Funders say they are getting stricter on applications

Increasing competition between organisations applying for grants means outcomes will become a more important criterion, funding conference hears

Almost three quarters of organisations that apply to BBC Children in Need for funding are unsuccessful
Almost three quarters of organisations that apply to BBC Children in Need for funding are unsuccessful

Almost three quarters of organisations that apply to BBC Children in Need for funding are unsuccessful, according to its chief executive David Ramsden.

Speaking at the Action Planning 2011 Charity Funding Roadshow yesterday, Ramsden said that 70 per cent of applications were unsuccessful.

Of the 30 per cent that were selected, he said not all got the amount they had asked for. Because demand was so strong, his organisation had to make tough decisions about what it would fund.

"We’ve had to do some pretty careful analysis about where we can make the most difference," he said. "Increasingly, organisations like ours are going to be using the language of outcomes as it’s competitive out there."

Linda Kelly, chief executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, said it was thinking about increasing the length of time that had to elapse before before an organisation that had been funded could make another application. She said this would enable more organisations to benefit from its support.

According to the guidelines on the foundation’s website, organisations that receive a grant are currently ineligible to apply again for at least two years. 

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, who was also speaking at the event, told delegates that there would be no more money from the Transition Fund beyond the £107m that has been allocated.

"It’s finished, there’s no money to do another one," he said. "It’s over."

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