Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Save the Children

Catherine Bowen, trusts development executive

Why did you apply to this fund? The Diana Fund has been a committed supporter of Save the Children's work for many years. Our charitable objectives are closely aligned and the aims of this project are a good fit with the fund's aspirations. This project seeks to prevent the recruitment of young women by armed forces in Ivory Coast and support the reintegration of young women who have been recruited as 'wives' of the militia.

What did the application process involve? We had to complete a 22-page application form and explain how the projects took into account gender and disability issues. This provided an opportunity to show how, through the planning process, we had ensured that the needs of all beneficiaries would be met. We also explained in detail our partnerships with community-based organisations. Compiling the activity plan was useful because it crystallised our thinking.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? We received funding towards the salaries of both management and programme staff in the field, a significant contribution towards the programme input costs, support for monitoring and evaluation and a 5 per cent head office management support cost. The flexibility of this funding means we are in a position to meet the support needs of the partner organisation.

Did you apply to other funders? No. This was our first approach and we are delighted it was successful.

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT

Astrid Honeyman, chief executive, The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

The Save the Children project in Ivory Coast addresses all the specific issues of interest within our programme to assist communities in post-conflict areas, and it fits our criteria well. Focusing on young women and girls used as soldiers or otherwise involved with armed conflict, the project addresses an often neglected area of concern. The need for the project and its anticipated impact has been well researched. The project works with two well-established local partners. There is excellent interaction with the beneficiaries and a sound framework for monitoring and evaluation.

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