Grant Assessor Visits
Sometimes funders will use assessment visits as part of their grant making – either to help them decide whether or not they will fund your project, or, more likely, as a follow up to a grant they have made. Make the most of a visit from a grant assessor to build on the relationship your group has established with the funder - they may consider funding you again another time.
Arranging the visit
choose a venue where you can talk in a relaxed, informal atmosphere
be hospitable and provide refreshments - your assessor may have travelled a long way to see you
Who should be there?
committee or board members
any staff or volunteers involved in the delivery of the project
also consider trying to arrange the visit so that funders can get chance to meet any beneficiaries of your project and see the activities taking place
Making the most of the Assessment Visit
A visit is your chance to sell your organisation and project and to make a lasting impression. If the assessor has been won over by you personally they will act as an advocate and promote your project to their Trustees or Directors - often the views of the assessor will influence their decision on whether or not to offer you a grant. The assessor will be looking for enthusiasm and commitment to the project, signs that your project has the potential to make a difference, evidence of good planning and the capacity to run the proposed activity, evidence of local support, an honest appraisal of potential difficulties and evidence of sustainability, especially for capital grants. Build the assessor's confidence in all of the above and they will remember you.
If the visit is a follow up to a successful grant funded project - tell the funder what you have done. Remember, a funder may fund you a second time and is more likely to do so if you have built up a relationship and made them interested in your project. If unsuccessful, phone and ask why; they will be happy to give you feedback on your application, but may not have the resources to write individual letters.