Fundraising News: Grants - Leonie Turner, head of marketing and fundraising, Cirdan Sailing Trust

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What is the project and when will it start? The Cirdan Sailing Trust provides skills-development opportunities for 600 disadvantaged young people a year through the challenge of life at sea on a large sailing vessel. Queen Galadriel, the largest of our four vessels, came out of service in 2002 for a major refit costing £730,000, which is nearing completion.

Do you need further funding to complete the project? We still need to raise around £50,000 to reach our latest target.

How many trusts or foundations did you apply to for this funding? We made around 50 applications to alternative donors. Among those was the Community Fund, which awarded £270,000 offer our second application.

Is this your first grant from the Essex Youth Trust? No, they are our major supporters.

Which of your other projects has the trust funded? They make regular contributions to our bursary fund, as the service we provide to groups of disadvantaged young people closely meets their funding criteria.

Was the application a simple process? We always make a great effort to ensure our applications are targeted appropriately, and the provision of relevant material can be a lengthy and complicated process. Our close relationship with the Essex Youth Trust did help to simplify the application process.

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