SYSTRA works in partnership with local authorities and other scheme promoters to develop infrastructure funding applications that comply with all relevant guidance – giving new projects the best possible chance of winning essential funds from a range of government programmes.

Securing funds for key construction and infrastructure projects

To access essential funds for new infrastructure and construction projects, scheme promoters need to submit successful bids to the relevant funding programmes. Applicants need to ensure their bid stands out from the crowd if they are to succeed in a highly competitive funding marketplace..

Finding the right funding opportunity for each project is the first challenge. Different funding schemes, such as Levelling Up and the UK Community Renewal Fund, among many others, have different requirements for applicants. Navigating government guidance is a complex exercise, and bids often need to be submitted within challenging timescales. Creating a compelling case for funding means compiling the best available evidence, demonstrating stakeholder engagement and support, establishing the economic case – including the benefit-cost ratio – identifying the wider outcomes and impacts of the proposed scheme, assessing risks, and developing a robust programme for delivery.

SYSTRA has proven expertise in compiling winning funding applications for local authorities and other scheme promoters. We understand the guidance for the various funding schemes on offer, and apply a thorough, methodical approach to developing the best possible bids for individual proposals.

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Our expertise across the energy, construction, environment and security sectors enables us to develop robust funding bids for clients, supported by the best available evidence and technical analysis.

Understanding the funding opportunities

The funding application specialists at SYSTRA understand how to develop successful bids for government funding. We understand the guidance for all of the different funds on offer. Our agile approach means we can adapt applications to meet changes in funding schemes, updates to guidance and shifting deadlines.

Compiling a winning bid

With all the necessary expertise and resources in-house, we can mobilise quickly to develop comprehensive funding applications within tight deadlines. We take the lead in all aspects of scheme appraisal to support funding bids. We understand the full range of infrastructure appraisal methods, and can carry out all relevant cost-benefit analyses and forecasting. By compiling a comprehensive evidence base, we develop truly robust and compelling cases for funding.

Making the case with logic mapping

Our expertise in logic mapping means we can provide the golden thread that brings together all elements of a bid into a coherent and compelling case. It’s essential that bids provide a consistent narrative throughout, with the different elements combining to tell the full story of the proposed scheme and its benefits.

Partnership approach to funding applications

Our approach to supporting funding applications is completely flexible. We are happy to work as part of a wider team, or to work in partnership with the bidder to develop comprehensive bids. If required, we can simply provide the technical analysis aspects for clients who want to author their own bids. We can also provide a critical overview to review the bid against relevant criteria. Or we can draft the entire bid from scratch, liaising with the client as required.

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