Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Trojans

Rowena Morgan, development officer, Trojans

Why did you apply to this foundation? Heart Research UK's grant criteria specified that projects had to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

We're based in Lambeth, where many children come from backgrounds that are socially or economically challenging, and they can suffer from poor health.

Researching the level of heart disease that children face in Lambeth enabled us to form a picture of the problem, and this helped us to make a clear case for our interventional project. Children can miss out on sports because leisure centres are expensive and hard for children to access after school.

What did the application process involve? The first application form was six pages long. The next round involved a free-form application, which was two pages long, and a presentation, which lasted 10 minutes, with another 10 minutes of questions.

Could the application have been simpler? The application process was clearly structured and well explained, so I don't think it could have been done more simply.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? Heart Research UK prefers to fund projects. The money is for the salary of a part-time sports co-ordinator.

Did you apply to other funders? We applied to others, including the Foundation for Sport and the Arts, which turned us down.

Why we gave the grant

Denise Armstrong, lifestyle officer, Heart Research UK

The Trojans scheme meets our criteria by providing opportunities for the participants to take part in physical activities and educating them about heart health and healthy lifestyles.

Lambeth is a particularly deprived area with a lack of services for school-aged children. The sports co-ordinator will recruit and train volunteers and the healthy cooking sessions will complement the physical activity element of the project.

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