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from Third Sector (U.K.):

Funders ‘ask for more solid evidence from applicants’

Funders are becoming more rigorous in scrutinising the evidence provided by charities in funding applications, key sector voices have warned.

… [Big Lottery Fund CEO Peter] Wanless said providing this evidence could be harder for charities that were trying to address new challenges. “But we would still need clear evidence of the need and a demonstration of how their approach to it would work,” he added.

Tris Lumley, head of strategy at New Philanthropy Capital, said charities without a solid evidence base for their outcomes were at a “very high” risk of missing out on funding. He said smaller charities should not worry about research costs – as long as they asked themselves the right questions, it was something “everyone can do”.