Priority │ Guidelines and Principles

Why is the project an essential priority – and why is your particular approach likely to have a positive impact?

What are we looking for?

We want to understand why the proposed project is needed and what issue(s) it will address:

  • What are the issues you are trying to address?
  • Why are these issues important – and how do you know this?
  • Why is this identified need a priority area for investment in terms of the target group of participants and/or your organisation?

This principle is assessed in the following questions:

  • 3a: Why is the issue addressed by your project a key priority? Please explain how you have identified this priority.
  • 3b: How have young people been involved in the development of this project?
  • 3c: Please outline how your project fits, or aligns, with the strategic priorities of your organisation and/or external stakeholders.

How can this be demonstrated?

  • Clear description of the issues to be addressed, with explanation as to why they are important within the context of your project.
  • References to supporting research, data, and policy/strategy documents, e.g. Social Mobility Commission State of the Nation Reports, MID 2019, school’s teaching and learning strategy etc.
  • Evidence of stakeholder and service user engagement/consultation.

Why is this principle important?

“The Ormiston Trust has only a finite amount of resources and receive many applications for funding. Our starting point in determining which applications to fund is reviewing your evidence about why a project is an essential priority” James Murray, CEO, Ormiston Trust