Applications and assessments

Six principles for open and trusting application and assessment processes.

Charities do not expect an easy ride from funders. They know funding is highly competitive and that they need to make a good case for support.

However, what is frustrating for charities is when funders’ requirements feel too onerous, especially for the value of the grants on offer; when application processes do not give them a chance to make their best case; and when application forms are cumbersome and clunky.

While the experiences of participating grantmakers – and the charities they fund – are far from uniform, our research ‘Let charities shine‘ looks at six principles for more open and trusting funding application and assessment processes that can guide foundations.

Principles for open and trusting application and assessments

Case studies

Examples

The Blue Thread small grants enquiry form

Applications and assessments resources

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Charity voices

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