case officer will commonly be aware of the range of 
proposals under development and will often give you a valuable steer 
about what to avoid and what to emphasise
Golden Rule #4 
Give yourself time
Preparing your submission 
• Putting a good grant proposal together takes time – you can do it in 
evenings & weekends, but your chances of success (and sanity) are much 
higher if you treat the development of the proposal as a project 
• Don’t leave it until the weekend before submission – many grant funders 
require letters of support, documentation or other evidence which you 
will need time to collate 
• Always download everything, read through it and familiarise yourself with 
it before you start drafting.
Use stories and data 
• Funders are human, like everyone else, they respond to a good solid 
hearts-and-minds story and hard evidence 
• Many funders have one eye on the press release announcing a media-friendly 
list of eye-catching projects – help them get there 
• Don’t just focus on the facts – create drama, give insight. Why now? What 
will happen if the project doesn’t go ahead? Why is the situation unique 
or compelling?
Define the problem 
• Don’t focus on your collection as the problem – focus on the problem to 
which your collection is the solution 
• Very few funders will support core or ongoing costs for collections-focused 
activity 
• What is the problem you’re trying to solve (eg. lack of participation by 
children and young people, need to improve educational services to reach 
non-engaged communities) and how does improved access to or 
conservation of your collections address it
Create a credible workplan 
• Funders need to know what you’re going to do, how you’re going to do it 
and against what timetable 
• Observe the requirements of the grant guidelines – give people a clear 
indication of the sequence of events within the project 
• Be realistic about costs – under-pricing proposals leads to long-term 
problems for your organisation
Golden Rule #5 
Understand how your 
proposal will be assessed (and 
write it accordingly)
Common assessment process 
• First-pass check to verify eligibility 
• Proposal passed to a case officer or programme manager 
• Second-pass read-through for relevance/quality/potential impact 
• Proposal passed to external/expert assessor (depending on programme) 
• Assessments collated and scored 
• Long-list of proposals reviewed by case officer or programme manager 
• Final list signed off for funding
Assume nothing 
• Your proposal (much like a CV when applying for a job) may pass through 
several people for checking before it reaches someone who knows what you’re 
talking about 
• Never assume prior knowledge or technical expertise on the part of the 
assessors 
• Avoid jargon, expand acronyms, eschew obscure references (especially self-citation!)
Ask people to read your bid 
• A successful grant proposal is almost never a solo effort 
• Always ask friends, colleague, family to read through and critique your 
proposal prior to submission 
• Don’t be precious about what they tell you – if the core idea isn’t clear, the 
case for support isn’t compelling or the evidence isn’t strong enough, change it
See the funders perspective 
• The funder will almost always provide a context to or rationale for the grant 
programme 
• Read through this documentation and try and understand what the funder’s 
world-view is 
• Look at the assessment criteria, and review your proposal dispassionately to 
see how your idea fits with their concept of value 
• Always quote the funder back to themselves, especially if the quote is from 
something they’ve published other than the guidance material (it shows you 
care and aren’t just firing off applications on spec)
Golden Rule #6 
Positive mental visualisation
Be positive 
• Every successful bid I’ve ever written has contained the word ‘successful’ 
• Write from the position of assertion (we will do x,y,z) 
• If you feel excited about it, let it show 
• Pictures really help – we work in a sector of left-brained visual thinkers, so 
always create a picture of what you’re going to do, whether its your style or 
not
What makes a good proposal? 
• A good idea 
• Relevant to the scope and aims of the grant programme 
• Legible and well-argued 
• Supported by evidence of need 
• Realistic in scope, ambition and budget 
• Proportionate to the problem being addressed 
• Authentic and honest
What makes a bad proposal? 
• Hubris 
• Dishonest about aims (telling the funder what you think they want to hear) 
• Disorganised, illegible, repetitive or verbose 
• Unrealistic or over-ambitious 
• Not answering the question 
• Death by citation 
• Focus on process not outcomes
Golden Rule #7 
Build your reputation
Reputation really counts 
• If the assessor has heard of you or your organisation, if they have had a 
positive prior experience of your work or you are known for successful 
delivery of previous projects, this is a significant impact on funders and 
assessors 
• Profile in the sector and trade press, speaking at events, sharing information 
all helps build awareness of your museum as a credible delivery partner.
Golden Rule #8 
If at first you don’t succeed...
