6.4 Identify the Need
If you have a good idea why you want funding, you will be aware of problems or gaps in your community. Careful research of the need is an important first step when planning your project. This will help you decide how best to tackle the problem. It will also keep everyone involved in the project focused
When identifying need some questions to ask are:
Why are you doing what you are doing, what needs to change?
This can be from your own research or using information that others can provide, local area statistics, census records etc.
Why is there a gap? Has a service been removed? Is this an ongoing issue over time?
How do you know there is a need?
There may be a number of needs not being addressed in a local area so why is this one important? Is it a service that you can provide, is change achievable?
Why are you the best people to deliver the project?
Are you going to be working in partnership with other organizations who have you spoken to about the project and do they think it will benefit them?
There is no point reinventing the wheel if there is similar project to you. Why are you not working together if there is there a capacity issue? How do you feed in to strategies and the bigger picture locally and nationally?
More information on ways of defining need and how to evidence need can be found on the Big Lottery Scotland website.
1.0 Getting Started
2.0 Developing and Growing
3.0 Taking on an Asset
4.0 What is Social Enterprise?
6.1 Top Tips
6.2 Restricted and Unrestricted Funds
6.3 Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel
6.4 Identity the need
6.5 What is gift aid?
7.0 Dissolving an organisation