Are you a social entrepreneur or grassroots non-profit with a big idea or a program that needs a little more support to achieve great things? Then you’ve come to the right place!
*Please make sure you download and read the TFN Live application criteria (specific to each event) and advocate guide before you apply. Applications to pitch at our events are accepted until about 14 weeks prior to each event - be sure to check the upcoming events page for specific dates and themes.
You can also learn more about how to avoid the 5 most common mistakes when pitching for funding in this video from our NFP Partnerships Manager Tommy Trout.
Once we’ve received your application, we undertake due diligence by reviewing your submission, legal status, finances, annual reports, websites, and often by speaking directly with the social entrepreneur, board members or your advocate. A maximum of six organisations are shortlisted for a 10-minute telephone interview with our selection panel ten weeks prior to the event. The selection panel is made up of representatives from the event partners, philanthropic or social sector experts and one TFN executive or board director. Since passion and great presentations make a huge difference to the success of the pitches, each presenter is invited to outline their application over the phone, so the selection panel can hear it firsthand and ask questions.
Finally, three organisations are selected as finalists. They are required to attend a pitch coaching workshop about three weeks to prior for the big event.