Try, try again 
• Most grant proposals fail 
• Always try and focus on the long-term objective, not the short-term outcome 
of a given programme 
• Read any feedback carefully and reflect on it 
• Look for alternate funding sources – the obscure trusts & foundations receive 
fewer proposals and are often more amenable to ‘core’ collections activities
Funding sources for 
collections projects
Heritage Lottery Fund 
• UK’s largest heritage funder 
• Grants between £3,000 and £5m 
• Sharing Heritage (£3,000 to £10,000) 
• Our Heritage (£10,000 to £100,000) 
• Heritage Grants (over £100,000) 
• Young Roots (£10,000 to £50,000) 
• Landscape Partnerships (£100,000 to £3m) 
• www.hlf.org.uk
Heritage Lottery Fund 
• Surrey Museums Geology Project 
• Lapworth Museum of Geology Development Grant
MA Esmee Fairbairn Fund 
• Funding to promote engagement with and use of collectons 
• £1m per year through 2016-18 
• Grants of £20,000 to £100,000 
• Promoting projects that are developmental & innovative and leave a legacy 
• Visit the programme website
AHRC 
• Most funding currently allocated 
• Range of programmes relevant to museums & humanities 
• Visit the programme website
Collections project funders 
• Anna Plowden Trust – CPD & training in conservation & collections care 
• Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Grants – supporting research & travel for curators 
• Charles Hayward Foundation – heritage & conservation grants 
• Clore Duffield Trust – funding focused on learning & engagement 
• English Heritage - currently in transition, has provided curatorial grants 
• Ernest Cook Trust – projects involving children, countryside & conservation 
• The Leche Trust – small grants for historic conservation & research projects
Collections project funders 
• ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund – purchasing for non-national museums 
• NIMC Accredited Museums Grants – 2014/15 call closed 19th November 
• Paul Hamlyn Foundation – focus on social/educational outcomes 
• Pilgrim Trust – grants to support conservation of collections 
• Summerfield Charitable Trust – focus on Gloucestershire, heritage projects 
• Plus any others that you know about!
Small Grant Funds 
• SHARE London Museum Development Grants 
• AIM Sustainability Grants 
• Federation of Museums in Wales 
• South East Museum Development grants programme 
• Museum Galleries Scotland Small Grants Programme 
• Check http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk for more
Keep in touch 
• We offer several ways of keeping in touch with our work and with each 
other 
– Collections Management LinkedIn community (8,200 members) 
– Fortnightly email newsletter 
– www.twitter.com/collectiontrust 
– www.facebook.com/collectionstrust 
– www.slideshare.net/collectionstrust

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Writing effective grant proposals for Collections projects

  • 1. Writing Effective Grant Proposals for Collections Projects Geology Curators Group, December 2014
  • 2. I’m Nick Poole CEO of the Collections Trust since 2004, responsible for writing £15m in successful grant proposals since 2008
  • 3. Collections Trust The professional association for people working in Collections Management
  • 5. What is a ‘grant’? • Support (usually financial) offered by a funder to support specific activities, usually following a competitive application process • Usually without expectation of repayment (unlike a loan, financing or capital investment) • Commonly governed by specific conditions • Occasionally requiring in-kind or match-funding support • Mostly restricted (as opposed to donations or revenue, which are mostly unrestricted)
  • 6. Who offers grants? • Governmental organisations or departments • Arms-length public bodies • Charitable Trusts and Foundations • Non-profit organisations • Educational charities • Companies • Private individuals (often through a grant making organisation)
  • 7. Trusts and foundations 26,600 Trusts and Foundations which don’t make grants Grant-making charities 28,700 Other charities which make grants 11,700 Trusts and Foundations which make grants in the UK Source: http://data.ncvo.org.uk
  • 8. Benefits of grant funding • Supports activity that may not (at least initially) be self-sustaining • Supports speculative or innovative activity for which there is no clear precedent (and for which it would be difficult to develop a business case) • Supports research & development the outcome or exploitation of which may be unknown
  • 9. Challenges of grant funding • Funded activities or funder priorities may not correspond to your aims and objectives • Tends to focus on short-term or time-limited projects which establish a longer-term demand on capacity and resources • May require specific methodologies for project management, risk management and financial reporting • Writing grant proposals is time-consuming and costly, and may not result in investment
  • 10. Changing attitude to grants • All heritage-related grant funders are reporting significantly increased competition and a corresponding reduction in the success-rate (from 1 in 6 in one case to nearly 1 in 30) • Reduced yields on investments is resulting in reductions in available grant funding • New approaches including social investment or loan finance, not always suitable for collections-based projects without a clear financial return • Increased tendency towards small/micro-grant programmes (£2-5k) in the museum & heritage sector • Emphasis on ‘additionality’ and outcomes rather than supporting core costs
  • 11. Golden Rule #1 Only apply for grant funding for activities that are consistent with your museum’s aims, forward plan and core priorities
