Challenge Fund top tips

The Electoral Reform Society Challenge Fund
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Challenge Fund top tips

Some helpful advice for completing your Challenge Fund application that can increase your chances of success

Top Tips

  • Check out your ideas with us before you apply. Before writing a full application it can be extremely useful to discuss your project idea with us to confirm that you meet our criteria. This will ensure that you don't waste your time applying with an idea that we will not be able to fund. You can contact us at or on 020 7928 1622
  • Read the application carefully. Make sure you answer the questions fully and that you have provided all the information required. This will save time during the assessment and will help to avoid disappointment.
  • Think like a funder. Be clear and concise in everything you write, and avoid jargon or flooding with too much additional information or material that we haven’t asked for. Above all be honest and realistic about what you will be able to acheive.
  • Keep a copy of your application to refer to. You will be surprised how often you will need to refer to it, both before a decision to approve funding has been made and afterwards, especially when you are completing your evaluation.

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If you've been unable to find the information you're looking for about the Challenge Fund you can also email us at or call 020 7928 1622.