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Identifying need

The starting point for any project
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Need is the term we use to describe a problem, issue, or situation where something needs to change to make things better for a person, a group of people, an environment or an organisation.

If you have a good idea why you want funding, you will be aware of problems or unmet needs in your community. Careful analysis of the need is an important first step when planning your project. This will help you decide how best to address the problem. It will also keep everyone involved in the project focussed on the priorities.

You shouldn't start a project plan with who you want to work with or what activities you to do.

Need - key points checklist 

  • What is the problem or issue you want to address with your project?
  • What evidence is there that this need exists?
  • What are the reasons for the need?
  • Have you carried out any research?
  • Why have you prioritised this need?
  • Why is your project an appropriate response to the need?
  • Have you consulted with the people your project will benefit and other relevant stakeholders?
  • Do you know about relevant local strategies or initiatives, or other projects working in this field and how your project will fit in?

Read more about ways of defining need and how to evidence need, get help defining need.