We hear time and time again from our members that there is a need for guidance on how to fundraise effectively. Here you will find a comprehensive toolkit, tips from donors and members, as well as other resources to strengthen your fundraising.
Follow these tips as you apply for funding. For a step-by-step guide to design strong projects and write successful proposals, check out our toolkit.
Keep a list of donors and when their grant schemes open. Visit their website and sign up to their newsletter. Connect with them on social media. This way you can learn about their latest opportunities and calls for proposals.
Do not try to fit into their interests if you can not. Research who else has been sponsored by them. This way you can learn about the organisations and projects they sponsor and how to pitch to them.
Are you eligible and suitable for the funding round? If so, explain why your organisation is a good fit. Trust your local knowledge and expertise. You understand your context and the issues you face, so talk about them in your application.
Explain the steps you will take, the approach you have chosen and include past examples of success. Be realistic about what your project can achieve and by when.
In your proposal, include a budget line for your fundraising activities and the resources it will require.
Say that you are a member of Girls Not Brides! Many donors want to see that you are working with others to achieve your goals.