  • 12. Why do you want the money? • Most grant applications are written on a responsive basis (‘there’s a grant programme, it looks relevant, we should go for it...’) • A grant may provide upfront investment, but it comes with two sets of conditions: i. The short-term obligation to fulfil the conditions of the grant, and; ii. The long-term obligation to sustain the outcomes of the grant-funded activity • A grant seldom exists to enable you to do what you want to do
  • 13. Golden Rule #2 Be prepared
  • 14. Put your idea together • Grant proposals for well thought-through projects that have a clear case for support are always more likely to succeed • Before going out and seeking funding support, it is a good idea to put some definition around your idea, including: • The need for the project • The scope, objectives and likely outcomes • An idea of budget or resources • Ideas about partners who can help you deliver • Any research or relevant supporting evidence • Potential funding sources (including an internal resource) • Having your idea in hand means you are going to be in a better position to respond to calls with short timescales
  • 15. Seek appropriate funders • Once you have defined your project, objectives and requirements you need to consider who has active or forthcoming grant programmes in this field • Keep yourself informed - funding opportunities may be on a rolling cycle or within a specific window • Look at projects similar to yours (eg. in the trade press), visit the funders websites and sign up for their alerts services • Make Funding Central your new best friend – www.fundingcentral.org.uk
  • 16. Golden Rule #3 R.T.F.M
  • 17. Read the guidance • All funders are different, and the conditions, objectives and scope of every grant programme is different • Funders pour time, effort and resource into developing readable, useful guidance, setting out how you should apply • Most funders are highly specific about the submission process, formats and supporting documentation • The fastest way to see your proposal dismissed is not to comply with these requirements
  • 18. Check eligibility early • All funders will give clear guidance about • Types of organisation that are eligible to apply • Types of costs that can and can’t be supported (eg. salaries, overheads or capital costs) • Requirements for match-funding or in-kind support • Ineligible proposals don’t even get read – they are just discarded
  • 19. Speak to the funder • The majority of funders would prefer to spend time in pre-application support than seeing people waste time and effort on proposals that are out-of-scope or not relevant to their aims • Funders like to know how people are responding to their programme calls • A programme or case officer will commonly be aware of the range of proposals under development and will often give you a valuable steer about what to avoid and what to emphasise
  • 20. Golden Rule #4 Give yourself time
  • 21. Preparing your submission • Putting a good grant proposal together takes time – you can do it in evenings & weekends, but your chances of success (and sanity) are much higher if you treat the development of the proposal as a project • Don’t leave it until the weekend before submission – many grant funders require letters of support, documentation or other evidence which you will need time to collate • Always download everything, read through it and familiarise yourself with it before you start drafting.
  • 22. Use stories and data • Funders are human, like everyone else, they respond to a good solid hearts-and-minds story and hard evidence • Many funders have one eye on the press release announcing a media-friendly list of eye-catching projects – help them get there • Don’t just focus on the facts – create drama, give insight. Why now? What will happen if the project doesn’t go ahead? Why is the situation unique or compelling?
  • 23. Define the problem • Don’t focus on your collection as the problem – focus on the problem to which your collection is the solution • Very few funders will support core or ongoing costs for collections-focused activity • What is the problem you’re trying to solve (eg. lack of participation by children and young people, need to improve educational services to reach non-engaged communities) and how does improved access to or conservation of your collections address it
  • 24. Create a credible workplan • Funders need to know what you’re going to do, how you’re going to do it and against what timetable • Observe the requirements of the grant guidelines – give people a clear indication of the sequence of events within the project • Be realistic about costs – under-pricing proposals leads to long-term problems for your organisation
  • 25. Golden Rule #5 Understand how your proposal will be assessed (and write it accordingly)
  • 26. Common assessment process • First-pass check to verify eligibility • Proposal passed to a case officer or programme manager • Second-pass read-through for relevance/quality/potential impact • Proposal passed to external/expert assessor (depending on programme) • Assessments collated and scored • Long-list of proposals reviewed by case officer or programme manager • Final list signed off for funding
  • 27. Assume nothing • Your proposal (much like a CV when applying for a job) may pass through several people for checking before it reaches someone who knows what you’re talking about • Never assume prior knowledge or technical expertise on the part of the assessors • Avoid jargon, expand acronyms, eschew obscure references (especially self-citation!)
