Preparing your first-stage proposal

Before you begin your online application, you need to prepare three documents, which we will ask you to upload at the end of our online form. Along with the form, these documents make up your first-stage proposal.

The documents we need are: an introductory letter, answers to five questions and a copy of your most recent accounts.

You can find further details on what we are looking for in the sections below:

An introductory letter

Use this letter to introduce your work, set it in context or give us information which does not sit comfortably elsewhere. This letter gives you some additional space to 'fill in the gaps' and tell us things which aren't covered by our questions, or which you think it would be helpful for us to know, so do make use of it! However please keep it brief - no longer than two sides of A4.

Answers to our five questions

Your answers to these questions will help us understand your organisation and how you work in the context of your community. Don’t worry about making your application ‘professional’ or glossy – we are looking for openness and a clear sense of the work you do and how and why you do it.

Your answers to the five questions should take up no more than two sides of A4. Please try to answer the questions individually, using them as headings for your responses.

To see more details on what we are looking for under each question, please click the down arrow on the right.

1. Please tell us about the work you do.

  • Use your response to this question to give us an idea of the full range of the work you do (or the work you plan to do if you are a new organisation).
  • Make sure that you tell us how many people you work with (or the number of people you hope to reach if you are a new organisation). This helps us to get an idea of the scale and scope of your work.

2. What change are you working towards with the community you support?

  • Your answer to this question should help us understand why you do the work you do. What does your work mean for your community – what difference does it make?
  • Remember that when we use the word community we don’t just mean your local area: your community can also be a ‘community of interest’ – a group of people with a particular shared need, experience or identity.

3. Tell us something about the community you work with and the challenges it is currently facing.

  • Remember your community might be a geographical community or a community of interest – or both!
  • It is fine to use some official statistics to explain the challenges faced by your community but we are most interested in your organisation’s direct knowledge and experience of these challenges – how do you know about them? What did you do to find out?
  • Your answer to this question can help us understand how you listen to your community and amplify the voices of its members – sometimes giving examples or including a quote or very brief story can be helpful here.

4. What strengths and opportunities do you see in your community?

  • Often when you apply for funding the focus is on need and what your community lacks. Here we are interested in the other side of the coin – what positives can you build on? What assets does your community have and how do they contribute to what you do?

5. How can Tudor best help you?

  • This is where you can explain what kind of support you are looking for. You can give an indication here of the level of funding you are looking for – or not! We don’t need you to attach a figure to your request, although if you have a clear idea of the amount of grant you are looking for it is fine to tell us this here.
  • There might be other kinds of non-financial support which you’d find helpful, above and beyond a grant. You can tell us about this here.
  • If you are applying for a capital grant remember that we are most interested in what goes on inside the building, rather than the details of the construction work needed. We want to understand the difference a new building or building improvements would make to your day-to-day work.

Your most recent accounts

If your organisation is too new to have annual accounts please attach a copy of a recent bank statement instead – you need to have a bank account in your organisation’s name to apply to us. But if you have accounts we do need to see them at this stage.

Once you have prepared these three documents, you will be ready to fill in our online form.