1. Be really clear about what you are trying to do for your community. It's really important to tell us your story: what you want to achieve; why this is important and how you will use the funds raised.
2. Decide which of our priority themes your project will address, it may be more than one:
- Address Inequalities
- Improve Health and Wellbeing
- Get People Active
- Support Communities Working Together to Address Local Needs
- Encourage Volunteering
- Improve Where We Live
3. You will need to demonstrate that there is community support for your project. You can do this by describing how you identified the need for your project – did you do local surveys or engagement events? Show pictures and describe what you did.
4. Have a think about what the impact of your work will be, what difference will it make to your community? Consider:
- What needs to change and why?
- What will you do to make this change?
- How do you know this will create the change you want?
- What will you look at and measure to see if your change has worked?
5. Some funds will pay 100% of your project costs but for larger projects you may be expected to have other sources of funding: we call this "match funding". You will be expected to provide details about where this funding has come from so we can see how our grant is contributing to the overall project.
6. You will be able to get support from Exeter Connect who are funded by the Council to help apply for grants. If your group is just starting out and doesn't have a bank account they can help you with alternative options. We want to support all good ideas that fit with the priorities so don’t be put off… we will find a way to support your idea!
7. There is also support available from your local Community Builder who can link you with other local people who may be interested in working with you.
8. Your local Ward Councillors will want to support your project and will want to be familiar with what you are trying to achieve. To find out who your Councillor is, please use our find my Councillor page.