The Only Way You Should Ever Begin Your Advocacy Funding Bid

Open your bid with an explosion

What’s the most important part of your advocacy funding bid? What’s the one thing that will shape how your bid’s assessor rates the rest of it? It’s how you begin it. Because even in the world of bid writing first impressions matter most. A brilliant first impression casts the rest of your bid in a […]

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Twelve tried and tested ways to improve your advocacy organisation’s funding prospects (via eight Advocacy Leaders)

Maintaining your advocacy service and growing its funding is hard work. Tenders are tougher than ever. Grant programmes become more competitive every month. To be successful there’s a lot of things to get right, and a lot of things you can get wrong. But within the advocacy community there’s a lot of experience and good […]

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Top 5 Reasons Why Advocacy Funding Bids Fail (and how to make sure yours doesn’t)

I’m sure you’ve experienced that crushing moment of rejection. Where you discover that the bid you pinned your last funding hopes on and worked so hard for has been turned down. At worst you’ll be left facing the loss of a vital service. At best a roadblock to your plans to help more marginalised people […]

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6 Hot Tips to Ease the Pain of Bid Writing

You’ve got a fundraising strategy. You’ve got good evidence that your project is needed and a list of funders to apply to. You’ve checked their guidelines and you know that you fit them. You know your project and your approach. You know what questions you’ll need to answer. You’re ready to go. All that stands […]

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The A Team Guide to Being an Advocate

You may not have noticed it before but the A Team bear a surprising resemblance to a team of advocates. There’s a good reason for this. If you remember, they started out in 1972 before advocates really existed and the advocacy movement had got going. They hung around for a long time, doing a lot […]

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Top Ten Reasons for Advocates to be Social Media Literate

10. You’re at a party and want to demonstrate that the advocacy profession is fully part of the 21st century and isn’t afraid to merge work and social boundaries. 9. You’re interested in understanding the cultural context of the lives of your clients who interact in the Web 2.0 world, especially since social media has […]

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