Fundraising: How we got the grant - Deborah Riley, trusts and finance officer, The Rainbow Centre

Why did you apply to this foundation? We subscribe to the Factary, which provides limited information about grant-giving trusts newly registered with the Charity Commission. I spotted a link between us and the foundation because I was aware that Caron had used special therapies to ease the pain of her cancer, and our role is to help children with cancer. I applied speculatively to them and six weeks later TV presenter Gloria Hunniford (Caron's mother) called me to say that the cheque was on its way. The main condition was to name the homeopathy room after Caron. We agreed because Hunniford said the foundation would support us again in future.

What did the application process involve? I sent a letter outlining the need for the project, enclosing a budget sheet and our annual reports.

It really was that simple. It took around 30 minutes to complete and cost £1. It doesn't get more economical than that! Sometimes I spend two days putting an application together that might cost £100 and come to nothing.

Is part of the money for training? About £500 will cover the costs of training supervisors. I'm always very clear about the need for core costs.

The foundation was fine with this and kindly rounded up my £5,800 request.

Some funders won't help with core costs and say so in their criteria, while others won't say either way. Children in Need tends not to, so I find it best to include core costs and see what happens.

Did you apply to other funders? I have applied to 25 or 30 little-known trusts for this project. The others have been unsuccessful because I learned belatedly that they didn't accept unsolicited applications or that we work outside their geographical area. Some don't give a reason and others, such as JP Morgan Fleming Foundation and the Winestock Fund, have failed to respond.

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