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Top tips in applying for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant
Monday 1 September 2014
Are you thinking of applying for an HLF grant in the near future? If so, follow our top tips for success
Give yourself time. Applying for a grant can take up many hours and you need to devote sufficient time and energy to the task. Don’t rush it!
If you know another parish which has already been successful in being awarded a grant, then ask them for help and advice. Perhaps they will look over your form for you. Most importantly, share the work with someone else – don’t shoulder the responsibility alone.
Before you even apply, register your interest with the HLF and obtain their advice. They are always happy to speak to parishes in the very early stages of developing a project and will be able to give you an indication of whether you are on the right track for success.
Don’t apply for more funds than you need. The HLF will go through your application in great detail and will scrutinize carefully what you propose to spend the money on.
Make sure that you include in your application how the project will benefit your local community. HLF sets great store by projects to benefit communities and you will need to demonstrate how you intend to fulfil this outcome by the completion of your project.