FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY WE GIVE - Elaine Appelbee, chair of the Yorkshire %26 Humber Regional Awards committee of The Community Fund

What is your role in awarding funding?

The Yorkshire regional committee will give out £19 million this year to community groups and charities, in Yorkshire and parts of north Lincolnshire.

Our Awards for All grants are for amounts up to £5,000, the new Grants programme is for amounts between £5,000 and £60,000, and our Main Grants are for amounts up to £300,000. Exceptional projects might get more, however. The Community Fund aims to respond to the needs of particular regions by setting up different priorities for different regions.

What are the particular priorities and types of projects that you support in Yorkshire?

The amount of money available from the National Lottery is going down.

Last year we gave out £26 million, this year it will be £19 million. Older people are a priority for us because they're not getting a fair proportion of income in accordance with how many there are of them in the population. Children and young people with behavioural problems, homeless or those affected by domestic violence are another priority, as are black and minority ethnic groups.

Beyond fitting into your regional priorities, what is the key to a successful application?

Having a good idea, one that meets a real need. Often that means the community itself has come up with the idea to address their own needs.

Community involvement and user-led schemes. The nice thing about The Community Fund is you don't have to get it all right.

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