Application woes

Been staring blankly at your application form for ages, wondering what on earth it is we’re asking you to write? You are not alone! While we do try our hardest to be clear (I promise), this is no easy task to accomplish considering all the information we need from you. It doesn’t help that the same language tends to be used across granting organisations, but with different meanings – leaving us all with headaches in the end.











With that in mind, to try and give you a better understanding of what it is we mean when we use certain terms, we’ve done you up a little glossary here, and a case study showing the glossary words in action here.

Scared by the video portion of the application? Don’t be! We are honestly not looking for the next great film here; we just want to get a richer, more personal sense of who you are and what you’re doing. We know not everyone has done something like this before, so we’ve made you a five step guide to uploading video here, along with a sample video here, so you can get a better sense of what we’re asking of you.

Finally, bearing in mind that we here at SIFI have now read over 400(!) applications, we have some general pointers for you to keep in mind when you’re applying for any of our funds.

  • Go through the information & criteria on the page of the fund you’re applying for before you start
  • Answer the questions asked with clear, concise language
  • Keep the fund criteria in mind when answering the questions
  • Keep to the word count
  • Avoid copy-pasting answers from your website or previous applications (it shows!)
  • Answer questions on behalf of your project, not the applying organisation (where different)
  • Use research or pilot results to explain why your solution is needed
  • Use facts and figures
  • Use examples to further explain your answers
  • Cite your sources when using outside research*

*Citations are helpful when you’re making a claim, such as “98% of all dogs are illiterate.” Where did you get that figure from? Don’t assume that information you know will already be known by us. We don’t require any particular format for citations, linking to the article or paper the information is pulled from is perfect.

Still feeling confused? That’s okay! Get in touch with us at and we will do our best to help.