  • 28. Ask people to read your bid • A successful grant proposal is almost never a solo effort • Always ask friends, colleague, family to read through and critique your proposal prior to submission • Don’t be precious about what they tell you – if the core idea isn’t clear, the case for support isn’t compelling or the evidence isn’t strong enough, change it
  • 29. See the funders perspective • The funder will almost always provide a context to or rationale for the grant programme • Read through this documentation and try and understand what the funder’s world-view is • Look at the assessment criteria, and review your proposal dispassionately to see how your idea fits with their concept of value • Always quote the funder back to themselves, especially if the quote is from something they’ve published other than the guidance material (it shows you care and aren’t just firing off applications on spec)
  • 30. Golden Rule #6 Positive mental visualisation
  • 31. Be positive • Every successful bid I’ve ever written has contained the word ‘successful’ • Write from the position of assertion (we will do x,y,z) • If you feel excited about it, let it show • Pictures really help – we work in a sector of left-brained visual thinkers, so always create a picture of what you’re going to do, whether its your style or not
  • 32. What makes a good proposal? • A good idea • Relevant to the scope and aims of the grant programme • Legible and well-argued • Supported by evidence of need • Realistic in scope, ambition and budget • Proportionate to the problem being addressed • Authentic and honest
  • 33. What makes a bad proposal? • Hubris • Dishonest about aims (telling the funder what you think they want to hear) • Disorganised, illegible, repetitive or verbose • Unrealistic or over-ambitious • Not answering the question • Death by citation • Focus on process not outcomes
  • 34. Golden Rule #7 Build your reputation
  • 35. Reputation really counts • If the assessor has heard of you or your organisation, if they have had a positive prior experience of your work or you are known for successful delivery of previous projects, this is a significant impact on funders and assessors • Profile in the sector and trade press, speaking at events, sharing information all helps build awareness of your museum as a credible delivery partner.
  • 36. Golden Rule #8 If at first you don’t succeed...
  • 37. Try, try again • Most grant proposals fail • Always try and focus on the long-term objective, not the short-term outcome of a given programme • Read any feedback carefully and reflect on it • Look for alternate funding sources – the obscure trusts & foundations receive fewer proposals and are often more amenable to ‘core’ collections activities
  • 38. Funding sources for collections projects
  • 39. Heritage Lottery Fund • UK’s largest heritage funder • Grants between £3,000 and £5m • Sharing Heritage (£3,000 to £10,000) • Our Heritage (£10,000 to £100,000) • Heritage Grants (over £100,000) • Young Roots (£10,000 to £50,000) • Landscape Partnerships (£100,000 to £3m) • www.hlf.org.uk
  • 40. Heritage Lottery Fund • Surrey Museums Geology Project • Lapworth Museum of Geology Development Grant
  • 41. MA Esmee Fairbairn Fund • Funding to promote engagement with and use of collectons • £1m per year through 2016-18 • Grants of £20,000 to £100,000 • Promoting projects that are developmental & innovative and leave a legacy • Visit the programme website
  • 42. AHRC • Most funding currently allocated • Range of programmes relevant to museums & humanities • Visit the programme website
  • 43. Collections project funders • Anna Plowden Trust – CPD & training in conservation & collections care • Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Grants – supporting research & travel for curators • Charles Hayward Foundation – heritage & conservation grants • Clore Duffield Trust – funding focused on learning & engagement • English Heritage - currently in transition, has provided curatorial grants • Ernest Cook Trust – projects involving children, countryside & conservation • The Leche Trust – small grants for historic conservation & research projects
  • 44. Collections project funders • ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund – purchasing for non-national museums • NIMC Accredited Museums Grants – 2014/15 call closed 19th November • Paul Hamlyn Foundation – focus on social/educational outcomes • Pilgrim Trust – grants to support conservation of collections • Summerfield Charitable Trust – focus on Gloucestershire, heritage projects • Plus any others that you know about!
  • 45. Small Grant Funds • SHARE London Museum Development Grants • AIM Sustainability Grants • Federation of Museums in Wales • South East Museum Development grants programme • Museum Galleries Scotland Small Grants Programme • Check http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk for more
  • 46. Keep in touch • We offer several ways of keeping in touch with our work and with each other – Collections Management LinkedIn community (8,200 members) – Fortnightly email newsletter – www.twitter.com/collectiontrust – www.facebook.com/collectionstrust – www.slideshare.net/collectionstrust